Mooting Resources

Mooting Resources

  1) Sample facta
  2) Resources on mooting and oral advocacy
  3) Resources on drafting factums and moot court briefs
  4) Websites on mooting
  5) General legal writing guides

Students who need help researching or preparing for a moot, please consult any of the reference librarians

1)   Sample factum precedents in Microsoft Word 

The outline of a factum is fairly standard, regardless of the court to which it is being submitted. Most, for example, have a style of cause and are then organized into five parts:

    • Part 1 - Case History
    • Part 2 - Statement of the Facts
    • Part 3 - Statement of the Issues
    • Part 4 - The Law
    • Part 5 The Order Requested.

Sample Facta

Appellant's factum [Microsoft Word]
Respondent's factum [Microsoft Word]

2)  Resources on Mooting and Oral Advocacy 

Aldisert, Ruggero J. Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument. 2nd ed. Notre Dame, Ind. : National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2003.
Call Number: KF9050 .A935 2003 LAW

Berry, Carole C. Effective Appellate Advocacy: Brief Writing and Oral Argument. 4th ed. Thomson/West, 2009.
Call Number: KF251 .B43 2009 LAW

Bucholtz, Barbara K. The Little Black Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Law Student Competitions. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2002.
Call Number: KF 281 .A2B83 2002 LAW

Dobson, Paul and Barry Fitzpatrick, eds. The Observer Book of Moots. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1986.
Call Number: KF 281 .A2 O27 1986 LAW

Fontham, Michael R. Written and Oral Advocacy. New York: Wiley, 1985.
Call Number: KF251 .F65 1985 LAW Short Term Loan .

Fontham, Michael R.Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy in Trial and Appellate Courts. New York : Aspen Law & Business, c2002.
Call Number: KF251 .F658 2002 LAW Short Term Loan

Gaubatz, John T. The Moot Court Book: A Student Guide to Appellate Advocacy. 2nd ed. Charlottesville, VA: Michie Co., 1987.
Call Number: KF 281 .A2 G38 1987 LAW

Introduction to Advocacy: Brief Writing and Oral Argument in Moot Court Competition. 4th ed. Mineola, N.Y.: Foundation Press, 1985.
Call Number: KF 281 .A2H3 1985 LAW

Kee, Christopher. The Art of Argument: A Guide to Mooting. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Call Number: K 2251 .K44 2006 LAW

Kindler, Joseph J. In the Moot Court of the Canadian Bar Association-Ontario, on Appeal from the Supreme Court of Canada, 1992. (Gale Cup Moot 1992) Toronto: Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 1992.
Call Number: KF 281 .T6K46 1992a LAW

Perell, Paul M. "Getting a Judge's Attention" Briefly Speaking (April 2009) 30.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein, 1981- .
Call Number:JX 27 .P55 LAW #1960\68-

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Reporter: Worldwide Participation. Washington, DC: International Law Students Association, 1991.
Call Number: JX 27 .P552 1991 LAW [loose-leaf]

The Phillip C. Jessup Library on Hein Online

  • ASILS International Law Journal
  • ILSA Journal of International Law
  • ILSA Quarterly
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Compendium - Subject Indexes and Finding

Snape, John and Gary Watt. The Cavendish Guide to Mooting. 2nd ed. London: Cavendish, 2000.
Call Number: KD440 .A2 S65 2000 LAW

Spillane, Meghan.  International Moot Court: An Introduction.  New York : International Debate Education Association, c2008.
Call Number: KZ1237 .S65 2008 Course Reserves

Teply, Larry L. Law School Competitions in a Nutshell. St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, 2003.
Call Number: KF281 .A2 T47 2003 LAW

UCLA Moot Court Honors Program. Handbook of Appellate Advocacy, 3rd. ed. St. Paul, Minn.: West, 1993.
Call Number: KF251 .H28 1993 LAW Short Term Loan.

Williams, Sharon A. and Janet Walker. The Practical Guide to Mooting. Toronto: E. Montgomery Publications, 1995.
Call Number: KF 281 .A2 W55 1995 LAW

Wrightsman, Lawrence S. Oral arguments Before the Supreme Court: An Empirical Approach. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Call Number: KF8748 .W752 2008 [Also Online]

3)  Resources on Drafting Factums and Moot Court Briefs  

Brand, Norman and John O. White. Legal Writing: The Strategy of Persuasion. 3rd ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.
Call Number: KF 250 .B7 1994 LAW

Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings. 14th ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2001.
Call Number: KD 7177 .B85 2001 LAW.

Cromwell, Thomas A, Ed. Preparation of Factums. Aurora, Ont.: Canada Law Book, 1996.
Call Number: KF 250 .P74 1996 Short Term Loan

Cromwell Thomas A. Ed.  Effective written advocacy. Aurora, Ont. : Canada Law Book, 2008.
Call Number: KE265 .C76 2008

Facts on Factums. Toronto: Dept. of Continuing Education, Law Society of Upper Canada, 1995.
Call Number: KF 9058 .ZA2F33 1995 LAW

Foy, Patrick G. et al. Factums in Civil Appeals, 1985. Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1985.
Call Number: KF 9058 .ZA4F32 1985 LAW

Garner, Bryan A. The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. KF251 .G37 2004 LAW Short Term Loan. [Also Online]

How Do You Plead? Breaking the Bonds of Boilerplate? Toronto: Department of Continuing Legal Education, Law Society of Upper Canada, 1994.
Call Number: KF 8870 .A2H68 1994

Laskin, John I., Forget the Wind Up and Make the Pitch: Some Suggestions for Writing More Persuasive Factums

Morton, James C. and Michael E. Freeman. Written Advocacy. Toronto: Butterworths, 2000.
Call Number: KE 265 .M67 LAW C 2000.

O'Brien's Internet: O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents [from computers at the Faculty of Law only]

Re, Edward Domenic. Brief Writing & Oral Argument. 9th ed. Oceana Publications, 2005.
Call Number: KF251 .R4 2005 LAW

Wilson, Carol Ann. Plain Language Pleadings. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1996.
Call Number: KF 250 .W52 1996 LAW

4)  Websites on Mooting

Oxford University Press: Moot Problem Archive

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition:

5)  General Legal Writing Guides 

Asprey, Michele M. Plain Language for Lawyers. 3rd ed. Annandale, NSW: Federation Press, 2003.
Call Number: K 94 .A86 2003 LAWR

Beaudoin, Louis. Expressions juridiques en un clin d'oeil. Cowansville, Quebec: Editions Y. Blais, 2000.
Call Number: K 52 .F7 B42 2000 REFB

Butt, Peter. Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Call Number: K 94 .B88 2006 Short Term Loan

Calleros, Charles R. Legal Method and Writing. New York: Aspen Law & Business, 2002.
Call Number: KF 250 .C345 2002 LAW

Charrow, Veda et al. Clear and Effective Legal Writing. 4th ed. New York: Aspen Law & Business, 2004.
Call Number: KF 250 .C45 2004 LAW

Dernbach, John C., Ed. A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method. 3rs. ed. Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 2007.
Call Number: KF 250 .D47 1994 LAW

Edwards, Linda Holdeman. Legal Writing: Process, Analysis & Organization. 4th ed. New York: Aspen Law & Business, 2006.
Call Number: KF 250 .E38 2006 Short Term Loan

Garner, Bryan A. Elements of Legal Style. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Call Number: KF 250 .G37 2002 LAW

Gender-free Legal Writing: Managing the Personal Pronouns. Vancouver: British Columbia Law Institute, 1998.
Call Number: KF 250 .G46 1998 LAW

Gordon, Suzanne. The Law Workbook: Developing Skills for Legal Research and Writing. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2001.
Call Number: KE 250 .G67 2001 Short Term Loan

Haggard, Thomas R. Legal Drafting in a Nutshell. 2nd ed. St. Paul, Minn.: West Pub. Co., 2003.
Call Number: KF 250 .H343 12003 LAW

LeClercq, Terri. Guide to Legal Writing Style. 4th ed. New York: Aspen Law & Business, 2007.
Call Number: KF 250 .L3913 2007 LAW

Mowat, Christine. A Plain Language Handbook for Legal Writers. Scarborough, ON: Carswell, 1998.
Call Number: KE 265 .M68 1998 Short Term Loan

Neumann, Richard K. Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing: Structure, Strategy and Style. 6th ed. Gaithersburg: Aspen Law & Business, 2009.
Call Number: KF 250 .N48 2009 Short Term Loan

Oates, Laurel Currie et al. The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research and Writing. New York: Aspen Law & Business, 2002. KF 250 O.18 2002 LAW

Perrin, Tim. Better Writing for Lawyers. Toronto: Law Society of Upper Canada, 1990.
Call Number: KF 250 .P47 Short Term Loan

Ray, Mary Bernard. Legal Writing: Getting it Right and Getting it Written. St. Paul, Minn: West Group, 2000.
Call Number: KF 250 .R39 2000 Short Term Loan

Richmond, Jane. Legal Writing: Form & Function. Notre Dame, Ind.: National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2001.
Call Number: KF 250 .R53 2001 LAW

Rossini, Christine. English as a Legal Language. New York: Kluwer Law International, 1998.
Call Number: K50 .R67 1998 REFB

Smith, Michael R. Advanced Legal Writing: Theories and Strategies in Persuasive Writing. 2nd ed. Austin : Aspen Publishers, 2008.
Call Number: KF250 .S58 2008

Stephens, Cheryl M. Plain Language Legal Writing. 5th ed. Vancouver: ASAP Legal Pub., 1999.
Call Number: KE 265 .S73 1999 Short Term Loan


Whitehead Philip W. and Matthewman,  Anne. Legal Writing and Research Manual. 7th ed. Markham, ON : LexisNexis Canada, 2012.
Call Number: KE265 .Y64 2012 Course Reserves

Wydick, Richard C. Plain English for Lawyers. 5th ed. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2005.
Call Number: KF 250 .W92 2005 Short Term Loan