On-Campus 2L/3L Arbitration Competition

2L/3L On-Campus Arbitration Competition – September 21st, 2019


About the On-Campus Arbitration Competition

Competitors will compete in teams of two, with each advocate performing two of the four elements of the competition: Opening, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, and Summation.

The competition will occur in two rounds: a morning round of examinations (Cross and Direct) and an afternoon round of statements (Opening and Summation). Each partner must present once per round (i.e., Partner A may not present both halves in the morning round while Partner B presents both halves of the afternoon round). After both rounds have completed, the scores will be tabulated and the winners and runners up will be announced.

Each presentation will have a ten minute time limit, which will be strictly enforced. Please plan your preparations accordingly. This format is intended to make sure that the amount of work is doable for our competitors, and to ensure that the rounds proceed smoothly.

Opening Statements and Summation are unique in arbitration in that the panel is allowed to question the advocate, like in a moot court round. Advocates will be judged on their ability to handle questions and move back into the statement.

Competitor Registration/Sign-Up for On-Campus Arbitration Competition

  • Registration for the competition opens at 5:00 PM CST Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and closes at 5:00 PM CST Friday, September 13, 2019.
    • All Teams must sign up for the Competition through the form below.
    • Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Those who do not make the initial teams will be placed on a waitlist.
  • You MUST have a full team of two competitors before a team member can sign up.
    • Teams MUST consist of either 2Ls and/or 3Ls. 1Ls are encouraged to sign-up below to serve as bailiffs.
    • Note: If you are interested in competing, but do not have a partner, please contact Andrew Gray (agray@smu.edu)
  • Competitors who made it into the competition will be notified by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 13, 2019 and will receive their competition packets at that time
  • The deadline to withdraw from the competition without BOA sanctions is Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM.
  • Competitors must arrive at Carr Collins Hall to check-in by 8:30 AM on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The first round of the competition will begin promptly at 9:oo AM on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Bailiff Registration/Sign-Up for On-Campus Arbitration Competition

  • 1Ls are encouraged to sign-up to bailiff – it is a wonderful opportunity to earn service points and learn more about arbitration.
  • Starting 8:00AM on Monday, September 16th, you may email Andrew Gray at agray@smu.edu to sign up as a bailiff.

Signup Form


Should you have any questions, please contact Andrew Gray (agray@smu.edu) or Katie Frisbie (kfrisbie@smu.edu).

The Team Registration Form can be found below. It will begin accepting submissions for this tournament on 5:00 PM CST Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

2L/3L Arbitration Competition Sign-Up Link