Carroll College, Helena Montana

Moot Court

Carroll Moot Court Team

Moot Court Team is designed to prepare students for oral argument before a mock supreme court.  It is an intense course with a rigorous practice schedule.  Students will be paired with a teammate to represent a fictional client and argue a constitutional law question.  In preparing for argument, students will learn basic legal researching, legal terms, courtroom demeanor and etiquette, hone analytical thinking skills, prepare case law briefs, and learn to respond to rapid fire questions.  The Socratic method will be utilized to improve understanding and analytical thinking of the issues presented.  Students will compete at a regional competition against various other schools across the nation and, if successful, will attend the national competition held in January.  

Carroll junior places in top 10 at moot court competition nationals

Kari RiceMonday, January 16, 2011
By Angela Brandt, Helena Independent Record

A Carroll College junior placed in the top 10 in the nation this weekend at a moot court competition. Kari Rice, along with four other Carroll students, participated in the tournament, which simulates arguing before the Supreme Court and took place at Chapman University Law School in Orange County, Calif.

This was Rice’s second time going to nationals. One tactic she learned from last year’s experience is to not rely on her notes; so this year she memorized her arguments. Rice, who partnered with Wyatt Lyles of California State University-Long Beach, said she was less nervous...  Read More

Carroll's Entire Moot Court Team Earns Invitation to National Tournament
From December 2-3, the Carroll College Moot Court Team competed in the Western Regional Tournament of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association, held at California State University-Long Beach. In only its third year of competition, Carroll sent six students, comprising three teams: Kari Rice and Ryan Lorenz, Michael Yamoah and Sabrina Nystrom, and Laramy Ayers and Amy Dixon. All three teams, coached by adjunct professor of political science Tara Harris, earned an invitation to the National Tournament, to be held at the Chapman University Law School, from January 13-14, 2012. Three students (Ryan, Kari, and Michael) earned individual speaking awards. Their success in this academically demanding competition is remarkable, and a tribute to their hard work and ability. Be sure to congratulate these students, and professor Harris, when they return to campus on Monday!

From left to right: Laramy Ayers, Ryan Lorenz, Kari Rice, Tara Harris, Amy Dixon, Sabrina Nystrom and Michael Yamoah

Contact info:
Bill Parsons, Ph.D.

Tara Harris, J.D.

Moot Court

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Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2012 -  Masters in Public Policy

My Carroll experience played a crucial role in shaping my life decisions after college. The political science department helped move me from having a general goal--make a positive difference in the world--to a specific set of skills I could use. More than anywhere else I've seen, the professors take the time to get to know each student, providing individual advice. My political internship, lobbying with a Carroll-affiliated environmental group at the state Capitol, gave me the confidence and skills to be an effective advocate for my beliefs. Without the well-rounded experience I got from Carroll's study abroad programs, extracurriculars, and excellent professors, I would not be nearly as successful at work and in graduate school.