The Dickson Poon School of Law provides the opportunity for its students to get involved in mooting – a valuable way of putting into practice what you learn in your academic study.
Mooting is a tradition in which students who are not yet legally qualified compete in a mock appeal hearing.
In a moot, two pairs of ‘advocates’ argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a ‘judge’. The judge can be a lecturer or postgraduate student, but in major competitions is often a senior practising barrister or judge. One pair of advocates will argue in favour of the appeal (the appellants) and one will argue against the appeal (the respondents). In order to win you do not necessarily have to win the legal case, but you need to make the best presentation of your case to the judge.
Mooting is an important skill for aspiring lawyers, and offers a great opportunity to develop your skills of analysis, legal reasoning and public speaking – even if it is not your intention to pursue a career at the Bar. It requires commitment and determination, but can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable.
Video: Dickson Poon Undergraduate Scholar Hermia Wong
Hermia talks about her involvement in the Jessup Moot.
Our School has several mooting competitions, both internal and external, national and international, open to our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Competitions include:
- Baker & Mckenzie moot
- The Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna
- ELSA WTO moot
- Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Moot Competition
- Philip C Jessup International Law Mooting Competition
- French Law Moot at Oxford University
- Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot
- ESU Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Novice Moot
- Incorporated Council of Law Reporting-Weekly Law Reports
- Inner Temple Mooting Competition
- Oxford University Press-BPP Law School Moot
- The European Law Moot Court (ELMC) Competition
- Bar Society Internal Tournaments.