I was terrified of public speaking, and I figured this would be the perfect way to make me a little bit more comfortable in front of people, especially if I wanted to litigate. I had no idea what that was like until this competition.
IU McKinney's moot court program will teach you valuable legal skills before you even graduate.
As part of moot court, you're given a problem, you have to write a brief on it. And then you argue that problem. That helps my daily practice just because now I have to actually write those briefs for real. So it's nice to have actually done one, and had to bring it in front of judges. So I kind of know where the judges are gonna come from.
With McKinney's moot court program, you earn course credits and game crucial experience arguing a case each week of the four week program before a panel of real judges and trial attorneys, the top 32 moot court competitors become the order of the barristers.
You actually get access to national competitions. So we went and we competed in Chicago in front of the Seventh Circuit. So that was an incredible experience.
And there are long lasting benefits for your career.
After each argument, you will get to talk to the judges. So you'd actually get to know them as they give you advice on what you're doing. And as well as kind of like future advice in terms of jobs. I made it much easier to reach out to them in the first place. There were a couple of different people that I met for coffee just to kind of figure out what the legal community look like afterwards.
Maybe you should experience the moot court program too at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.