William Woods University legal studies students are getting a jump on their legal careers, courtesy of moot court.
A moot court will be conducted tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 29) in the Bernard W. Weitzman Model Courtroom in the Burton Business Building. Oral arguments will be heard from 1 to 4 p.m.
During moot court, students take the role of actual lawyers arguing before the court of appeals. They have been assigned a case that was heard at the trial court level and is being appealed. After researching the facts of the case, they have written an appellate brief. Twelve students participate in teams of two and each side is given 15 minutes to argue its case.
The case being heard at William Woods involves a wife secretly wiretapping a conversation between her husband and their child. As a result of the wiretap, she discovers he is cheating on her and they are subsequently divorced. He sues, based on the federal anti-wiretapping law, and she appeals.
Cynthia Kramer, chair of the legal studies department, is an associate professor of political science and an attorney. She teaches the art of advocacy course, which culminates in the moot court session.
According to Kramer, the opportunity to be involved in moot court is unusual for undergraduate students. Participation is usually limited to second-year law students because substantial legal education is needed to research and argue cases appropriately.