ICLR Open University Mooting Competition 2017


ICLR Open University Mooting Competition 2017

The OU Law School are pleased to announce that the 2017 Open University Law Society Mooting Competition is now open.  This year’s competition is sponsored by ICLR, and the Grand Final will for the first time be hosted at the UK Supreme Court, judged by UKSC Justice Lady Hale.  This is a unique opportunity to argue in the highest court in the land before one of our country’s most senior and experienced judges.

Please click here for the OMP, and here for the first round competition rules, which include a timetable of all relevant dates for the competition and instructions for how to enter.  The first round of the competition will be decided on written skeleton arguments, for which the submission deadline is Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Round 2 will be decided on oral submissions and will take place in London on Saturday 4th February 2017.  The Grand Final at the UK Supreme Court will take place on the evening of Monday 6th March 2017.  Detailed rules for Round 2 and for the Grand Final will be made available to successful entrants nearer the time.  There will be limited space for spectators for the Grand Final which will be allocated by ballot; please email mooting@ouls.org if you are interested in attending, or to register for the competition.


OULS Mooting Workshop 2017

In addition to the ICLR Open University Mooting Competition, the OULS are running a weekend of mooting and coaching in January 2017.  There will be a workshop and introduction to mooting on the Saturday, and a chance to practice ‘live’ mooting on the Sunday.  The mooting practice will require attendants to prepare and deliver an argument based on a problem which will be sent out to them in the new year.  The emphasis will be on constructive feedback; it will not be a competition and will not be graded or marked.  It will be a rare opportunity to try out mooting skills and techniques in a ‘safe’, non-competitive environment. The workshop will take place on the January 21st and 22nd 2017, exact venues TBC:
Places will be limited and priority will be given to people who can commit to attending both days of the weekend.  Priority will also be given to current OULS members.

To register for the workshop and coaching weekend, or to ask any further questions, please email mooting@ouls.org.


All events with the OULS offer a unique opportunity to meet fellow students who would be otherwise disconnected due to the distance learning nature of the Open University. As usual, social events will complement the mooting copmetition and workshops, offering a social forum for attendees to make new friends.


Written by James Sudworth – OULS News Editor



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