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What is a Moot?

A moot is a contest in which opposing pairs of counsel argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a 'judge' (normally a lecturer or postgraduate student). To win you do not necessarily have to win the legal case, but must make the best presentation of your legal arguments.

Why should I get involved?

Taking part in mooting is one of the more effective ways of acquiring the skills of a lawyer. It is useful for developing legal skills of analysis and interpretation, but also personal skills of argument and public speaking. Most importantly of all, it's great fun! Mooting is an essential activity for those considering a career at the Bar and desirable even for those looking to law firms.

What is mooting like at City?

Mooting is an important part of studying law at City, with City students seeing significant success in both national and international competitions. The School recognises the value in students taking part in mooting competitions to enable them to develop their analytical, advocacy and communications skills. Mooting is a compulsory part of the undergraduate law course, and students from our postgraduate courses are encouraged to get involved.

We run several internal moot competitions for our students:

Additionally. there are various opportunities to attend lectures and workshops to help students improve their mooting skills.

Recent successes in moot competitions

We have seen some tremendous performances from our students in recent years; here are a few highlights:

Want to know more?

Lawbore mooting website Learnmore, part of our Lawbore portal, is an excellent place to learn about Mooting and to find resources to help you learn the skills needed for this. You'll discover video clips of mooting in action, hear tips and experiences from our expert mooters on everything from skeleton arguments to bundles, judicial interventions to modes of address.

The Lawbore Mooting HQ gives you more information about the competitions we get involved in.

Emily Allbon is Moot Director with responsibility for the National Mooting Competitions as well as the internal City Scholars, GDL and Crown Office Moots.

Joanne Moss is Moot Director with responsibility for the Senior Moot.