Courses

Moot Court I (Appellate Advocacy I)
Moot Court I builds and develops upon skills first introduced in Legal Research and Writing. The primary focus of the course is brief writing with a secondary focus on oral advocacy. The class meets for two hours each week; working on both persuasive writing and oral advocacy skills. Students work in pairs to draft a full appellate brief, with each student responsible for researching and drafting one main argument of the brief. Throughout the course, students research a problem, prepare and submit various portions of the brief which are reviewed by the professor as well as the final brief. In addition, students engage in oral argument exercises critiqued by the professor prior to final oral arguments before members of the local legal community. 

Moot Court II (Appellate Advocacy II)
Moot Court II is open by invitation to second or third year students who have received the top grades in Moot Court I. This course continues the study of appellate brief writing and focuses in particular on the skills of oral advocacy. The class meets for two hours each week; working on both persuasive writing and oral advocacy skills. Because of the front loaded nature of the course, traditional class meeting times end well before the exam period. Depending upon students’ advancement into additional rounds of oral argument, faculty advising time continues. Students work in pairs to prepare a full appellate brief with each student responsible for researching and drafting one main argument of the brief. Students engage in several oral argument exercises critiqued by the professor, including a final oral argument before members of the local legal community. Students who receive the top grades in Appellate Advocacy II may be invited to represent the School in regional moot court competitions.

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