Upcoming Mooting opportunities…Don’t miss your chance to get involved!


Mooting season is in full bloom and for that reason the mooting coordinators want to let you know of some competitions that you are able to enter yourselves regardless of whether the OULS is entering a team to officially represent the Open University.

Whilst coaching cannot be guaranteed it will be offered where possible and even when there is potential conflict with an official team we will of course still try and give you every possible assistance that we can. The mooting coordinators are also very happy to help try and pair you up with someone who has previously expressed an interest in mooting should you need a partner. If you would like to contact them they can be emailed at mooting@ouls.org.

Another way to get involved is by attending moots as a spectator and supporting the Open University team that way. Also we are always in need of volunteers to help out with Clerking and time keeping duties and so if you think you would like to assist the teams like this then please do get in touch with mooting@ouls.org. We have some competitions at the moment where we are in desperate need of clerks.

Incidentally we are in need of some help for a competition in just under 2 weeks’ time in London (the evening of 7th December – Moorgate).

Please contact jennifer.wharton@ouls.org or mooting@ouls.org if you can help.

The competitions that you can enter independently are as follows:

  • The UKLSA – Mooters/Advocates can be students of any discipline or graduates at pre-qualifying stage. Graduates are accepted to provide opportunities for those who have graduated and are still looking for a place to complete the practical training. Details can be found at http://www.uklsa.co.uk/imac/
  • The FTB Kingsland Cup – The FTB Kingsland Cup Mooting competition is open to all UK undergraduates, postgraduates, GDL, BPTC and LPC students. It is free to enter. Details can be found at https://www.ftbchambers.co.uk/students/kingsland-cup-and-prize-moot
  • National Speed Mooting Competition – The Moot is open to undergraduate law and GDL students from any university or college within the UK. Post-graduate students (e.g. LPC, BPTC or Masters Students) may not enter.

Details can be found at http://speedmooting.com/ although the 2017/18 details are not yet published.

  • UKELA Moot – There are two mooting competitions:
  1. The Lord Slynn of Hadley Moot (the senior competition), which is open to all those who, as of 31st December 2017, are in pupillage, a trainee solicitor, on the bar vocational course or legal practice course, or those who have completed the bar vocational course or legal practice course but have not yet secured a pupillage or a place as a trainee solicitor.
  2. The Dame Frances Patterson Moot (the junior competition), which is open to those who, as of 31st December 2017, do not qualify for the Lord Slynn Moot but who are studying for a degree (including a graduate degree, e.g. LLM or a non-law degree), or taking the GDL. If you have completed a vocational course you are not able to enter the junior competition.
  3. Where the question of whether an individual qualifies for either the senior or junior competition is unclear, the matter will be referred to the Master of the Moot for a final determination.

Details can be found at https://www.ukela.org/law-student-moot-competition
If we hear of any more competitions that are open to independent entries then we will of course endeavour to let you know, alternatively if you know of any other competitions that other OULS members may be interested in then please send details to mooting@ouls.org.

And last but not no way least the internal competition for 2017/2018 is being prepared and we hope to release details next month! So keep an eye out for that.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Written by:

Jennifer Wharton – OULS Mistress of the Moots


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