This guide provides general resources that can be helpful for moot court teams and individual resources for each moot team at Boston College Law.
Last Updated: Feb 6, 2013
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.
LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law - individual password required.
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.
Winning on Appeal
Call Number: KF9050 .A935 2003
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Making Your Case
Call Number: KF8870 .S28 2008
Publication Date: 2008
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.
American Constitutional Law
Call Number: Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .T785 2000
3rd. Ed. is volume 1 of planned 2 volumes. Use 2nd Ed. Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .T785 1988 for Chapters 9-18.
Call Number: Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .N6 2004
Part of the West Hornbook series.
- Constitution of the United States, Analysis and Interpretation
2002 Edition and Supplements available online and in print:
KF4527 .U54 2004
- CRS Annotated Constitution (Cornell's Legal Information Institute)
- 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)