Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Resources to Help Prepare for Oral Argument

It’s mid-term time and the moot court teams and 2Ls (in an appellate advocacy assignment) are gearing up for oral arguments.  If a student has not had the opportunity to see an oral argument in person, there are some great online resources they can use to prepare (and help alleviate their nerves).

U.S. Supreme Court – audio playbacks of arguments are online here.

The Oyez Project at Chicago Kent Law School hosts a multimedia archive “devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.”  Access here.

 Many states have video archives of oral arguments.  The Minnesota Courts archive is here
- check your jurisdiction to see what may be available online. 

Here are some additional resources (likely to be in your law library’s collection):

Bryan A. Garner, The Winning Oral argument: Enduring Principles with Supporting Comments from the Literature (2nd ed., Thomson/West 2009).
Edward D. Re & Joseph R. Re, Brief Writing & Oral Argument (9th ed., Oceana Publications 2005)

David C. Frederick, Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy: Mastering Oral Argument (2nd ed., Thomson/West 2010)

A quick search of your library catalog (subject search: Oral Pleading – United States) will turn up many additional useful resources. 


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I like The Little Book of Oral Argument by Alan L. Dworsky (1991).

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Oct 5, 2011 8:39:18 PM

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