Columbia Law School's Appellate Advocacy Competition

Made possible by the generous support of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

September 30, 2010

Rule Change Update - Outside Assistance

Please note that Section 5 of the rules has been changed to emphasize that students are expected to work independently.


(a)    In General.  Briefs must be independently written and researched.  Although participants may discuss the issues with other students, each participant’s arguments must be his or her own. 

(b)    Research Assistance.  Participants may not receive research assistance. 

(c)    Professors and Practitioners.  Consulting with professors or practitioners about the specific questions presented or facts of the record is not permitted.

(d)    Editing.  Participants may have their briefs edited for typographical and grammatical errors.  Participants must not receive substantive or structural comments on their briefs except for those provided by competition judges after the completion of a round.     

(e)    Disqualification.  Failure to abide by this rule, as judged by the director, will result in disqualification.           

Rules of Competition