WELCOME TO MOOT COURT
Back: Victoria Andrade-McKeehan, Anthony Ko, Meagan Potl, Andy Marin, Nathan Guerrero, Evan Leili.
Front: Hilda Kajbaf, Melissa Massey, Sara Salinas, Pam Fiber-Ostrow (coach), Celina Bontigao (team captain) Shelby Moore, Olivia Medina.
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 student-contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing the dimensions of the legal problem before an 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. Judges usually consist of attorneys, law faculty, or, on occasion, members of the judicial branch of government.
The class is challenging, and it is good experience for law school and a legal career. However, it is also an amazing experience for students not intending to follow with law school, pursuing a variety of academic and career options, as it improves students' critical thinking, public speaking and logic. Finally, students will have access to network with a variety of important people in the legal, academic, and political community.
For more information on the American Collegiate Moot Court Association and tournaments please see ACM Moot Court. American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA)