John_Luther1989 wrote:jbagelboy wrote:TheKisSquared wrote:vorely wrote:Do people tend to get into their first choice moot court?
How competitive is the process really and do a lot of people get weeded out by the length of the apps?
Jessup is the only lengthy app, isn't it? They said at the session they got like 30+ apps for 3 spots. I'm not even bothering. FD gets a ton of apps too, though, so who knows.
I banged out two others in under two hours (though I still need to prepare my oral statements).
Disclaimer I'm a fellow 1L
Vis, ELMC, and FD are all 'competitive' in the sense that there are far fewer spots than applicants, but none are on the level of intensity of jessup.
Outed as jessup homer lol. Jessup is for sure more work, but that's the last thing you should want 1L year. As a foundational person I can say that the perception of FD outstrips the others by a decent margin because they're so dominant. That said, it's all intra-CLS fake ass prestige. It's cool to do externals, but other than sparking a conversation with a random alum, meeting new 1/2Ls, or helping you get a spot on a non-CLR journal because you can be identified by your resume and a member spots it and bumps you a few points there isn't a real benefit.
I didn't do jessup.
But I think there's a ton of value in the specialized moot courts for anyone with non-generic law school interests, and I would stand by that statement pretty fiercely. It embeds you almost immediately in the community of people that share your intellectual interest and connects you to faculty in that area (who serve as your coaches and mentors throughout the process and hire you as research assistants immediately after). It creates a de facto social network that persists throughout/after law school, which can be especially positive for folks that aren't super stoked about bar review. It gives you a free trip, in the vis/elmc case to europe one or multiple times, to the oral competition, and those trips are often the highlight of 1L year. It's an immediate signal for opportunities that arise in that interest area later in law school. And while your fall semester is a pain in the ass, it flattens your 1L schedule by placing the brief writing burden in the fall when you only have 3 graded courses and clears out the spring semester to prepare for four graded finals.