Tuesday, October 14, 2008

National Moot Court Competition available in HeinOnline

Every year since 1950, the National Moot Court Competition attracts top talent from the nation's law schools. Teams who have advanced from regional competitions argue before a panel of legal professionals, who evaluate participants based upon their written briefs and oral arguments. This prestigious competition allows students to develop their legal writing and oral argument skills-- essential for most legal professionals.

New moot court participants often look to the winning briefs of past years in order to determine the competition's preferred writing styles and arguments. The winning materials are published each year in a book series, National Moot Court Competition (available in the library 1991-present at the call number KF8918 .N38). The entire series, from 1950-present, has just been digitized in the HeinOnline database, and is now available at Duke. From the main HeinOnline screen, choose "National Moot Court Competition" to search or browse the available volumes.

The National Moot Court Competition library joins another important moot court series which was already available in Hein: the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Compendium (1960-present; part of Hein's "Philip C. Jessup Library"). Anyone interested in moot court competitions should make note of these useful resources.