Moot Court team to co-host invitational in Baton Rouge
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Moot Court team and political science department will co-host the first-ever American Moot Court Association invitational in the state at Southern University’s Law Center Oct. 28-29.
The Moot Court team competes in mock Supreme Court oral arguments and is questioned by lawyers and judges, who act as Supreme Court justices. The oral arguments are open to the public.
More than 50 teams will be at the invitational to start, but by Saturday morning, only 16 will be left, according to Moot Court team captain Kristopher Harrison, a junior political science major.
Harrison said the invitational will act as a way for UL Lafayette’s Moot Court team to practice for regionals at Texas A&M University School of Law in November.
“This is sort of like an in-house scrimmage so we can get into competition mode before regionals,” Harrison said. “We’re hitting the ground running really early. We’re definitely excited to be a co-host this weekend. And then, after that, it’s just gonna be preparation for regionals.”
Harrison said 10 people from the team are competing in the invitational.
“Before the semester began, we’d already started preparing two sides of the same problem,” he said. “We argue one side, then we argue the other side and the third side is a coin flip.”
Moot Court team adviser and coach McKinzie Hall, Ph.D., said this will be one of the largest invitationals in AMCA’s history.
Students on the Moot Court team learn how to brief court opinions, write legal arguments and respond to questions from judges, according to Hall.
Hall said the students use the same case all year long, “so students become experts in that area of law.”
The Moot Court team is co-curricular with political science 390, special topics and politics, this fall semester under Hall. Students do not need to be in the class to join the team — students interested can show up to the team’s practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. in Mouton 117.
The Oct. 28 oral arguments will be presented in the form of three rounds, which begin at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Oct. 29 oral argument rounds will be elimination rounds, which take place all day beginning at 9 a.m.