Law Students - Moot Court and Mock Trial Information

Moot Court and Mock Trials

  • ABA Law Student Division - National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC)

    The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association

    Moot Court competition (simulated legal argumentation before hypothetical appellate courts) has long been an educational opportunity limited to the law school environment. The ultimate goal of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) is to build a system of top-quality undergraduate moot court competitions in America. Achieving this goal requires the meeting of specific objectives, including the following: a carefully drafted problem with associated authority list, clear, comprehensive, equitable, and uniform rules refined through experience; well-planned, publicized, and directed tournaments; and informed and uniform judging. In pursuit of these ends,

  • American Mock Trial Association

    The American Mock Trial Association was founded in 1985 by Dean Richard Calkins of Drake Law School. AMTA serves as the governing body for intercollegiate mock trial competition. Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures. AMTA sponsors regional and national-level competitions, as well as providing interesting and complex case materials for academic use.

  • Moot Court and Student Journals - Rutgers

    The Rutgers Moot Court program is run by the Moot Court Board, an autonomous student-run organization dedicated to promoting superior advocacy skills. The Moot Court Board develops and coordinates the law school’s internal advocacy competitions which include the Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition in the fall semester, and the David Cohn Appellate Advocacy Competition in the spring semester.

  • Moot Court Competition - First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the cornerstone of American democracy — is the focus of the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. Recognized as one of the nation's finest constitutional law competitions, this annual event features a current First Amendment controversy.

  • Moot Court Definition - Wikipedia

    Moot court helps students learn to analyze legal issues; its larger purpose is to teach students the practical side of practicing law. Typically, law students are given a detailed hypothetical fact scenario that raises one or more legal issues. Often these fact patterns are based on real cases on appeal to a state's highest court or the U.S. Supreme Court. Students choose or are assigned the position on the issue to be argued. They then conduct legal research, finding statutes, regulations, and case law that both support their position and detract from it. An important part of the moot court process is to teach students to overcome legal authority (statutes, regulations, and cases) that cuts against their position.

  • Moot Court Program - Columbia Law School

    The Moot Court Program develops skills in legal writing, research, analysis and advocacy through the participation in appellate or trial litigation simulations. The program comprises the Foundation Moot Court requirement, in which first-year J.D. students participate, as well as several elective programs for students who want to gain additional experience in their second and third years.

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