Moot court simulates an appellate argument similar to that which takes place at the U.S. Supreme Court. Moot court participants seek to persuade a simulated panel of appellate court judges to adopt their client’s interpretation of the law.
Liberty’s Moot court teams participate in an inter-collegiate tournament each fall. In the spring semester, the Pre-law Society sponsors the “Liberty Cup” here within the Helms School of Government which is an intramural moot court tournament open to current Liberty sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Liberty Cup is great practice for the fall tournament. In competition, two student teams from opposing colleges advance their interpretation of the law from their client’s perspective, and respond to questions from the panel of judges.
Preparation is intense and students must read, comprehend, and apply legal concepts from a number of cases. Those participating in Moot Court are given the opportunity to write an Appellate Brief—a hurdle faced by every law school student.
Since its inception, Liberty University’s Moot Court Team has advanced to the national tournament several times, and has placed in the top 10 in the nation.
To prepare yourself for a position on this team by learning the basics of appellate argument and appellate brief writing, consider enrolling in GOVT 478 (Appellate Advocacy) offered spring semesters.
If you are interested in finding out more about our moot court team email Dr. Corey Martin.
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