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How to Please the Court

A Moot Court Handbook


Edited By Paul I. Weizer

Designed for anyone who has an interest in using moot court simulations as an educational exercise, How to Please the Court brings together prominent moot court faculty who share their collective years of experience in building a successful moot court program. Touching on all aspects of the moot court experience, this book guides the reader through conducting legal research, the structure of an oral argument, the tournament experience, and the successes and rewards of competition.
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Appendix Three: LexisNexis Shepard’s Citations and Westlaw’s KeyCite Citations



LexisNexis Shepard’s Citations and Westlaw’s KeyCite Citations

Kimi King

It is critical to your research that you know whether you are using “good” law that has not been overturned by another decision. Nothing can be more humiliating than extensively relying on a case, only to find out that it has been modified or, worse yet, overruled! Both of these “citator” services allow you to look up a case to find out if other cases have cited the one you are researching. You may also find that some cases cited by the services are also cases that assist you in formulating your argument. As a general rule, we suggest you rely on other primary and secondary sources to do the majority of your research, but then use the citator services to add to your informational base and to be sure that your case is current.

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