The Qualifying Round is the first round in the upper-level Ames Competition. All second-year students (or joint degree students currently enrolled in their first year of post-1L law school courses) are eligible to join. Teams of four students may register here.

The official rules and schedule for this year’s competition are below. The grading rubric will be posted when the record is distributed on September 12th.

Schedule | Rules

The PowerPoint from the information session on September 6th (highlighting the schedule and important rules to note) can be found here.

Please contact with any questions. Questions that are relevant to all participants will be posted below.

How are the briefs evaluated?
We will send a rubric out with the record. This is the rubric the BSAs see when they grade the first round of Q-Round briefs. Rely on the rubric to decide where you should spend your time while preparing your brief.
Are we allowed to consult with past Ames briefs that are publicly available once the record is released?
I just wanted to verify that, to receive writing credit, members of my team need only to submit this form to the Dean of Students:
If you advance to the second round of Q Round, then yes, DOS will sign this form and the requirement will be met. If you do not advance, you will need to write a second brief, which you can send to The Q Round graders will then ensure that a good faith effort was made, and forward approval to DOS.