Moot Court Guide: Introduction

Law students – and those pursuing other things -  benefit greatly from mooting, but may not always get a chance to participate. Some universities lack the resources, focus, willing or expertise to run an effective mooting competition, perhaps leading to only the occasional moot, possibly against another university – or no moots at all. This handbook aims to provide a rough guide on how to run a simple but effective competition over a few weeks, either internally or with other nearby universities. Mooting can by staff or student law societies, or even a separate mooting organization. 

Much information here is mooting specific, but guidance elsewhere on the running of student societies would equally apply for matters such as transitions between leaders, general internal management and promoting events – this is more concerned with the running of moots themselves. In terms of administrating events and more details on general running of societies, there is useful information on running debating events here and here respectively -  while debating and mooting are separate, they involve similar skills and similar methods of organizing. This is concerned with the particularities of running an internal mooting competition.

Mooting is typically contested in teams of two, but it can also be done by individuals or larger teams. 

Note: The author’s legal studies were in England, therefore English and Welsh legal terminology is being used. I have endeavoured to explain the use of non-obvious terms, where possible.


Image: A room set up for mooting. Image by "Cimmerian praetor" (Creative Commons)