Stephen F. Austin State University

Moot Court

Moot court is a competitive academic activity designed to simulate appellate advocacy: student teams prepare legal arguments based on a fictional legal case and relevant legal precedents, and present those arguments to a panel of judges -- a faux Supreme Court. In a moot court competition, the judges score each of the competing teams (each of which represents one party to the fictional case0, and each of the individual competitors, according to the quality of their arguments.

The SFA Moot Court Team is a member of the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association (TUMCA), and competes in moot court tournaments held throughout the state of Texas. In previous years, several SFA teams have qualified to compete at the annual national tournament held by the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMCA). SFA teams and team members have, additionally, won many individual and team-based awards at tournaments.

Students who participate in moot court will develop critical legal research, reasoning, and argumentation skills. Moreover, since moot court is a common requirement of the curriculum of most law schools, students interested in attending law school, in particular, stand to benefit.

Those interested in becoming involved should contact the faculty coaches or team captain and obtain a copy of the the ACMCA case problem.