The case materials for the national tournament will be released on or by the first of April each year. The Arkansas champion will have approximately six weeks to prepare for the national competition. Spring break occasionally falls within this preparation period, and the state champion must consider this scheduling issue when determining rehearsal schedules for the national tournament. Each state is allowed to send eight (8) students to compete in four rounds. During these rounds, the students must be able to play both sides of the case, including three witness and three attorney roles. One of the eight team members (not participating in a given round) must act as an official timekeeper in that round.
The Arkansas Bar Association will pay the registration fee ($500) for the State Championship team. State teams will be responsible for funding their own travel, lodging, and meals for the National competition.
Teams will participate in four preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday during the competition. A championship round will be held on Saturday evening between the top two schools in the nation, with the winners announced at the awards gala Saturday night.