Introduction -- Moot Court: Commitment and Rewards -- Getting Started with Moot Court -- Understanding Legal Research -- The Basics of Oral Argument -- From Openings to Closings: A Step by Step Guide -- Moot Court as a Classroom Activity -- The Moot Court Tournament -- Brief Writing for Moot Court -- Conclusion -- Appendix.
"How to Please the Court: A Moot Court Handbook" is a resource designed for students and teachers to prepare for and participate in undergraduate appellate court simulations. This text is the only one of its kind on the market, focusing on helping undergraduate students try their hand at appellate advocacy. The authors combine their decades of experience teaching and coaching moot court to help students understand key skills needed in appellate advocacy such as legal research , critical thinking, oral advocacy, and impromptu speaking. The authors also help students prepare for competition by taking them step by step through the work needed before a tournament and what to expect at a tournament. Unlike similar texts for law students, "How to Please the Court" speaks to students who have not yet started law school and may not have access to the materials or educational resources that a law school provides. This text includes chapters like Understanding Legal Research, Moot Court as a Classroom Activity, and Brief Writing for Moot Court