Moot Court is a mock appellate advocacy experience that helps law students develop the following skills to practice law:
- strong writing and oral advocacy skills;
- the ability to function well under pressure; and
- the self-confidence necessary to be successful advocates.
Similar to law review, Moot Court gives law students an opportunity to focus on a single issue, prepare an in-depth written product and improve their writing. Also like law review, employers directly recruit from our Moot Court Board. Moot Court sends 16-17 teams to compete in competitions across the country in a variety of subjects. Competitors, also known as “mooters,” work on teams to write briefs and prepare oral arguments as if they were appearing before an appellate court.
Why participate in Moot Court?
You gain self-confidence as you work with other students to set and accomplish goals. More importantly, mooters have fun while learning. Here are some additional benefits:
To hone your research and writing skills. Appellate briefs are a great way to develop the depth of research and writing required for practice.
To polish your oral communication skills. Do you think you are a good speaker? Moot Court will certainly make you better. Not too comfortable at the podium? Moot Court is the best way to overcome your apprehension and develop self-confidence.
To prove that you are a team player. The competitive atmosphere of law school doesn’t always prepare us well for the “real world” where attorneys must work together. Moot Court provides a collegial experience in which members learn to work in teams to assess a variety of areas in law.
To make interviews easier. Most employers ask applicants to have law review or moot court experience. There is no doubt that employers recognize the value of Moot Court. Many competitors use an excerpt of their brief as a writing sample for job interviews.
What is the time commitment for Moot Court?
Each team, which is composed of two to four members and one coach, competes in one competition only. Each competition requires a brief, and generally about one month is allowed for brief preparation. Following service of briefs, generally another month is allowed for the preparation of oral arguments. Most competitions require teams to argue both sides of the case, which provides an excellent learning experience and helps deepen analytical thinking.
Moot court teams compete with other law schools. Travel and most expenses associated with competing are funded by the Moot Court Board. Competitors receive three course credits for their work during the semester that they compete.