Moot Court focuses on the appellate court process and is designed to provide students the opportunity to present a simulated oral argument and respond to questions posed by a panel of volunteer judges. Moot Court arguments are evaluated on the application of the law to the facts of the case. Moot Court also gives many students their first experience in legal writing by allowing participants to compose a legal brief related to their arguments that will be reviewed and scored by volunteer attorneys. By focusing on the applicability of Constitutional law to current legal issues, Moot Court provides students with an opportunity to strengthen critical thinking skills and increase their understanding of the Constitution and judicial system.
To assist students in writing their brief, this model can be used. Students should adhere closely to the model, and should refer to the descriptions of each section in determining where to place information.
The following lessons will help introduce moot court concepts and brief writing to your students. Please feel free to use and adapt these lessons to match your needs. Have an idea for a lesson plan? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Stewart has just started high school at Grassland Valley High, and is hoping to make a name for herself by recreating a prank her older sister played on a rival high school. Inadvertently, Sarah causes more damage than intended, and ruins the rival football field days before their homecoming game. Sarah is questioned at her school and later arrested and adjudicated as delinquent. As we embark on the 50th anniversary of the Miranda decision, students will explore Sarah’s right to the presence of an attorney during an interrogation.
New! Moot Court Videos:
Watch this video tutorial to learn more about Moot Court, OCLRE's newest program! A Moot Court how-to for teachers and students, the video outlines Moot Court basics -- brief writing, oral arguments, working with legal advisers, and more. Plus, watch sample student arguments in a simulated hearing:
Students discuss how Moot Court compares to Mock Trial, what to expect, and how to prepare. "Moot Court rocks!"
Thank you to the St. Francis DeSales High School Moot Court team and the Ohio State Bar Association.
To learn more about the new scoring format, view the video below. A copy of the score sheet can be found here.