Moot Court Testimony is Hands-on Learning

Giving Students the Experience to Succeed

By Richard “Dick” A. Riley Jr., Ph.D., CFE, CPA;Tom Coogan, J.D., M.F.S.;George Curtis, J.D

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Anti-fraud education at the collegiate level is an emerging specialization. However, for years, there were no textbooks, and most professors had little frame of reference from their college days to develop their courses and programs. Initially, one might believe this situation was a negative, but professors have worked to fill this void with creative methods for achieving student learning. This column focuses on these uses of “moot courts” and “mock trials” in anti-fraud courses and programs by reviewing examples at Stevenson University, Utica College and West Virginia University.

Law schools around the world often incorporate moot courts and mock trials to foster legal reasoning skills and provide simulated courtroom experiences. The excitement generated by these activities has spawned competitions across law schools, which enable students to fine-tune writing and oral skills in the context of complex litigation issues and learn from actual judges and practicing lawyers. Colleges and universities with anti-fraud and forensic accounting specialty programs are now doing the same.

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