Mooting is a competition in which members are presented with a fictional legal problem and simulate a court proceeding. There will be two teams, each side made up of two individuals, one taking the role of Senior Council and the other Junior Council. Do not worry if you do not have a partner to sign up with, the Officers will pair you up with someone that you can enter with so that you can still compete.
Together, you must analyse the problem given, research the relevant law required and present your oral argument on behalf of your client to persuade the judge that your submissions are correct and that those of your opponent are not. At the end, the judge will determine who has won.
There is no better way to learn the law as mooting forces you to prepare, cover every angle possible and anticipate every question. It is not just about your ability to argue persuasively, but to demonstrate a good understanding of the law and how it should be applied. This is the ideal competition for any aspiring barrister to be a part of as you experience the practical aspects of the legal system first hand.
2019/2020 Mooting Competition Winners - Debbie Kumar-Benjamin and Casey Chard with Runners Up Holly Parker and Olivia Jordan
Skills you will develop :
Public Speaking / Presentation
Understanding of the Law
Legal Writing and Research
“Mooting was such an amazing experience for me. Not only did it help to improve my confidence, but my public speaking also. The mooting officers were great and always helped and supported us throughout the competition in any way that they could. Holly Parker and I went through to the final round of the competition which was held in The Supreme Court. Although we came runners up, it was such a surreal experience and Lord Sales’ feedback was very useful. Overall I really enjoyed mooting and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get involved in the competitions held by the Law Society!” - Olivia Jordan, 2nd year LLB Law Student.
“A major part of my time at university was my participation with the UPLS as both a student and committee member. Before I came to university, I knew I wanted to pursue a career as a barrister and as a result I needed as much experience as possible to make my applications stand out to chambers. In my first year I joined the society to participate in the UPLS Mooting Competition. This competition is aimed particularly at those who wish to become barristers as it replicated an appeal case before one of the higher courts. Although I did not win that year, I represented the University at the most prestigious property mooting competition in London. By getting involved so early my passion for advocacy grew and as a result I was elected as Mooting Officer for the UPLS in my second year. Running parallel to this role I competed in and won both the Client Interviewing Competition and the Debating Competition. Both of these helped me to develop my skills to ensure that I would be in a strong place when I submitted pupillage applications. Finally, whilst in my third year I had the privilege to win the UPLS Mooting Competition which was held at the Supreme Court in London. This was undoubtedly the perfect culmination of my degree and I wouldn’t have had these opportunities without the UPLS.” - Casey Chard, 3rd Year LLB Law Student.
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