4. Yup, you can be or not be as involved as you want to be. I played intramurals, didn't do any board of barrister sh*t because it is a huge time commitment I didn't feel like dealing with.
How much time does BOB take up...and do you have to commit to it to participate in mock or moot...
Moot court starts when we get back, so I'm not sure... First semester there is only 1 bob event for 1ls... Takes up about 4 hours a night for a week... This semester there seems to be a competition every three weeks taking up about the same amount of time. If you want to be a litigator it's great to do. If you don't want to, I don't see the point considering grades and law review are what employers REALLY care about. However, BOB couldn't hurt.
No, moot court is conducted through bob, but the way bob works is like this. Each semester they have events, moot court being one of the events. In addition, they have client counseling, interview, mock trial, etc... You can just participate in one of the events or all of them if you want. You accumulate points for participation, and the higher you place the more points you get. At some point the people in each class with the most points get invitied to be on the bob... Not sure the exact number the cut off is.