he main objective of the discipline is to provide students with the necessary skills to be lawyers in competitions that simulate trial cases in international and national courts.
Moot courts serve multiple purposes:
1. They allow a direct contact with a simulated judiciary experience;
2. They connect the law in the books and the law in action, through litigation in a simulated trial case;
3. They integrate and articulate in a real context legal subject-matters learnt in several courses.
Students that participate in moot courts improve substantially their legal writing skills, through the drafting of the written proceedings, and also their oral skills, through the pleading in simulated oral judicial proceedings, where they have to answer questions made by the juries of the case.
Francisco Maria Gil Fernandes Pereira Coutinho
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Through tutorial orientation, in the hours of contact, the professor, starts by explaining the basics of moot courts. Afterwards it will guide the students in the preparations of the written pleadings of a chosen hypothetical case and the preparation of the simulations of the trial. During the semester, students will have to litigate the case several times before a jury made of specialists in that subject matter.
This course follows a system of continuous evaluation. In groups of four students have to draft a written pleading and litigate in several simulated court trials.
The assessment methodologies include:
1) Written pleadings (50%);
2) Oral pleadings (50%).
The syllabus serves two purposes: introducing students to a professional work environment and developing legal skills directly connected with litigation. They also stimulate teamwork, which is essential for success in legal professions, through the common drafting of written pleadings.