POL 295: “May It Please the Court” – A Moot Court Simulation


This course will give students the opportunity to participate in a simulation of an actual U.S. Supreme Court case. Using a contemporary constitutional controversy as the framework for the course, students will progress through each of the phases of a Supreme Court appeal – drafting legal briefs, taking part in oral arguments both as lawyers and as justices, and producing a decision. This course should be of interest to anyone interested in the law, legal advocacy, the working of the courts, and judicial politics. But it also will be of real benefit to anyone looking for ways to hone their research, writing, thinking and oral communication skills.