Thank you for considering judging the memorials of one of the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme’s many competitions. We are sure you realise the significance of your task as the memorial is a critical part of the overall Moot Court Competition. As an adjudicator, you not only play a critical part in the competition but you also have a role in furthering the development of participants’ practical legal skill sets, which will can both have a positive impact on their future career. This guide will give you some important pointers about judging the oral rounds. Even if you are an experienced moot court judge, we recommend you spend some time reading over this guide.
I. Role and Responsibilities of a Memorial Adjudicator
The fundamental responsibility of a Moot Court adjudicator is to be thorough given the facts of the case. As a result, it’s essential that before grading the Memorials, adjudicators should spend some time thinking about the conceptual legal issues raised in the problem. Being aware of the law surrounding the problem will allow judges to provide a more thorough analysis of the participant’s argument, and ultimately result in a better experience for both you and the Moot Court participants.
II. Reading and Grading the Memorial
The Moot Court administrators will provide you with a detailed reference guide for how to evaluate and score Memorials. The guide includes examples of past Memorials submitted by Moot Court teams, in addition to the respective scores and comments that were provided by past Memorial graders. This reference should provide an appropriate baseline for how to evaluate and score Memorials for a Moot Court Competition. One approach to evaluating the quality and extent of the research and analysis in the Memorial is to quickly assess both the Table of Contents and List of Sources/Authorities prior to reading the Argument and Submissions sections. When analyzing the List of Sources/Authorities be careful to examine the quality and relevancy of the sources/authorities listed and not the sheer quantity. Judges should assess the Memorial upon both the overall persuasiveness and strength of the argument, as well as how the structure and order of the argument strengthens or possibly detracts from a team’s overall approach to the case. In addition to the reference guide, a scoring sheet will be provided to grade the Memorials, which is intended to reduce subjective marking and ensure consistency throughout the competitions. The minimum score a team can receive on their Memorial is 50 points, while a team can earn up to a maximum of 100 points. Copies of the score sheet used to grade the memorial is available below. Upon completion of reading the Memorial and filling out the score sheets, judges are requested to email or fax the score sheets to the Moot Court administrators before the designated deadline. If you have questions at anytime about grading the Memorials, judges should contact the Moot Court administration.
III. Checklist for Grading Memorials
- Does the Memorial have a Front Page, specifying the team number, side argued, and total number of words in the Argument and Submissions sections?
- In the ‘Table of Contents,’ do the headings accurately illustrate the structure of the Memorial?
- Has a ‘List of Abbreviations’ been provided?
- Does the ‘List of Sources/Authorities’ allow a reader to locate and identify the authority in a publication?
- Does the ‘List of Sources/Authorities’ demonstrate the strength of their legal argument?
- Does the ‘Questions Presented’ demonstrate a sound understanding of the facts presented in the case?
- Is the ‘Statement of Facts’ reflective of the facts presented in the case and/or a regurgitation of the case?
- Does the ‘Summary of Argument’ shed further insight into the case and advocate the legal approach of the team?
- In the Argument Section, are the facts, laws and analysis presented and structured in a logical manner that supports the argument being advocated?
- In the Argument Section, does the argument adequately incorporate legal authorities and sources which are properly cited?
- Does the Argument Section advocate a clear and persuasive argument grounded in law?
This guide was intended to serve as a resource and provide insight and information regarding the roles and responsibilities of a Memorial Adjudicator prior to the actual Moot Court Competition. If you know anyone who would be both interested and qualified to judge either the memorials or the oral rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, we would appreciate if you would inform your friends and colleagues of this opportunity. Once again, we are excited and honored to have you participate as a judge in the Price Media Law Moot Court and hope you are looking forward to and will enjoy this experience. If you have any questions about the rules of the competition or your specific responsibility as a Memorial Adjudicator please feel free to contact the administrators of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.