WHAT IS MOOTING?
Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing part and before judges. It is perhaps the closest experience to appearing in court that a student can have whilst at university.
WHY SHOULD YOU GET INVOLVED IN MOOTING?
Mooting now forms a compulsory part of certain law courses, but is still a totally voluntary student-organized activity in many law schools. Gaining mooting experience can have a positive impact on your future career.
As many students will be aware, the legal profession is an increasingly difficult one to enter. Application forms for legal professional courses, solicitors’ firms often demand that a candidate can provide evidence of their advocacy or mooting experience whilst at university (over and above any of the more traditional areas of advocacy such as debating).
Mooting may also help you to build confidence in public speaking, general research, and presentation skills. In other words mooting experience can benefit every student whether or not they plan to follow a traditional legal career path upon graduation.
HOW IS MOOTING DONE?
- THE PROBLEM
A typical moot problem is concerned solely with a point (or points) of law.
- THE TEAMS
A moot usually consists of four speakers, divided into two teams, each consisting of a leading and junior counsel. One team represents the appellants, the other the respondents. The judicial panel consists in three judges. Mooters may be evaluated individually or as a team.
- THE MOOT COURT
The moot ‘court’ should reflect, as far as possible, a courtroom scenario in reality. The moot is presided over by three judges who deliver a judgment at the end of the moot on the law and on the result of the moot itself. For the duration of their arguments, the mooters are required to maintain the appropriate courtroom manner (remembering, amongst other things, to address the court and fellow counsel in the accepted form).