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What is a Moot?

A moot is a mock court proceeding in which two pairs of advocates argue a fictitious legal case in front of a judge. Students aim to make the best presentation of their legal arguments. Each advocate has a set time to present their argument, rebut those of his or her opponent, and answer questions asked by the judge. Points are awarded for advocacy skills, quality of argument and legal research – even if the law is against you.

Mooting develops a range of professional skills including; analysis, interpretation, argument and public speaking. Mooting is also a great way of meeting new people, developing teamwork skills and, if you are successful in the international competitions, exploring the globe. 

About Mooting at King’s 

There is an active mooting community at King’s with students from The Dickson Poon School of Law regularly taking part in national and international competitions. The School sponsors several national and Internation moots each year such as:  

  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 
  • Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot 
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot 
  • Oxford French Law Moot 
  • Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot 
  • European Law Moot 
  • European Human Rights Moot Court Competition 

The School also supports our many Student Society led moot competitions meaning that students have numerous opportunities to practice their oral advocacy.

Mooting is overseen by the School’s Director of Mooting and supported by the Student Experience Manager. 

Current students can find out more about current moots and how to get involved on our intranet / KEATS Professional Law pages.

Professional education and development

About the Bar and Mooting Society

The Law School has several active student-led societies, including the Bar and Mooting Society which provides mooting and advocacy training, networking opportunities and more.