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Moot Court

What is Moot Court?

Moot court is the simulation of appellate argument.  Two-person legal teams compete in front of a panel of judges.  Students argue a hypothetical legal case known as “the competition case.”  To do so, students must research the cases and laws cited in “the competition case.”  Moot court judges ask students questions and grade the students on the basis of their knowledge of the case, their response to questioning, their forensic skills, and their demeanor.  Oral argument lasts 40 minutes (each side gets 20 minutes) and each student is expected to speak for a minimum of 7 minutes. If you are interested in an in-depth history of moot court at CSULB check out this history.  History-of-Moot-Court-at-CSULB

Why Participate in Moot Court?

It is fun and rewarding. It is challenging. It is good experience for law school and a legal career. It will teach you how to think, speak, and write in a clearer and more precise manner. You will learn valuable research skills. You will improve your logical and critical thinking skills. You will meet and network with a variety of important people in the legal, academic, and political community. Read What Former Moot Court Students Say About Moot Court

How Do I Join?

Students who wish to participate in the political science department’s moot court program need to apply by the Fall deadline which will be announced.Once accepted by Dr. Ringel, applicants need to gain a permit and then enroll in:

  • 417. Legal Practices: Moot Court (3) Prerequisites: Completion of either: POSC 311 or 312, AND one of: POSC 318, 412, or 414; and upper division standing.
  • Study and acquisition of the skills of lawyering, including legal research, reasoning, writing, and trial advocacy. Substantive study of civil liberties.

Enrollment in this course is by instructor permission only. Please contact Professor Ringel at lewisringel@verizon.net for further information. His office is SPA 223. Phone: 562-985-4708. POSC 417 is a demanding and rigorous course. Students should anticipate a challenging but exciting and extremely worthwhile experience

Moot Court Coaches:

Graduate Assistant: Sabrina van der Linden-Gonzales
Assistant Coaches: Patrick DysonJudy Hails and Biography for Kelsey Stapler Morris

Who Judges Moot Court?

Moot court judges can be most anyone who is familiar with the record and the law or the legal system. Judges are typically lawyers or in some cases law students.  Many former mooters judge at events.  Many tournaments feature judges and justices, and law school deans and faculty.  Many judges are members of Inns of Court.  The only restriction is that judges cannot be undergraduates. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in judging at future tournaments please contact Professor Ringel

History of the Western Regional:

For more information on the History of the Western Regional at CSULB

News

Moot Court recruitment is under way.  Please see Professor Ringel or come to one of our informational meetings.

The meetings are: February 24, 2016 from 11:00 to 12:00 in SPA 102 February 26, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 in SPA 102

Awards and Highlights:

  • Thirteen Tournament First Place Finishes (twelve for oral advocacy and one for written advocacy)
  • Forty-seven semi-finalists in tournament competitions
  • Written Advocacy: National Tournaments
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy National Champions, 2014
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, National Runners-Up, 2013
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 4th Place, 2016
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 5th Place (Tie) 2016
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 7th Place, 2011, 2012 and 2015
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Written Advocacy, 10th Place, 2015
  • Oral Advocacy: National Tournaments
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy National Champions, 2003
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy National Runners Up, 2014
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Orator Awards, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 (six advocates)
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Sweet 16, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2106 (twelve teams)
  • Oral Advocacy: Regional Tournaments
  • Western Regional Tournament Champions, 2002, 2012 and 2014
  • Upper Midwest Regional Tournament Champions, 2013 and 2014
  • Upper Midwest Regional Tournament Runners-Up, 2015
  • Western Regional Runners-Up, 2003
  • Western Regional Semi–Finalists, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2013 (five total)
  • Oral Advocacy: Invitational Tournaments
  • Capitol Classic, 3rd Place, 2008
  • California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016
  • California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • California-Massachusetts Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2014 and 2015
  • California-Texas Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2013
  • Falcon Classic Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2014
  • Long Beach Classic Fall Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2013 and 2014
  • Long Beach Classic Spring Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2015
  • South Texas College of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament, 3rd Place, 2012
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament 3rd Place (hybrid with UNT), 2016
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Runners-Up, 2013
  • Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2012
  • UNT Dallas School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Invitational 3rd Place, 2015
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament, 2016 Semi-Finalist (hybrid with UNT)
2016 CSULB Spring Moot Court Team
2016 CSULB Spring Moot Court Team Wins the 7th Annual CA Classic:

Back Row from L to R: Jordan Leyva, Andrew Aronosty, Raul Aguilar, Myles Cheney, Dominique Noble, Dyana Beshay, Pat Dyson (Assistant Coach), Diego Duarte

Front Row rom L to R: Professor Lewis Ringel (Head Coach), David Haberbush (Assistant Coach), Malia Blake, Zsofia Slovak, Ali Piane, Wayinbuife Ikejiora, Lilian Truong, Karina Laigo, Kimberly Mondragon, and Sabrina van der Linden-Gonzalez (Assistant Coach)
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Thanks to everyone else who has supported and continues to support our Moot Court program, including Scott Allen and the Hauth Center. A special word of appreciation to the Joseph Ball/Clarence Hunt Inn of Court of Long Beach, and our many supporters in the Long Beach Bar Association who have donated their time to judge and/or recruit justices for the Western Regional.  Thanks to the Offices of the President and the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Shayne of Public Affairs. Thanks to Professor Teresa Wright and Amelia Marquez of the Department of Political Science. Thanks to Amy and John Lanham and Emily Lees all of our volunteers.  Special thanks to those who have supported moot court through financial donations — especially Beverly August and the late George August.