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Political Science

Moot Court

Participating in Moot Court helps students enhance their ability to think on their feet, oral advocacy skills, and analytical and critical thinking skills. These are all skills they will need in their professional careers, for graduate study, and in law school. Moot Court also provides them the opportunity to do what lawyers do in legal issues in court.

Moot Court involves arguing constitutional issues in a hypothetical case in teams of two students as though the case was on appeal to the Supreme Court, with each team member arguing one issue. Students argue the law and whether the lower appellate court’s analysis of the law was correct or incorrect. The hypothetical case has already been decided by a trial court and the case is on appeal to determine whether the lower courts’ analysis and application of the law was correct. Students need to read and analyze selected Supreme Court decisions on the issue and use these cases in their arguments.

* Students are allowed to take Moot Court twice for credit toward a Political Science major (4 credits max)

 

  • Merrimack College’s Patrick Gillespie ’16 and Luis Guerrero ’17, finished the first day of the 2015 American Moot Court Collegiate Association National Invitational in Chicago recently ranked third before narrowly losing in the round of 16 the next day.