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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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Chapter Two: Understanding Legal Research



Understanding Legal Research

Kimi King

At first, the legal research can be overwhelming, but keep in mind that lawyers have devised common systems and structures to help find materials quickly and easily so they can bill their clients for hours of research! Once you begin to see the pattern in which legal materials are accessed, finding the law becomes almost routine. Learning the different sources available and how to use each one most effectively is the most difficult part. After that, it is a process of going on treasure hunts to find the clues you need to solve your own particular legal puzzle.

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