It was yesterday announced by Robert Proctor 3L, that the debate between the White and the Williston Clubs in the Ames competition has been postponed until next Tuesday.
This debate, one of the series annually held in Langdell and Austin Halls, is to be the last one in the round of the second year courses. After this debate, as a result of elimination debates hold this year, eight clubs will be selected which will compete once in the second year court--probably at some date late next term.
For this second series of debates each of the eight clubs will present a team of two men, chosen from the different members who have represented it most ably throughout the year.
The system under which these clubs are chosen is based on the number of victories and, in the case of a tie among the lower qualifying clubs, on the number of points. A unanimous decision may have a possible twelve points.
Ordinarily, for the second year courts, the Chief-Justice is a regular practicing lawyer, although older law school men fill the position form time to time. Of the three judges, each gives one point on four different subjects; on the brief; on the presentation; on the citation of cases; and finally on the answering of questions. In this last field lies one of the most material differencies between the manner in which these caese, are conducted, and that in which cases are maintained before the actual Bar. In the Ames Competition any one of the judges, at any time, may ask a question of the speaker, interrupting him when he deems it advisible.
Extending as it does in one way or another through all three years of Law School, the Competition is by far the most important thing here. It has also acquired a solid reputation in that it is the nearest thing to practical experience that a law student may enjoy. And finally it is universally appreciated as opening up to competitions an unusual opportunity for practice in debating and extemporaneous speaking.