What is Mooting?
Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal problem, against an opposing counsel, before a judge in a hypothetical simulation of court. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court.
We’ve all come across a Mock Trial at some point in our lives, through school or university, but Mooting is different in that the Moot problems don’t focus on testing the evidence as a Mock Trial does – Mooting focuses on developing a coherent, structured argument based on a point of law, as well as improving advocacy and oral presentation skills, fit for the courtroom.
Mooting is a vital asset to any Law student’s CV, and whilst the staff at the School of Law are currently planning to install a compulsory Mooting component to the Legal Skills and Methods module in 1st year, we strongly encourage all of our members to become actively involved in the Mooting society and the national competitions on offer. Mooting experience is hugely beneficial for anyone seeking to pursue a career in legal practice particularly, but also helps to hone one’s skills as a speaker and researcher.
Mooting at QUB
Queen’s University has had a highly successful year in Mooting, through our participation in the various national mooting competitions, such as OUP/BPP, Essex Court, UKLSA and more.
Our two fantastic Postgraduate students, Sophie Morrison and Barry O’Kelly, brought home a QUB mooting victory in the prestigious NSLS Mooting competition, competing in Lincoln’s Inn in the grand final round.
We also had a fantastic performance from undergrad students Elspeth Venn and Sasha Conlon in the esteemed OUP Mooting competition, who were only 1st year at the time of the competition last year! Elspeth and Sasha competed in the Final round and came a very close 2nd place. Seeking to expand on their fantastic achievements and skills, the now 2nd year students continue to moot in various national competitions, representing QUB at its best. Go team!
We’ve also hosted a number of very successful internal LawSoc Mooting competitions at QUB itself, particularly one-day speed Moots, ran on a knock-out basis. This allows our members to experience mooting at a fast, exciting pace, without the rigours of an on-going competition. We hope that the successful mooting culture here at QUB will continue to grow in the coming years!
Please feel free to contact our Mooting Officer, Ben – firstname.lastname@example.org