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Center for Animal Law Studies

Environmental & Animal Law Advocacy I (594-A1)

November 12, 2013

Craig Johnston
3 Credits
*offered every year
*Meets the WIE or Capstone writing requirement

This class centers on a moot court experience, but includes more than that. During the first five weeks, each student will write a brief on an environmental problem. There will also be classroom sessions focusing on both brief-writing and oral advocacy. Over approximately the next three weeks, the students will engage in six rounds of argument. The first three of these arguments are practice rounds and the next three are competition rounds. After the six rounds of argument are over, the top seven advocates (based on both the brief and the arguments) will be offered the chance to participate in either the national team for the Pace Environmental Moot Court Competition or on our national team for the Animal Law Moot Court Competition, which take place entirely in spring semester.

From that point forward, the students who are on the Pace team collectively will write a brief (due around Thanksgiving) for the Pace competition.

Everyone else will rewrite the brief they wrote for the in-school competition, based on the comments they have received both on the brief they first submitted and during the course of the practice and competition rounds. Unlike in the past, this course is graded. Students can use their re-written briefs to satisfy one of our upper-level writing requirements.