Since 1949, Wayne State University Law School's Moot Court Program has helped students hone their written and oral advocacy skills at the appellate level. Junior members team up to write one appellate brief each semester and argue at least four times before a panel of senior member judges. They may later advance to the Arthur Neef or Law Day Competition, where practicing attorneys and judges preside over the arguments. Each year, these practitioners comment that the students’ arguments are better than 90 percent of the ones presented in court.
“You can never really be sure how well you know a point of law until you're tested by a court. Moot Court gave me the skills to argue clearly and effectively before the most skeptical of panels, and those skills have empowered me to speak confidently about the law."
- Justin Hakala, '09