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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: University of San Diego Criminal Procedure National Tournament

Advisor:  Professor Robert M. Bloom and Professor Rosemary Daly

Librarian contact: Amy Bruce, Legal Information Librarian

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.

Online Sources

Treatises on Criminal Procedure & Constitutional Law

Westlaw Criminal Law & Procedure Materials

Westlaw Edge logoWestlaw provides many subject-specific resources.  On Westlaw, in order to access specific materials geared toward criminal law practitioners or resources, try one of the following:

  • Click on the "Practice Areas" link on the main page and then choose "Criminal Law" for easy access to relevant treatises, journals, forms, briefs, etc.;

  • Choose a category under the "Content types" link on the main page, such as secondary sources.  Scroll down to choose materials by topic; OR

  • Choose your state jurisdiction under "State Materials" tab and browse secondary sources, etc.

Lexis: Criminal Law & Procedure Materials

Like Westlaw, Lexis provides many subject-specific resources.  In order to access specific materials geared toward criminal law practitioners or resources, try one of the following:

  • Click on the Practice Area or Industry tab on the main page. Choose Criminal Law & Procedure. Notice that Lexis also has a practice area for Evidence; OR

  • Run a search from main search bar using the filters (jurisdiction, category, and practice area Criminal Law & Procedure and/or Evidence)

Criminal Law WebGuides

Links to more web guides that contain lists of Criminal Law sources.