Virtual Supreme Court Competition Offers Great Student Experience

High school students can gain experience researching contemporary constitutional issues, crafting persuasive appellate briefs on their classroom blogs, and presenting oral arguments to legal experts as part of the upcoming inaugural Virtual Supreme Court Competition sponsored by The Harlem Institute and ConSource.

The contest contains two stages: submission of an appellate brief and presentation of oral argument. By Jan. 31, 2013, participating teams of two high school students will file an appellate brief advocating for or against the University of Texas’s race-based affirmative action program, the issue pending before the Supreme Court this term in Fisher v. University of Texas. 

Constitutional law experts will review completed briefs and select the top four from each side. The four teams will advance to the oral argument phase of the competition, beginning in February 2013,  for three rounds of argument judged by top Washington, D.C., appellate attorneys.

The top-scoring two high school students will win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend ConSource’s Sept. 17, 2013, Constitution Day Celebration on. Other prizes include an iPad and Amazon gift cards.

Students and educators interested in competing should sign up for FantasySCOTUS, the Harlan Institute’s Supreme Court Fantasy League at http://harlaninstitute.org/fantasyscotus/sign-up/.