Legal Debate Programs
The University of Houston has two legal debate programs on campus, Mock Trial and Moot Court. Legal debate styles are oriented toward training students who are interested in pursuing careers in the law or students who are interested in the way their nation’s legal system functions. Simulating different aspects of legal advocacy allows students to hone their skills in legal research and rhetoric, as well as learning to work cooperatively on a team.
The American legal system itself relies on debate as the best means to find the truth. This adversarial system (“lawyer-driven, open to the public, and based on oral proceedings in judicial forums”) of American law reflects an abiding faith in the ability of the people themselves to nurture and sustain a democratic culture of truth-seeking. Legal debate at the University of Houston provides essential training in this crucial aspect of our democratic system.