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AMC3

BRIEFS

Briefs are the best way to display your logical and legal analyses.

Emphasize Precedents The more precedent used the better. This doesn’t mean that a team should copy and paste random quotes every other line. However, it does mean that everything you say in a brief should be backed up by the case authorities used in each year’s competition. A team that only cites three case authorities in their brief probably won’t have the same caliber of arguments when compared to teams that cite the majority of cases.

WHAT IS A BRIEF?

A brief is a formal document outlining the arguments of an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Each AMC3 team is required to write a brief and submit it electronically two weeks before the General Assembly.

Submit to briefs@AMC3.org

A link to the brief template is on same page as this year's case. The maximum length is ten pages.

In United State Appellate Courts, judges and justices sometimes make their decisions made before the oral argument even starts, and the most influential thing a good appellate advocate can do is write an outstanding brief.

Acknowledging this significance, the founders of AMC3 made the AMC3 Brief one-third of your score in all rounds of the AMC3 competition. A high brief score will increase a team’s chances of succeeding in AMC3.

The scoring rubric for the briefs can be found in the AMC3 Handbook.

Be Organized Have clear, professional transitions in your writing. A brief should flow logically. Complete every section of the brief template and follow formatting as closely as possible.

Microsoft Word's Table of Contents feature can aid a brief’s organization for those savvy in advanced MS Office tools.

Issues A team’s argument should reflect an understanding of the core issues of a case. Issue identification is a huge part of what separates appellate courts from a court of first instance. An appellate court case is an attempt to correct something done by a lower court, as well as a question of law.

Anticipate and Rebut A good legal argument predicts the arguments the opposition will use and tries to preemptively deal with them. An even better legal argument can see its own weaknesses and gives reasoning that corrects them.

No Fluff Write your brief in a way that you utilize every moment the brief grader spends on your case analyzing your argument. Extra words, unnecessary phrases and repetitiveness dilutes the efficiency of your brief. Make sure to have your brief peer-edited by members of your team to pick out flaws and weaknesses. Even reading your brief out loud can unveil simple mistakes.

Great Writing While proper grammar is a necessity, a good brief writer takes a brief’s language above the standard of basic grammar rules.

By crafting each sentence so that it is concise and impactful, a team can fit more into its argument without losing the reader’s understanding. Good teams structure their arguments intelligently and perfectly polished for the reader.

Spending ample time on the brief will consequently aid a team’s strength in oral rounds as they will have a better knowledge of case authorities and arguments. TISC recommends starting on the case the day it is released and working at an organized pace with your team each week leading up to the Brief deadline.

BEST BRIEFS

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2017

Lipscomb (Team 271)

2016 Tie

Carson-Newman 1 (Team 243)

Tennessee Tech 1 (Team 242)

2015

Vanderbilt University 2 (Team 221)

2014

University of Memphis (Team 179)

2013

Vanderbilt University 1 (Team 165)

2012 Tie

Attorney General's Staff (Team 122)

Bethel University (Team 130)

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