Catalog 2021-2022


LJA 400 Mock Trial Tournament

This is an advanced and intense trial advocacy experience.  Students must have the approval of the assigned professor to register.  To be selected for the course, students must earn a B or better in Trial Advocacy (LJA 316) during the fall semester, and earn high scores from mock judges during an in-class, end-of-fall-semester mock trial competition. Selected students will participate in a seven-week intensive preparation for an American Mock Trial Association regional tournament (held in either February or March of the spring term). This is a pass/fail class.

Credit Hours: 4

LJA 401 Moot Court Tournament

This is an advanced and intense appellate advocacy experience. In teams of two, students develop legal arguments on a hypothetical case developed by the American Moot Court Association. Each student is responsible for both petitioner and respondent positions on an assigned constitutional issue. Over the course of the semester, students will learn Supreme Court precedent for the constitutional issues that underwrite the hypothetical case, practice oral arguments in class, and compete in a regional tournament of the AMCA. Students will be required to submit a written brief.
Credit Hours: 4


LJA 315

LJA 450 Independent Study

An applied, experiential moot court or mock trial experience, which involves case-problem readings and participation in either moot court or mock trial tournaments. The course must be under the direction of a full-time LJA professor, and the subject matter will depend on the yearly national case problems devised by The American Mock Trial Association and The American Collegiate Moot Court Association.

One credit only, repeatable up to a maximum of four credits.
Credit Hours: 1


LJA 315 or LJA 316