The Open University Law Society is pleased to announce details of this year’s mooting workshops. The events are open to all OULS members and will be held in central London on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018, as well as central Edinburgh on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September. Details of a further mooting workshop expected to take place in Manchester next month, will be released shortly via email but we invite members to register their interest now.
These two-day events will be hosted by OULS Mistresses of the Moots Abigail Hendon and Jennifer Wharton and will cover:
- What is mooting?
- Why moot?
- Legal research skills
- Skeleton arguments and bundles
- Advocacy skills
- Courtroom etiquette
- How to get involved
What is Mooting?
In a moot, students argue, usually in teams of two, to a strict time limit, presenting one side of an appeal on a factual scenario relating to an 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 a career at the Bar is for you. It’s also a great way to meet other students and to see what the profession is really like, sometimes 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.
• 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.
There will be OULS social events on the evenings of 8th September and 29th September and we strongly recommend that attendees come along as these nights are always great fun!
The workshops are open to all OULS members and are a great opportunity to meet fellow students and some of your OULS committee.
Places are limited, so to book your place or to request further information, please contact Abigail and Jennifer at email@example.com as soon as you are able.
We look forward to meeting you!
Jennifer Wharton and Abigail Hendon – Mistresses of the Moots