Millikin University participates each spring in the moot court competition that is held as part of the Model Illinois Government simulation. The competition takes place in early March in Springfield, Illinois. We typically send several teams of attorneys as well as several student justices. The simulation is educational in the best sense of the word. For the six to seven weeks leading up to the competition, the faculty advisor meets with participating students for several hours each week. During these meetings, the “closed brief” materials are collectively analyzed. In addition, students work on the formulation of arguments representing both sides of the case, practice oral delivery of those arguments, and practice fielding questions from justices.
Many of Millikin’s core educational skills are facilitated in this practical simulation: critical and ethical reasoning, oral communication skills, and collaborative learning, among others. This is a paradigmatic example of the “theory-practice” model endorsed by Millikin. The success of our students – as judged by external evaluators, including faculty from other institutions as well as attorneys and law students – is clear evidence of the quality of our program.