May 22nd, 2012
Mooting is like trial advocacy/mock trial, only the focus is on appeals. Rather than examining and cross-examining witnesses, as one would do in a trial, mooters focus on appeals and instead draft long legal documents called briefs. Mooters’ briefs outline the reasons a contested point of law should be decided their way rather than an opposing/different way. Once complete, these briefs are read by the moot “judges” (who can be professors, lawyers or even real judges). The mooters then present their oral arguments before these same “judges”—who won’t hesitate to interrupt the mooters and challenge their arguments, just like in a real appeal. Moot court competitions can be quite intense—several national and international moot court competitions are held each year—and law schools invest significant resources in them. In fact, many law schools often have a moot court room, a classroom designed to look like a real court room.
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