The Mock Court Schedule
Mock Court schedule on the syllabus may appear overwhelming at first glance,
but it's based on two pretty simple principles: (1) case briefs are generally
due two class days before the oral argument will take place;
and (2) per
curiam and dissenting opinions are due two--or sometimes three--class
days after the oral argument. Note that class days are not the same
as calendar days.
illustrate how this will work, look at the assigned cases for class member
"A" on the syllabus excerpt below.
Example #1 (highlighted in red), "A" has a brief due in class on
Thursday, April 29. The case in question will be argued on Tuesday, May
is listed second in
the "Counsel Assigned" column, "A" will argue the respondent's side--in
this case, for the United States in Yates v. U.S.
Thursday, 4/29, "A"
must bring to class two copies of the brief: one for the teacher
and one for opposing counsel. Sending the brief by to both recipients
by class time is an acceptable alternative, but be sure the brief
is attached in either Microsoft Word or text format or include
the text in the body of the FirstClass message.
Tuesday, May 4, "A" must bring one copy of the brief for each member
of the class, plus one for the teacher, and distribute these copies immediately
upon arrival in class.
Example #2 below (highlighted in blue), "A" is assigned to write the opinion
of the Court for Baker v. Carr. This case is heard
on Thursday, May 6, and the per curiam opinion--and
any dissenting opinion a classmate cares to write in this case--is due
no later than class time on Monday May 10, two class days later. (Often
it's easy enough to submit the per curiam opinion via e-mail
later in the day the arguments were heard; this way the Mock Court's
deliberations are still fresh in the mind of the writer. Moreover, unlike
the briefs, these opinions don't take very long to produce, as they tend
to be no more than half
or so in length.)
all else fails, double check with the teacher. Remember that missed deadlines
will be penalized heavily.
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Ned Gallagher. All rights reserved.
April 18, 2004