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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 CSULB Students who have advanced to elimination rounds at the National Tournament Top-Lifetime-wins-and-losses-and-ties-of-CSULB-mooters

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 Spring deadline which will be announced.  Applications are available here.moot court application form for Spring 2018  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:
Assistant Coaches: Patrick DysonJudy Hails and 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:

From its inception until 2014, CSULB hosted the Western Regional.  To learn more about it see: 

History-of-the-Western-Regional-at-CSULB

News

  • Watch videos of past rounds, and find the rules for the National Written Brief Contest at http://amcamootcourt.org/
  • Moot Court recruitment is under way.  Please see Professor Ringel or come to one of our forthcoming informational meetings.
  • Application for the Spring of 2018 will be due in October of 2018.  To get an application click here.  moot court application form for Spring 2018

Awards and Highlights:

  • Sixteen First Place Finishes (fifteen for oral advocacy and one for written advocacy)
  • Fifty-five 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 and 2017
  • 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, 6th Place 2017
  • 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 and 2017
  • 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 Finalist (2nd Place), 2014
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Oral Advocacy National Semi-Finalist (3rd Place) (hybrid with Patrick Henry College), 2017
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Orator Awards, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2017 (seven advocates)
  • American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament Sweet 16, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (thirteen teams/two were hybrids with Patrick Henry College)
  • Oral Advocacy: Regional Tournaments
  • Western Regional Tournament Champions, 2002, 2012 and 2014
  • Upper Midwest Regional Tournament Champions, 2013, 2014, and 2016
  • Upper Midwest Regional Tournament Runners-Up, 2015
  • Western Regional Runners-Up, 2003 and 2016 (hybrid with Patrick Henry College)
  • Western Regional Semi-Finalists, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2013 (five total)
  • Windy City Regional Semi-Finalist, 2016
  • Oral Advocacy: Invitational Tournaments and Classics
  • Capitol Classic, 3rd Place, 2008
  • California Classic Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • 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
  • Falcon Classic Moot Court Tournament 3rd Place, 2016
  • Long Beach Classic Fall Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2013, 2014, and 2016
  • 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
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament 3rd Place, 2013
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament 4th Place, 2013
  • Southern University Law Center’s Moot Court Tournament Champions, 2016 (hybrid with Patrick Henry College)
  • Southern University Law Center’s Moot Court Tournament 3rd Place, 2016
  • 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)

Winners of the George and Beverly August Moot Court Achievement Award

2016-17  Myles Chaney and Sarah Geesaman

2015-16  Justin Adofina and Julieta Hernandez

2014-15  Krist Biakanja, III and Kevin D. Poush

2013-14  Ashley Hall and Kyle Maury

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 our competitions 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 all of our volunteer students and alums throughout the years — especially Amy and John Lanham.  Special thanks to those who have supported moot court through financial donations — especially Beverly August and the late George August and Gail Hutton.