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Moot Court Research Help

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

General Information

Moot Court Website: New York City Bar - National Moot Court

Calendar & Deadlines: See above webpage.

Past National Moot Court Materials: You can access the records, briefs, and related organizational materials from the 1st to the most recent (1950-current) annual National Moot Court Competitions in this database on HeinOnline.

Advisor: Professor Thomas J. Carey, Jr.

Research Consultation:  To schedule a research consultation, please contact Amy Bruce.

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.

Treatises on Constitutional Law

Make sure you familiarize yourself with the basic principles of law dealt with in your problem.  Moot court problems often involve constitutional law issues.  Here are some recommended treatises on constitutional law.