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All secondary schools in South Africa are invited to enter a team of two learners.

Teams are provided with the facts of a fictitious case which involves human rights issues under the South African Constitution.

Teams are expected to write 2 short essays defending opposite sides of the case.

The teams with the highest scores for their essays from each province will be invited to argue the case in an oral round before judges in a real court scenario.

The Final Oral Round is hosted in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg!

The winners of the Final Oral Round will receive financial support toward their first year of study should they choose to study law at any South African university, to which they have been admitted.

All lawyers - attorneys, advocate, law students, prosecutors, law lecturers, magistrates and judges - are also invited to join the growing number of lawyers who open their doors and assist learners and schools 7 who wish to participate.


How to Participate in the 2017 NSMCC

Step 1

Each School must select a Team of 2 learners.

Preferably one male and one female – however this is only a preferance, not a requirement.

Step 2

Download the competition material (Hypothetical Fact, Resource Pack & Competition Rules)

Futher, you can download the“Essay Writing Guide”and the“Oral Pleading Guide”to assist with your preperations.

Step 3

Team members must write one essay for the Applicant and one essay for the Respondent.

In total, teams must write 2 essays.

Submit both essays before the submission deadline (28 July 2017 at 5pm).

Teams can submit essays to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 4

Top 10 Teams that wrote the best essays in each Province (based on the essay results) will be invited to participate in the Provincial Oral Rounds taking place between 19 August and 2 September 2017 (please note that the Provincial Oral Rounds are organised by the Provincial DbE and DoJ).

The Judges from the Provincial Oral Rounds will select the best 4 teams from each Province.

Those teams will advance to the National Oral Round in Pretoria/Johannesburg hosted from 4 to 8 October 2017.

(Please refer to the 2017 Official Rules for rules)

Step 5

In Pretoria, 4 best teams from each province will compete against each other through Preliminary, Quarter Final, Semi-Final and the Final Round.

The Grand Final Oral Round will be hosted in the Constitutional Court on the 8th of October 2017.


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