What is Moot Court?
Moot Court is a simulation of an appellate court proceeding, also known as mock Supreme Court and Supreme Court Simulation. Moot Court involves teams of two student-contestants competing in front of a panel of judges, with briefs and oratory detailing the dimensions of the legal problem before the appellate court. Students argue a hypothetical legal case known as “the competition case.” To do so, students must research the cases and laws cited in “the competition case.” Moot court judges ask students questions and grade the students on the basis of their knowledge of the case, their response to questioning, their forensic skills, and their demeanor. Oral argument lasts 40 minutes (each side gets 20 minutes) and each student is expected to speak for a minimum of 7 minutes. Each competition is sanctioned by The American Collegiate Moot Court Association (AMTA) with practicing judges and attorneys presiding over and scoring the competition.
Moot court is used as an educational tool around the world, and tournaments are currently organized in the United States, in Great Britain, in Canada, in Australia, in New Zealand, and in a number of other countries. Moot court has been featured in legal training for hundreds of years, with origins in medieval England.
This Year’s Competition
The case for 2017 handles the issues of unreasonable search and seizure and cruel and unusual punishment in the context of Functional Brain Imaging and solitary confinement.
Past cases touched on voting rights, immigration and abortion law.
In the past, we have had numerous teams advance to the National Competition and place in the top 25 in the Regional Competitions.
Moot Court coach: Andrew Giarolo
Moot Court practices: TBD
Moot Court Co-Captains: James R. Sawyers (jrs9)