Mooting is an essential tool if you want to embark on a successful career in law as it encapsulates one of the most of the important skills which lawyers need to have; the ability to make a persuasive and valid legal argument. In addition to this, a record of mooting is fast becoming one of the first things law firms and chambers look for in graduates.
A moot is a hypothetical appeal case where the students argue the legal issues, acting as counsel for the respective parties, before an academic or professional lawyer acting as a judge. It is the judge who decides which side presented their arguments the best. These are conducted in our courtrooms, which provide students with a more authentic experience.
Moots in the School are coordinated by the Law and Debating society which is run by the law students for the law students. A sub-committee of the Law and Debating Society (the Mooting Committee, Chaired by an elected Master of Moots) is responsible for the setting-up of regular moots for novices and for experienced mooters at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
Competitions are run for students each year for the undergraduate law courses and for the whole School. Internal moots are judged by local barristers and solicitors as well as law lecturers from the School. Currently, Bristol solicitors Lyons Davidson generously sponsor the School’s internal Mooting competitions and St John’s Chambers sponsors the external competition. The competitions provide an opportunity for students to enhance their employability after their studies, acquire invaluable contacts and also win substantial cash prizes.
The university also compete in external competitions in which teams are entered into three inter-varsity competitions. Teams are of two members, senior and junior counsel. Judges are practicing or academic lawyers who are not connected to either competing university.
In January 2011 some of our Law students won first prize in the UK Mediation Skills Competition run by the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators in London. Part of their prize included sponsored entry to the ICC International Mediating Skills Competition in Paris.