Law 762 - Appellate Advocacy: Moot Court Competitions

David Babbe

David Babbe

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UC Irvine, 1978
J.D. UCLA, 1981
Course Description:

This course is designed for students who will be representing the law school in external moot court competitions.  The course will provide instruction regarding effective brief writing and oral advocacy in the appellate context.   The course will also provide training and support for students participating in external moot court competitions.  Each week, there will be one hour of class time and two (or more) hours of practice rounds for external moot court competitions.  In addition to participating in an external competition, students will be required to prepare for and participate in five practice rounds as an advocate and four practice rounds as a judge. Students will also be required to write a short paper reflecting on their experiences in moot court competitions and prepare written critiques of Ninth Circuit oral arguments.


Course Learning Outcomes:

I have three basic learning objectives for this class:

i) I want you to have a basic understanding of the rules of practice and procedure governing appeals and writ proceedings before the California Courts of Appeal.

ii) I want you to improve your writing skills generally, and in particular, be able to draft a persuasive appellate brief.

iii) I want you to improve your oral advocacy skills generally, and in particular, be able to effectively conduct an appellate oral argument.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Babbe 21S 762 LEC 1 MW 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 2.0 No No
  Limited to students on the Moot Court Honors Board and students who are participating in external moot court competitions. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 1/29/21.