Mooting is the presentation of a fictitious legal argument in a mock courtroom. As well as being great fun, it can help improve your research and reasoning skills, alongside your written and spoken advocacy. Mooting also allows you to gain a valuable insight into the realities of working in the legal profession.
The moot problem (the “case”) usually takes the form of an appeal to the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court. You will argue for either the Appellant or Respondent, making submissions to the moot judge, who may be a barrister, solicitor, judge, lecturer, or other experienced mooter.
Mooters typically work in pairs to produce and deliver their submissions together, with one mooter acting as Lead Counsel and the other as Junior Counsel.
Below are just some of the skills that you can develop through mooting:
- Written advocacy
- Spoken advocacy
- Legal interpretation
- Presentation skills
- Research skills
- Public speaking
- Team working
Mooting can be a positive step towards a legal career, as well as providing you with the opportunity to network with other students and, often, experienced members of the legal profession.
Following the success of our first ever mooting workshop in 2012, the OULS continues to provide mooting instruction and guidance to its members through annual workshops and an internal competition. The OULS is also responsible for sourcing and selecting teams to represent the OULS in national mooting competitions.
If you would like to become involved with mooting, please ensure you are a member of the OULS. Details of competitions, workshops and other events are posted on the OULS website, Facebook and Twitter.