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Mooting

Studying 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.

Why Moot?
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 competitions for all year groups. The competitions are both internal and external, i.e against other UCL law students and against students from other colleges. The 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 here.

The 2013/14 Mooting team consists of:
Dr Nicola Countouris (Faculty Moots Co-ordinator)
Dr Bolanle Adebola (Faculty Moots Co-ordinator)
Dr Martins Paparinskis (Faculty Moots Co-ordinator)
Dr Martin Petrin (Faculty Moots Co-ordinator)
Nadia O'Mara (Senior Moots Officer, UCL Student Law Society)
Ruth Tan (Junior Moots Officer, UCL Student Law Society)

 

 

 

This page was last modified on 9 October, 2013
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