Lile Moot Court begins in the fall of 2L and is judged by actual COA judges and is put on by the school. It's uber prestigious and very competitive.
It's mostly judged by 3Ls. The quarterfinals are judged by professors, the semifinals by district court judges, and the final round by circuit court judges. And it's neither prestigious nor competitive (until you get to the quarterfinals).
This. Also, they apparently tell you what position you're supposed to argue on each issue, even if it makes more sense for your side to argue the opposite issue, and then threaten to penalize/disqualify you for arguing what your side should argue. Or something like that.
Also, extramural moot court is not hard to get into but can get kind of crazy for 1Ls. I know of a couple 1Ls that signed up one year and were on a team together. There was also a 3L on the team who actually knew how to write briefs, but he dropped out after the team change deadline, because he advanced in Lile and wanted to focus on that. That left the two 1Ls to be on a team by thesmelves together. And most moot courts prohibit you from getting any
outside help in writing a brief, and briefs were due before either of them were taught appellate brief writing in LRW.
Or something like that.