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Duberstein Moot Court Competition

26th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition

St. John's School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute are pleased to sponsor the 26th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. The Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions. The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice.  More than 50 law school teams participate, making this the largest single site appellate moot court competition. The competition culminates in a gala awards dinner. The dinner draws nearly 700 attendees, including many leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners.


Saturday, March 3rd thru Monday, March 5th, 2018
Gala Awards Dinner:
Monday, March 5th, 2018
Grand Hyatt New York
Park Avenue at Grand Central Terminal
109 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
Tel:  (212) 883-1234

The Gala Awards Dinner

Agenda Information:
Preliminary Round Judges' Agenda

Registration Information:
Preliminary Judges 
Brief Graders 

Competitors’ Information:
Fact Pattern
Hotel Information 
Competitor - Please note:  Registration is now closed. 
Team Information Form 


Fact Pattern Clarifications: 

Fact Pattern Clarification Request #1
On pages 4-5 of the record, are the dates correct? It seems that either December 2015 should be December 2014 or January 2015 should be January 2016.

Response to Fact Pattern Clarification Request #1
The "January 2015" date listed on page 5 is incorrect.  It should be "January 2016" and will be changed in the Fact Pattern posted on line and provided to judges.

Rule Clarifications: 

Rule Clarification Request #1
In reading through the rules we are a bit confused.  Can team members be LL.M. students or only JD students? 

Response To Rule Clarification Request #1
Only currently enrolled LL.B. or J.D. students may be team members under Rule II(b).  An LL.B. is not the same as an LL.M.  In the United States, the LL.B. is equivalent to a J.D., but the LL.B. designation is rarely used in the U.S. nowadays.  Since the requirement is simply that the team members be currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.B. program, a student in a joint J.D./LL.M. program would be eligible to participate as long as the student is still currently a J.D. student at the time of the competition (i.e., has not yet received their J.D. degree).

Rule Clarification Request #1A
Our LLM program sounds like it is the functional equivalent of what you refer to as the LLB degree.  Many of our LLM students are foreign students without a JD, but who have completed legal coursework in their own countries.  They receive an LLM in order to practice in the US (thus getting a functional equivalent of a JD without an actual JD).  Would such a student still be excluded?

Response To Rule Clarification Request #1A
LLMs may participate in the competition if the LLM is the student's first advanced degree in law.  Students who are enrolled in an LLM program after having obtained their JD are not eligible to compete.

More Information:
Competition: [email protected]
Gala Awards Dinner: [email protected]