2015-16 Jessup Competition Tryout


Interested upper division (second, third and fourth-year) students are invited to tryout for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The competition is named after Philip C. Jessup, who was an American justice on the International Court of Justice and a renowned scholar of International Law. It is among the oldest and most prestigious interscholastic mooting activities in the nation (actually, the World) and one in which OCU has enjoyed a considerable measure of success since 1976. The 2015-16 problem will have as its focus issues of Public International Law (law among nations) involving specifically the legality of mass surveillance programs, the expropriation of property allegedly used in such programs and the legal consequences of cyber hacks attributable to states. Presumably, the problem is based in part on the recent events involving China, Russia and the USA.

Jessup Team

The OCU Jessup Team is comprised of 5 students members, 4 of whom are brief writers/oralists and 1 of whom is an editor. Since 2 members from the 2014-15 team, Erin Gregory and Madelaine Hawkins, are returning this year as a brief writer/oralist and the editor, respectively, I am seeking 3 brief writers/oralists for the 2015-16 team. The tasks of the brief writers/oralists include extensive research and accomplished brief-writing as well as oral skill development and display. The Jessup Competition requirers that each school’s team prepare briefs and present oral arguments for both sides of the problem.

  1. Candidates for the 3 positions must provide the required personal information in the correct blank spaces on the candidacy listing sheet which is posted adjacent to Professor Dillon’s office door (Room 436). They must also submit a writing sample. See item 2 below. Since a live oral presentation audition is required for all brief writer/oralist candidates, each such candidate must also indicate on the separate live audition time slot sign-up sheet (also adjacent to Professor Dillon’s office door) your preferred tryout time on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Auditions will be held in Room 302 in the northwest portion of the 3rd floor of the building. The audition will be 15 minutes in length. A personal interview lasting 10 minutes will follow the audition. In selecting your try-out time on the sign-up sheet, please fill up all of the morning slots first, leaving the afternoon slots to be used only if the morning ones are completely taken. The subject matter of your live performance should be the same as the writing sample. See Item 2 below. You should anticipate some questions from the “bench” during the audition. The candidacy sign-up deadline is 5:00 PM, Thursday, September 17, 2015. The deadline will be strictly enforced.
  2. All candidates, including those seeking solely the editor position, shall submit to a faculty administrative assistant in Room 450, Harvey Building, no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 17, 2015, THREE (3) copies of a single, recent writing sample. This deadline, too, will be strictly enforced. The writing sample should accurately reflect your research and written communication skills as well as ability to engage in legal analysis. I prefer writing samples of your sole authorship. If you submit matter that has been co-authored with another person (s), be sure to identify carefully and honestly that portion of it that was authored by you alone. The type and subject matter of the writing sample is of your choosing. Typically, appellate briefs, whether prepared for a law school course or a law-related job, are submitted. But trial briefs, law review notes or comments, seminar papers, etc. will suffice. This work product shall be the basis of your live audition for one seeking a brief writer/oralist position. See Item 1 above.

Team Announcement

Members of the team will be selected on the basis of their earnest commitment to participate in the team’s trans-semester activities; their interest in mooting and International Law; their thinking, speaking and writing abilities; as well as their current academic record. Team membership will be announced no later than 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 by a posting on the wall adjacent to Professor Dillon’s office door.

If you have additional questions about the OCU Jessup Team, tryout process and/or competition, please contact Erin Gregory (elgregory@my.okcu.edu), Madelaine Hawkins (mahawkins@my.okcu.edu) and/or Professor Dillon, team sponsor. Professor Dillon’s office is in Room 436, Harvey Building; campus telephone number is 208-5183; and campus e-mail address is peterdillon@okcu.edu.