The Intra-School Competition has been held annually since 2009. It is designed to display the strengths of the new incoming IMC members and assist the E-board in deciding which students are best suited for each upcoming international competition.
The competition consists of a written brief and an oral argument, each comprising half of the competitor’s overall score.
New members are required to complete the brief in the weeks following the completion of the Spring semester. Competitors must argue one side of a two question, hypothetical issue. The issue is usually influenced by a past Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and is the competitors’ first experience in international law. Former IMC members and Valparaiso Law Faculty grade each of the written briefs for a score out of 100.
The Oral Argument rounds begin a week after law school resumes for the Fall semester. One competitor from each side will have 10 minutes to argue the issues before a panel of IMC members and the E-Board. The Oral Argument scores are out of 100 points, and are combined with the competitors’ brief scores to produce an overall score.
The competitors with the six highest overall scores advance to the Semi-Final Oral Argument Rounds. At this stage, they argue before a panel of Law School faculty and IMC E-Board members. They also may be required to go off-brief. The competitors are scored again, and the highest scorer from either side advances to the Final Round.
The Final Oral Argument Round is held before the entire student body and faculty of both the University and the Law School. Law School Faculty and local attorneys, judges and legal personnel judge the Final Round. There are awards for the Best Oralist of the Intra-School Competition, the Runner-Up of the Intra-School Competition, and the Best Memorial.
Best Oralist- Lakshmi Jayanthi
Runner-up Best Oralist- Marina Takagi
Best Memorial- Colette Reinke