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 Post subject: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:23 pm 

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Does anyone have any?


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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:30 pm 

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Good succinct brief writing. Don't get crazy and make wild arguments. Make the arguments you're supposed to make better than the other side. This sounds obvious, but I've seen a lot of briefs with whimsical arguments.

For the oral competition I think it's important to be conversant. I think it helps to listen to oral arguments at the Supreme Court at Oyez and pick a style to emulate.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:54 pm 

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I bailiff'ed for two late round sessions this year and took some notes from what the judges said. When I find them, I may post it. What i remember:

Don't use casual language or slip into it (very easy to do when nervous).
Don't go over your time limit.
Be willing to concede a point so you can move on and hit your others.

EDIT: found em' (we have a great moot court team that does very well in regional and national competitions).

-Don't use "I think", could bring up a question of material fact for the opposing counsel to use
-End on a high note
-Stay on record, be clear on the record, know it well
-No informality, no casual phrasing
-Careful what you admit
-Don't get upset/flustered
-Mention the actual appelate issue often
-Don't tell the judges your strategy (ie, no intro thesis)
-Focus on your strongest argument
-Use uncomfortable words (we had a rape case this year)
-Spin the issue to your side, but not too far
-Use a longform citation when mentioning a case for the first time
-Say that you aren't aware if asked if a case exists (ususally these are done closed universe)
-Make sure to give your partner counsel a professional introduction


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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:59 pm 

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finalnight wrote:
Don't use casual language or slip into it (very easy to do when nervous).


I think this is good advice. I wish it wasn't, because oral augments should be laying out to the judges exactly why they should rule in your favor. I don't need a bunch of douchey Latin words to do this, and in most cases it's obtuse and confusing.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:02 am 

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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:12 pm 

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Useful article on moot court - 71 Conn. B.J. 218. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:27 pm 

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Good stuff, guys -- thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:44 am 

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Ian!!!


Also, to the OP, regarding oral arguments: Don't be the blockhead that refuses to concede a point. Just be ready for the next likely line of questioning. One thing you'll find about oral arguments is that there are three speeches in an oral argument (I know, it's cliche):

The one you prepare before the argument, the one you actually give (mostly fielding questions from probing, yet forgiving justices), and the one you "should've" given, while you're licking your wounds on the way out.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips For Moot Court Competition
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:53 pm 

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Great posts, thanks guys


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