Mooting – where law students argue real points of law in a simulated court-room environment – is an increasingly important part of the law student’s CV. The OULS team of experienced mooters can help you to understand the basics of what mooting is, why it is so important for students and what benefits it can bring to participants.
The OULS is running three weekend-long events in September and October; one in London, one in Manchester and one in Edinburgh and all members of the OULS are welcome. Places are available exclusively to OULS members so please ensure your membership is up to date before reserving your place. Non-members can join the Society for only £5 here.
The dates for each workshop are:
- London – 16 &17 September 2017
- Manchester – 23 & 24 September 2017
- Edinburgh – 30 September & 1st October 2017
Places at each workshop are limited so if you wish to attend then please email email@example.com to register your interest. Please include your name, which workshop you are interested in and also for statistical purposes, at which stage of study and course you are at or have completed as well as the town and city that you live in.
We are also holding a one-day selection event in October to choose competitors to represent the OU in external competitions. Legal experience is not required to enter the competitions and you don’t need to have attended the mooting workshops to be considered. This selection day will be held in London on 14th October 2017.
What is Mooting?
In a moot, students argue in teams of two to a strict time limit, presenting one side of an appeal on a factual scenario relating to a fluid area of law. There is no evidence or interviewing witnesses: it is simply a display of the students’ advocacy. It is an excellent way to test your legal skills and to see whether the bar is for you. It’s also a great way to meet other students and potential employers, and to see what the profession is really like, often in actual courts before highly-experienced judges.
The benefits of mooting for students can involve:
- Prizes: winners and runners-up often win cash and/or valuable mini-pupillage opportunities.
- Networking: meeting moot judges, other competitors and host institutions can open doors to future opportunities, and can give potential employers a chance to see your advocacy in action.
- Skills development: mooting develops your skills of persuasion, teamwork, legal research, analytical thinking, time management and application of law to facts, as well as familiarity with legal etiquette.
- Confidence: gaining advocacy experience and learning from others can give confidence in applying for legal opportunities, as well as looking great on a CV and providing experiences to talk about in interviews.
The workshops are run in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. All will include the same presentations on mooting under English law, and will cover the following topics:
- Basics of mooting: what it is and how it works.
- Legal research for moot problems.
- Presentation of skeleton arguments and courtroom etiquette.
- Analysis of a sample moot problem.
- Opportunities to practice formal presentation of arguments.
- Information about mooting opportunities for students, both via OULS and independently.
- Advice from experienced mooters and opportunities to ask questions.
Selection for External Moot Competitions
We are holding a one-day selection event in October to choose competitors to represent the OU in external competitions. These competitions take place throughout the academic year, some over a number of rounds, others are all over in a day. Give it a try – you might surprise yourself! More details of the OULS success in previous mooting seasons can be found on our website www.ouls.org
OULS social events
There will be a social event on the Saturday evening of each workshop weekend and the evening of the selection day. These socials will be open to all OULS members, whether they are attend the daytime events or not. Come along and meet fellow members and the OULS team!
CONTACT: For all queries or to register your interest in attending any of the events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Michael Linnane & Jennifer Wharton – Master & Mistress of the Moots