A Pedagogical Rationale for the Law Professor as Moot Court Coach
40 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 1, 2020
This article recounts lessons learned and wisdom gained from nearly two decades of experience coaching moot court competition teams in the annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The field of experiential education is already the beneficiary of previously published personal narratives on the substantial value moot court competition contributes to legal education. Much of the existing literature in this field, however, seeks to convince law students of the important educational value participation in moot court provides. This article, on the other hand, seeks to persuade full time law faculty that coaching moot court competition teams is a wonderfully rewarding teaching experience and an extremely valuable use of a professor’s pedagogical talent, effort, and time. My two decades of experience has convinced me that coaching moot court teams can be the most impactful teaching in which a law professor can engage and an exceptionally beneficial personal investment in a professor’s development as a classroom teacher and legal scholar.
Keywords: moot court, moot court coaching, experiential education, legal education
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