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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 Six: How to Brief a Case



How to Brief a Case

Kimi King

Before briefing the case, read over it and focus on the substantive and procedural issues. What started the conflict, what action is being sought? What policy issues are at stake? Think about the type of proceeding (e.g., appeal from a summary judgment, judgment after trial, etc.) and the type of relief sought (e.g., damages, injunction, etc.). Be efficient in reading cases and writing briefs. This does not mean “skimming” a case, but it means recognizing which information should go where in your brief. Develop a system for quickly and precisely marking the case so that important passages are easily identified in a concise and accurate manner.

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