A Moot Court Handbook
Chapter Five: Moving Beyond the Classroom: The Moot Court Tournament
Moving Beyond the Classroom: The Moot Court Tournament
Charles Knerr and Andrew Sommerman
American justice is adversarial: the “truth” will emerge, it is believed, by using a process of attorneys competing with each other. Since the process of answering questions and reasoning through moot court competition allows the students to experience how the adversarial process operates, nearly all American law schools require students to compete in moot court. Schools which are members of the American Bar Association (ABA) are required to send at least one team to a national competition. The ABA feels that competition will sharpen students’ ability and motivation to practice law. Moot court competitions additionally stimulate students’ desire to prepare for “court” and sharpen their critical thinking and communication skills.
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