Moot Court

Moot Court

The SHSU Moot Court Team offers SHSU pre-law students the opportunity to develop critical-thinking skills, public speaking skills, and gain experience in the courtroom.  Moot Court involves simulating an appeals case hearing, beginning with students learning the facts of the case, developing legal arguments based on the constitution and precedents, and making their oral arguments before a panel of jurists.

In 2015, Sam Houston State University’s first moot court team earned a spot in the “Sweet 16” after participating in scrimmages at the University of North Texas Law School and a regional tournament at the Texas Tech Law School. One of the team members earned a top twelve oratory award at the regional competition.

Formed by students from the LEAP Center at SHSU, the team is the newest member of some 380 universities nationwide participating in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association. 

Timeline:

Late Spring: Students interested in Moot Court should contact the team's coach, Jean Loveall (see below).

Early Summer: Training, weekly meetings, and practice for moot court begins.

Late Summer: Final Cuts for Fall Moot Court Team

Early Fall: Informal Scrimmages will be held

October/November: Formal Moot Court Scrimmage and Regional Invitational

Costs:

The LEAP Center charges nothing to students for participation in the Moot Court team.  Students are, however, expected to have a nice dark suit for competition.  In some cases, students may be asked to incur meal costs on trips.  Students who drop out of the Moot Court program prior to competitition may be asked to reimburse the LEAP Center for any costs incurred by the Center on the student's behalf.

The moot court experience is one of many law-related and civic engagement activities offered by the LEAP Center.

Contact:

Moot Court Coach: Jean Loveall (j.loveall@shsu.edu)


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