The Department of Law organises a yearly Moot Court Competition for LLB students in collaboration with the Young Legal Minds Association. The first Young Legal Minds Moot Court Competition was held on 11 December 2015 at the Palais de Justice at Ile Du Port. Moot Court participants receive a Certificate of Participation and the winners of the competition are awarded a trophy.
Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have to appearing in court whilst at university.
The experience which you gain from a moot competition can have a positive impact on your future career. The legal profession is an increasingly difficult one to enter, and some application forms even demand that a candidate provide evidence of their advocacy or mooting experience. Mooting will also help you to build confidence in public speaking, general research, and presentation skills, which are useful skills that you can transfer to most careers.
You will receive a set of facts and be expected to build a legal argument from those factual premises. Each year we choose a different area of the law, which will be relevant in your future practice.
A moot usually consists of four speakers, divided into two teams, each consisting of a leading and junior counsel. One team represents the prosecution/claimants/appellants, and the other the defendant/respondents. Mooters may be judged individually or as a team. Each team must be prepared to argue both the sides of the case.
The Moot Court
The moot ‘court’ will reflect, as far as possible, a courtroom scenario in reality. The moot is presided over by at least one judge who delivers a judgment at the end of the moot, on the law and on the result of the moot itself. The presiding judge is supported by the clerk of the moot who also times the moot speeches. The two teams of mooters sit at separate tables, taking turns to stand to present their arguments to the moot court.
A moot ‘speech’ will normally have a time limit of between 15 and 20 minutes. So be prepared to be on your feet, either presenting your argument or answering questions about your argument, for that amount of time. For the duration of their arguments, the mooters are required to maintain the appropriate courtroom manner (remembering, amongst other things, to address the court and fellow counsel in the accepted form).