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Moot Court Programs
Advocacy Programs Page
This page contains brief descriptions of advocacy competitions currently active at Illinois.
Read Your Record
All legal research should start with an analysis of the legal issues. Read your record to find out:
- what issues are involved;
- what legal principles you need to learn more about; and
- what major cases the lower court relied upon.
Once you have read your record:
- gather any legal materials mentioned in the record;
- read the cases, statutes, regulations, and other legal precedent and note additional citations to other materials;
- Keycite and/or Shepardize all legal material to check status and to find additional pertinent resources; and
- look for briefs of any underlying cases to see how issues were argued in the court below.
U of I Catalog
This includes only the holdings at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
How to Use this Guide
This research guide contains many tabs some of them contain resources to help you research, write, and argue your moot court brief. Others contain information specific to your moot competition. When you are begining your moot court problem, use the resources on this page and then explore the resources suggested in Writing Resources and Oral Advocacy Resources.
Books on Appellate Advocacy
Making Your Case : The Art of Persuading Judges by
Call Number: KF8870 .S23 2008
Publication Date: 2008-06-06
This book covers the essentials of sound legal reasoning, including how to develop the syllogism that underlies any argument. From there the authors explain the art of brief-writing, and what it takes to succeed in oral argument.
Appellate Advocacy in a Nutshell, 2e by
Call Number: KF9050.Z9 H668 1998
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
This work is designed to assist the advocate in formulating arguments, oral or written, before appellate courts. There are extensive chapters on brief writing and oral argument.
Treatises on Constitutional Law
Make sure you familiarize yourself with the basic priniples of law dealt with in your problem. Moot court problems often involve constitutional law issues. Here are some recommended treatises on constiutional law.
Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies by
Call Number: KF4550 .C427 2019
Relied on by students, professors, and practitioners, Erwin Chemerinsky's popular treatise clearly states the law and identifies the underlying policy issues in each area of constitutional law. Thorough coverage of the topic makes it appropriate for both beginning and advanced courses. New to the Sixth Edition: New discussion of the Preamble to the Constitution in Ch. 1 Discussion of many new cases throughout the book. Major new decisions include: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; Gill v. Whitford; Zivotofsky v. Kerry; Lucia v. SEC; South Dakota v. Wayfair; Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin; Obergefell v. Hodges; Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt; Matal v. Tam; Williams-Yulee v. Florida State Bar; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra; Janus v. American Federation; Town of Greece v. Galloway; and Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer New materials on presidential power, immigration, and travel bans under the Trump administration, including IRAP v. Trump and Hawaii v. Trump
Understanding Constitutional Law by
Call Number: KF4550 .R43 2005
Understanding Constitutional Law covers all of the central concepts and issues students encounter in any basic constitutional law course. Structure of Government issues revolve around the twin themes of federalism and separation of powers. Individual rights and liberties follow a concept organization-Due Process, Equal Protection, and First Amendment. Clearly written and authoritative, Understanding Constitutional Law addresses the central concepts and issues students encounter in most Constitutional Law casebooks. Structure of government issues revolve around the twin themes of federalism and separation of powers. Individual rights and liberties follow a concept organization - Due Process, Equal Protection, and First Amendment.
Winning on Appeal by
Call Number: KF9050 .A935 2003
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Judges contribute their thoughts on how to write a brief and how to argue a case-information that is not available in any other publication or resource.
Annotated Versions U.S. Constitution
Constitution of the United States, Analysis and Interpretation
2002 Edition and Supplements available online and in print:
KF4527 .U54 2004
USCA - Westlaw
Annotated version of the constitution is included in the USCA in print and online on Westlaw (USCA-CONST) on Westlaw Next type U.S. Constitution into the general search box to access this database. (Individual Password Access)
USCS - Lexis
The annotated Constitution is available in print and on Lexis in the U.S.C.S. To limit your search to just the annotated constitution follow these breadcrumbs:
Legal > Federal Legal - U.S. > Find Statutes, Regulations, Administrative Materials & Court Rules > United States Code Service (USCS) Materials > USCS - Constitution of the United States.
On Lexis Advance use Browse Sources and search for the USCS - Constitution of the United States. (Individual Password Access)