Three pairs of Eastern Michigan University students finished among the top 10 teams in the nation in a national Moot Court competition this month in Long Beach, Calif., finishing third, fourth and seventh. No other students from Michigan universities finished in the top 30 teams. Way to go Eagles!
What is a Moot Court? Moot court isn’t mock trial. Mock trial is usually a jury case, where moot court involves other kinds of simulated court proceedings, which usually involves drafting memorials or memoranda and participating in oral argument. The term “moot” traces its origins to Anglo-Saxon times, when a moot was a gathering of prominent men in a locality to discuss matters of local importance. Moot court does not involve actual testimony by witnesses, cross-examination, or the presentation of evidence, but is focused solely on the application of the law to a common set of evidentiary assumptions to which the competitors must be introduced.
This year, the teams debated the question of whether the federal government can deny students a college education based on status as an undocumented immigrant. The EMU students competed at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Championship at California State University, which took place on January 15-16.
The program welcomes new students. Those interested in joining EMU’s moot court program should contact Professor Barry Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org