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Tullis Moot Court Competition

Photo of the Tullis Competition winners' plaque at the LSU Law Center.

Named in honor of the late Dean Emeritus of the LSU Law Center, the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition has been a tradition of honor since 1936. Teams of second-year law students write an appellate brief in a hypothetical United States Supreme Court case and then argue the case to panels of attorneys and judges in an oral advocacy tournament. This tournament consists of two preliminary rounds, with the top 16 teams advancing to the elimination rounds. Those teams then compete in a one-loss elimination bracket until a champion is determined.

The two winners of the Tullis Competition have their names inscribed on the Tullis plaque, which is located outside the Law Center’s Robinson Courtroom. All four finalists receive automatic invitations to membership on the Board of Advocates in the following year. Awards are also given to the top oralists and best briefs, with the winners of the Best Brief and Best Oralist awards also receiving automatic invitations to membership on the Board of Advocates.

2023 Tullis Competition

The 2023 Tullis Moot Court Competition case file and rules can be accessed in the Advocacy Resources folder. To access the folder, visit the LSU Law Center Remote File Access page, log in using your MyLSU credentials, and then navigate to Community Files -> Law Files -> Advocacy Resources. You will need to log in using your MyLSU credentials.

Teams can register to compete in the 2023 Tullis Moot Court Competition at the following link: 2023 Tullis Moot Court Competition Team Registration Form

2023 Competition Dates:

  • Team Registration Period: August 14 through September 5
  • Tullis Brief-Writing Workshop (open to registered teams only): Wednesday, August 30 at 5:00 pm in Room 110
  • Tullis Brief Submission Deadline: Saturday, September 9 by 11:59 pm CST
    • (Note: Moot court external team tryouts will be held Sept. 19-20. 2Ls who wish to try out for moot court external teams must participate in the Tullis competition.)
  • Preliminary Round 1: Wednesday, September 27 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Preliminary Round 2: Tuesday, October 3 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Quarterfinal Round: Monday, October 9 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Semifinal Round: Monday, October 16 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Final Round: Monday, October 23 at 6:00 pm in the LSU Law Center’s Robinson Courtroom (Room 201)