law will probably be different from how you imagined it. We tend to think
of lawyers as public speakers in packed courtrooms, cleverly questioning
witnesses, giving heart rending pleas of mitigation and the like. However,
the average law student will spend most of their time reading in the
library, attending lectures & tutorials, and writing essays. At UCL we
place a great deal of emphasis on Mooting, giving our students the opportunity
to combine their academic studies with what it is like to be a real lawyer.
What is Mooting?
In a moot, two
pairs of 'advocates' argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a
'judge'. To win, you
do not necessarily have to win the legal case, but must make the best presentation
of your legal arguments.
Mooting is useful for developing the legal skills of analysis and interpretation,
but also personal skills of argument and public speaking. These are vital
skill for any students looking for a career in Law and it is certainly a
skill looked for by many employers.
Mooting at UCL
The Moots are organised by the UCL Student Law Society's Mooting Officers.
Each year the Society runs a schedule of training for freshers, and moot
for all year groups. The competitions are both internal and external, i.e
against other UCL law students and against students from other colleges.
Internal Moot Competition Finals are always judged by a high court judge
or prominent lawyer. To get
the most out of mooting, a lot of work is required to argue cases successfully,
but as many experienced mooters will tell you, it is well worth it!
For current UCL Laws mooting news please click
The 2010-11 Mooting team consists of:
Tom Jones (Senior Moots Officer, Student Law Society
Lara Levet (Junior Moots Officer, Student Law Society Committee)
Dr Nicola Countouris (Faculty Moots Co-ordinator)
Prof Paul Mitchell (Faculty Moots Co-ordinator)