Amid rumors that this tournament may have been canceled, I have sent Ryan an email requesting the Saturday night slot. If I get that slot, this tournament will happen. It will consist of somewhere between 40 and 100 four-line tossups. Cost will be $1 for every ten questions in the set (so if the set has 40 questions, you pay $4), with a flat $3 discount for non-law students (graduates and rising 1Ls not included). I will post the final question count, and thus the final tournament cost, sometime before CO weekend (assuming the tournament is happening).
Singles, likely shootout style. If enough people sign up, I may run a two-room singles tournament, where the two prelim rooms play the first half of the questions, then the top and bottom halves of both rooms combine into two top and bottom rooms to play the second half for final placements. Either way, the questions will be short and the tournament should last no longer than an hour.
I may organize some kind of food delivery for participants if desired.
Each twenty questions will consist of 3 each of the following: torts, contracts, criminal law/procedure, civil procedure, property, and constitutional law. The remaining two questions will be wild cards (they might be on judges/courts, other areas of law, pop culture and the law, etc.). This is more of a guideline than a rigid distribution, so I may deviate a little or classify things leniently in order to make it work if I have a hard time filling out answers in certain areas.
The goal is to have difficulty on a rough 5-10-5 distribution, where five questions are easily answerable to the lay-quizbowler, ten questions are cans of corn for the average 1L (and the lay-quizbowler stands a fighting chance), and five questions challenge law students/indulge my whims. My goal is to keep all categories accessible in this way, though obviously some categories (such as constitutional law) lend themselves better to lay-quizbowler-accessible questions than others (such as civil procedure). I will try to correct for this as much as possible.
Should I, a non-law student, play this tournament?
Anyone with reasonable knowledge of the American judicial system will enjoy this tournament. Lots of people have baseline knowledge about constitutional law, criminal law, the Supreme Court, civil litigation, etc. That kind of knowledge will be rewarded. If you like quizbowl, you should play. And even if you don't like quizbowl, the questions are short.
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