DMU law Students mooting in the UK Supreme Court
We are delighted to announce that the finals to this year’s internal mooting competition will take place in the prestigious UK Supreme Court.
What is mooting?
A moot is a legal debate in a hypothetical courtroom setting, in which students play the role of a barrister and present legal arguments based on a fictitious legal action. It is the closest experience a law student could have to representing a party in court. The moot takes the form of mock appeal, usually involving four ‘mooters’. The moot problem consists of a set of facts relating to a legal dispute, and gives the decision of the court of first instance (usually the High Court) on the claim. The problem will identify grounds on which the decision is appealed to the Moot Court of Appeal. Occasionally the Moot Court of Appeal will already have heard an appeal from the Moot High Court, in which case the moot appeal will be to the Moot Supreme Court.
Transferable skills for employability
Mooting certainly helps to develop essential skills required to be a good lawyer. It involves being able to assess a problem critically and an ability to review the law in the factual context of the client. It enables students to formulate a structured and informed argument as well as assess an opposing argument. The process requires students to think on their feet because they have to evaluate the presentation of the opposition and counter-argue successfully. These skills are valued by the legal profession and so mooting certainly helps law students to be more marketable. In addition, the benefit of mooting is not limited to those planning a career in the legal profession. It enhances a range of skills such as teamwork, self management, critical analysis, problem solving, and the ability to be dynamic. Such skills and qualities would serve to enhance a profile aiming at any career.
Preparation for the mooting competition
This year sees the start of a new angle on how De Montfort University Law Faculty goes about its mooting society. Through our staff co-ordinator Dr Nicola Jackson, four ‘moot camps’ have been arranged. These workshop sessions about teaching students how to moot and become confidant advocates. These are then followed by the internal mooting competition where the students are pitched against their peers and classmates. Already we know that this will be very memorable and exciting year for the mooting society and students alike.
Tom Jones and Farrah Khalid
Master and Mistress of Moots