11.21.09 — Third-year students Sophia Apostola and Jennifer Chang took a third place award for best brief at the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, held this year at Northeastern University School of Law. Sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation, the competition drew more than 70 teams from the United States and abroad. The Northeastern students also placed third at the regional competition, where they won best brief, held at Fordham Law School in New York in October.

“What I found the most challenging was learning the formalities of the competition, but Jenn and I were able to quickly pick up the formalities during the oral argument and excelled,” said Apostola.

The team spent in excess of 140 hours on research and writing in advance of the competition. For me, the most challenging part of the competition was the time commitment,” said Chang. I was so nervous during one round I was shaking, and yet strangely the feedback from the judges was that I was too comfortable. In hindsight, I think our strategy of focusing on the brief was probably the best one possible, because we always had the potential of improving whereas our brief score always remained the same and in the end, carried us to the nationals.