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This guide provides general resources that can be helpful for moot court teams and individual resources for each moot team at Boston College Law.
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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.


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    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

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    Winning on Appeal - Hon. Ruggero J. Aldisert
    Call Number: KF9050 .A935 2003
    ISBN: 1556818246
    Publication Date: 2003-01-01

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    A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy - Beazley
    Call Number: KF251 .B42 2010
    ISBN: 9780735585102
    Publication Date: 2010-07-30

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    Appellate Advocacy in a Nutsehll - Alan D. Hornstein
    Call Number: Permanent Reserve 2 hours KF9050 .Z9 H668 1998
    ISBN: 0314223789
    Publication Date: 1998

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    Making Your Case - Antonin Scalia an Bryan A. Garner
    Call Number: KF8870 .S28 2008
    ISBN: 0314184716
    Publication Date: 2008

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    The How-to-Win Appeal Manual - Ralph Adam Fine
    Call Number: KF9050 .F56 2008
    ISBN: 1933833122
    Publication Date: 2008


    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.

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    American Constitutional Law - Laurence H. Tribe
    Call Number: Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .T785 2000
    ISBN: 1566627141
    3rd. Ed. is volume 1 of planned 2 volumes. Use 2nd Ed. Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .T785 1988 for Chapters 9-18.

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    Constitutional Law - John E. Nowak and Ronald D. Rotunda
    Call Number: Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .N6 2004
    ISBN: 0314144528
    Part of the West Hornbook series.

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    Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies - Erwin Chemerinsky
    Call Number: Law Course Reserve KF 4549 .C655 2006
    ISBN: 073555787X
    Professor Chemerinsky is noted for his easy to understand explanations.

    Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure - Ronald D. Rotunda & John E. Nowak
    Call Number: Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .R63 2012
    Also available on Westlaw.

    Understanding Constitutional Law - Norman Redlich; John Attanasio; Joel K. Goldstein
    Call Number: Law Permanent Reserve KF4550 .R43 2005
    ISBN: 0820561371
    Publication Date: 2007-03-16

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