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Moot Court Programs
Advocacy Programs Page
This page contains brief descriptions of advocacy competitions currently active at Illinois.
Read Your Record
All legal research should start with an analysis of the legal issues. Read your record to find out:
- what issues are involved;
- what legal principles you need to learn more about; and
- what major cases the lower court relied upon.
Once you have read your record:
- gather any legal materials mentioned in the record;
- read the cases, statutes, regulations, and other legal precedent and note additional citations to other materials;
- Keycite and/or Shepardize all legal material to check status and to find additional pertinent resources; and
- look for briefs of any underlying cases to see how issues were argued in the court below.
Search for books in the University of Illinois Libraries, or use to find the call number where books on a certain subject are shelved.
How to Use this Guide
This research guide contains many tabs some of them contain resources to help you research, write, and argue your moot court brief. Others contain information specific to your moot competition. When you are begining your moot court problem, use the resources on this page and then explore the resources suggested in Writing Resources and Oral Advocacy Resources.
Books on Appellate Advocacy
Winning on Appeal by
Call Number: Law Practical Skills Collection KF9050 .A935 2003
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy by
Call Number: Law KF251 .B42 2010
Publication Date: 2010-07-30
Making Your Case by
Call Number: Law Practical Skills Collection KF8870 .S28 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Appellate Advocacy in a Nutsehll by
Call Number: Law Practical Skills Collection KF9050 .Z9 H668 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Treatises on Constitutional Law
Make sure you familiarize yourself with the basic priniples of law dealt with in your problem. Moot court problems often involve constitutional law issues. Here are some recommended treatises on constiutional law.
Constitutional Law by
Call Number: Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .N6 2004
Part of the West Hornbook series.
Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies by
Call Number: Law Course Reserve KF 4549 .C655 2006
Professor Chemerinsky is noted for his easy to understand explanations.
Constitutional Law by
Call Number: Law Permanent Reserves KF 4550 .R63 2012
Publication Date: 1986-02-01
Also available on Westlaw.
Understanding Constitutional Law by
Call Number: Law Permanent Reserve KF4550 .R43 2005
Publication Date: 2007-03-16
Annotated Versions U.S. Constitution
Constitution of the United States, Analysis and Interpretation
2002 Edition and Supplements available online and in print:
KF4527 .U54 2004
USCA - Westlaw
Annotated version of the constitution is included in the USCA in print and online on Westlaw (USCA-CONST) on Westlaw Next type U.S. Constitution into the general search box to access this database. (Individual Password Access)
USCS - Lexis
The annotated Constitution is available in print and on Lexis in the U.S.C.S. To limit your search to just the annotated constitution follow these breadcrumbs:
Legal > Federal Legal - U.S. > Find Statutes, Regulations, Administrative Materials & Court Rules > United States Code Service (USCS) Materials > USCS - Constitution of the United States.
On Lexis Advance use Browse Sources and search for the USCS - Constitution of the United States. (Individual Password Access)