Moot Court consists of simulated appellate court argumentation where students compete as individuals and teams. As with real appellate court hearings, there are no witnesses or juries. Advocates (student participants) debate with each other and attempt to win favorable decisions from their judges, who may ask questions of the advocates throughout the contest.
The focus of arguments are major constitutional issues, such as the following:
Has a student editor been deprived of his rights when the university revokes his scholarship because he writes a pro-Christian editorial?
Is a city acting constitutionally when it passes a minor curfew ordinance applying only to high school students?
Are male students discriminated against when a university executes a series of dorm room searches which are not extended to female dorms?
Advocates have the opportunity to argue in a variety of forums, such as intramural contests, intercollegiate tournaments, programs before civic groups, classes, and more.
Moot Court offers students exciting hands-on learning opportunities to develop skills such as critical thinking, written and oral expression, and an extended understanding of the American legal system. It also stimulates keener interest and deeper involvement in the legal life of our nation.
Moot Court meets a minimum of regularly scheduled periods which are specified in the Hardin-Simmons Catalog printed each term.
Any interested student may participate, regardless of his or her major or career objective. A student may become involved by securing approval of Dr. Sandy Self or by registering each semester for
POLS 2105: Laws in Action Workshop
which may be repeated for credit each semester.