1L Closing Argument

The 1L Closing Argument Competition will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. This is a great opportunity to prepare a closing argument and get feedback from our judges before tryouts in the Spring, as well as gain advocacy experience as a 1L!

Mandatory AES

All competitors must attend a MANDATORY AES on Thursday, Febuary 11th in Florance 201 at 12:00 pm.  If you are unable to attend the AES and would still like to compete please contact James Peacock (jpeacock@smu.edu) AND Charles Entsminger (centsminger@smu.edu) prior to the mandatory AES. Please see the AES page for more information on the competition format and helpful materials.


Who is eligible to compete?

  • Only 1Ls & 1Es are eligible to compete in this competition
  • This competition is limited to 32 competitors, so failure to sign-up quickly may prevent you from participating. You can sign up to bailiff as well, in the event that you don’t get a spot.

When will I get the competition problem?

  • The problem for this competition is to write a closing argument for any side in the following cases:
    • Pierson v. Post
    • Katko v. Briney
    • Regina v. Dudley Stevens
  • It is your choice as to which issue in any of the above cases you would like to write on; you also get to choose which side you argue for.
  • Participants are only required to do (1) closing argument for all three rounds, however, they are welcome to perform multiple closings from different cases throughout the day.

What is the format of the competition?

  • Each room will have up to 5 competitors and a panel of judges.
  • Each competitor will present their argument before the panel.
  • You have a maximum of 6 minutes to present and will receive 4 minutes of feedback after their presentation; bailiffs will keep time.
  • There will be two Preliminary Rounds in the morning, and the Final Round (of 4 students) will be in the afternoon.


What will I be doing?

  • Generally: keeping time, handing out and picking up ballots, and managing the room you are assigned
  • Specific directions regarding responsibilities is at the discretion of the competition director


  • Any 3E or 3L/4E student with advocacy experience can judge. BOA directors and students on off-campus teams are especially encouraged to sign up.

If you have any questions regarding this competition, please email James Peacock (jpeacock@smu.edu)

Sign Up Sheet for Competitors, and Bailiffs

Competition Registration Link

*Reminder, if you register before 5:00 PM, Monday, February 11, 2019, your registration will not be counted.

  • Registration for the competition opens at 5:00 PM, Monday, February 11, 2019. 
  • Registration will close at 12:00 PM CST Friday, February 15, 2019. 
  • You must register for the competition through the BOA’s website link above.
    • BOA Orientation (1/16/19) is MANDATORY to participate, failure to attend WILL result in the loss of your registration.

Bailiff Registration

For the Closing competition, if you are not able to compete, you can still earn BOA points by serving as a bailiff. Please fill out this form if you would like to serve as a bailiff.