A multi-semester course made up of small groups of law students led by third-year student directors and experienced attorneys, the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court incorporates exercises pertaining to practical writing and oral arguments. Briefs and arguments center on contemporary issues, such as First Amendment rights in public schools and the search and seizure of student cell phones.
As students complete briefs, student directors select the best examples of writing for the Best Brief Competition. Likewise, the top speakers are selected to participate in the oral tournament, which is judged by experienced litigators and state or federal judges. The final round of the oral competition is a public event, presided over by justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court.