Brief Preparation and Submittal Rules

Environmental Moot Court 2014

To receive credit for the course you are required to submit a brief of passable quality that meets all of the following requirements.

  1. Format
    1. All portions of the brief must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font.
    2. The brief must be double-spaced.  You may use single-spacing for footnotes, point headings and block quotations.
    3. The brief must be printed on 8 ½ by 11 inch white paper.
    4. Typed material should be no more or no less than 6 ½ by 9 ½ inches on one side of each page.
    5. The brief must be no less than 25 pages, but no more than 30 pages.  Any page on which the following typed material appears is excluded from the page count:
      1. Covers
      2. Questions Presented for Review
      3. Table of Contents
      4. Table of Authorities
      5. Appendices
    1. All citations appearing in the brief must comply with the latest edition of A Uniform System of Citation, (The “Bluebook”).
    2. Briefs must comply with all rules of the United States Supreme Court unless otherwise superseded by this memorandum, including the following exceptions.
      1. Do not follow Rules 24.1(e), 24.2, 24.3 & 24.4.
      2. Do not follow Rule 25.
      3. Do not follow Rule 26.  Instead, use and cite to the problem as the record.
      4. Follow Rule 33 only with regard to the color.
      5. Do not follow Rule 34.1(c).
    1. The brief must be securely bound or fastened along the left margin.
  1. Submission Rules
    1. Due Date and Procedure:  
      1. Briefs may be submitted from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Room 541-B.  Once submitted, briefs will be time stamped. 
      2. Please submit three (3) copies of  your brief:
        1. One (1) copy should include competitor names and team number.
        2. Two (2) copies should only include team number to ensure anonymous grading. 
        1. Briefs submitted prior to Friday, March 7, 2014, should be hand delivered to Caroline Paillou.  Please e-mail Caroline Paillou at in order to arrange a time to deliver the briefs. 
        1. Briefs submitted between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM will receive a one point deduction from the final brief score for every five minutes past the noon deadline.  Briefs will not be accepted after 1:00 PM. 
  1. Grading
    1. Briefs will be graded for content and style using the law school numeric grading scale. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact a moot court board member by e-mail or through their mailbox.