ERIC Number: ED440591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
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Undergraduate Appellate Simulation in American Colleges and Universities.
Knerr, Charles R.; Sommerman, Andrew B.
This paper describes the use of simulated appellate court proceedings as an educational tool in U.S. undergraduate colleges and universities (and schools worldwide). Undergraduate moot court is less common in the United States than is the law school form of appellate simulation. Research shows that moot courts benefit students as they perform legal research, learn how to apply principles to factual situations, formulate written delivery, develop persuasion skills, learn how to run a case, and develop coordination skills. This paper outlines various undergraduate moot court activities which have been identified, analyzed, and catalogued into two categories (the scholastic form and tournament form), and it discusses the use of Internet competitions. It also analyzes common and dissimilar features of these forms of appellate simulation and examines characteristics of a major, statewide, U.S. undergraduate moot court tournament in Texas, explaining case materials, judges and judging, benefits, and costs. After comparing Texas undergraduate moot court with law school moot court, the paper presents a research agenda for the future. (Contains 58 footnotes.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Texas