Mini-Moot Court: Use of the Abbreviated Simulation in Teaching Constitutional Law

21 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2010

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Daniel E. Smith

Northwest Missouri State University

Date Written: February 5, 2010

Abstract

While moot court simulations are often used in undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law, there are challenges to running an effective simulation. For instructors faced with disparate student preparation and skills, class size, time and workload constraints, as well as those looking for a supplementary exercise for traditional moot court simulations, an abbreviated version – the “mini-moot"– can be a valuable classroom tool. This paper discusses the purposes, form, and benefits of such mini-moot court exercises, drawing upon the past four years of use, and some promising classroom data regarding their pedagogical value.

Keywords: Simulations, Moot Court, Constitutional Law

Suggested Citation

Smith, Daniel E., Mini-Moot Court: Use of the Abbreviated Simulation in Teaching Constitutional Law (February 5, 2010). APSA 2010 Teaching & Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1548923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1548923

Daniel E. Smith (Contact Author)

Northwest Missouri State University ( email )

Maryville, MO 64468
United States

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