At UC Hastings, students take a Moot Court class in the spring semester. The Moot Court curriculum teaches students to perform complex legal research, draft persuasive briefs, and perform effective oral arguments. Moot Court is a cornerstone of our UC Hastings legal education. UC Hastings Moot Court program trains our students to become practice-ready lawyers upon graduation.
Students are given the opportunity and time to dive into a real and complex legal issue in Moot Court classes, and the opportunity to build on what they have learned in Legal Writing & Research. Students are able to hone and further develop their legal research and writing skills with on complex legal issues that they could potentially face as practicing attorneys. Moot Court topics are chosen from real cases pending before an appellate or a supreme court. Students gather facts from an actual record, research the law, and write an appellate brief on behalf of one of the parties. The experience culminates in a formal oral argument held in a courthouse before a three-judge panel. Moot Court classes are taught by practicing attorneys with the real-world experience.
UC Hastings has one of the most successful and well-respected Moot Court programs in the United States. The success of our Moot Court competition teams adds to the tradition of excellence synonymous with UC Hastings. The National Jurist and the Blakely Institute have consistently ranked UC Hastings as one of the top Moot Court teams in the country. UC Hastings has placed among the top four teams in the country for the past five years.
Competition team members are selected from open tryouts held in the spring. The student team members are evaluated holistically, and selected on the basis of a résumé, a writing sample, a short oral argument, a personal interview and Moot Court class performance. UC Hastings Moot Court competition team members receive two units of credit for their participation. The school and our alumni donations pay all travel costs, including airfare, food and hotel, for competitions held outside of the Bay Area.
150 to 200 students try out for the Intercollegiate Moot Court Competition teams each year. Moot Court competitions are a popular practical training experience in the UC Hastings curriculum because they provide excellent experience in legal research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy, good contacts in the legal community, résumé value, and a great sense of accomplishment, teamwork, and school spirit.
We are enjoying another year of remarkable success thanks to our hardworking and extremely talented students, adjunct faculty, coaches, and judges, who are active participants in training and supporting our student competitors at every level. UC Hastings has established itself as a Moot Court competition winner and we will continue to build on its reputation as a powerhouse in Moot Court and a prominent training ground for future lawyers.
Each year, UC Hastings participates in numerous intercollegiate Moot Court competitions covering a wide range of current legal issues. During 2015-2016 school year, UC Hastings will compete in 20 Moot Court competitions, both regional and national, throughout the United States.
Upon successful completion of Appellate Advocacy, second and third-year students who enjoyed their Moot Court experience and wish to contribute to the program may join the Moot Court Board. Moot Court Board members:
Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter have established an indelible legacy of public service and excellence in lawyering at UC Hastings. Justice Baxter served the state of California for 35 years, including as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court for over two decades. He also assisted Governor George Deukmejian at the state and local level in the appointment of more than 700 judges and numerous executive branch appointees, and supported the evolution of the California judicial branch as a member of the Judicial Council of California. Justice Baxter additionally serves UC Hastings as a Director emeritus of the law school, and received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 1998.
Justice Baxter will again be recognized as Alumni of the Year at the 2015 Honors Gala on September 25th. All are invited to attend, and to contribute to the Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Fund for Moot Court at UC Hastings in recognition of his lifetime of service.
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Assistant Dean of Legal Research & Writing and Moot Court
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