Mooting competitions provide essential experience and knowledge of a working courtroom, so why not enhance your knowledge and skills by taking part.
Ulster University Law School Mooting Competition
Ulster University law students present to five UK Supreme Court justices.
What is mooting?
A moot is an argument on points of law which aims to simulate, as far as possible, an authentic court hearing before a judge.
You will play the role of counsel and present your arguments in front of a judge whilst competing against another team. A successful mooter in one who manages to persuade the judge of the superiority of his or her legal arguments.
You will have to analyse a problem, research the law surrounding it, prepare written submissions and present an oral argument.
Most problems surround an area of law that is unsettled or subject to recent developments.
Law students are encouraged to participate in internal and external mooting competitions. Staff will help and guide you through the information and preparation.
Mooting is also incorporated in several modules throughout the undergraduate degree.
Mooting enables you to:
- Develop your understanding of the law
- Engage with legal topics by researching and preparing legal arguments
- Work closely with your teammates
- Travel and meet students from other Universities in Northern Ireland, the Republic and the rest of the UK
These are intense and demanding events but highly rewarding, giving students a real insight into styles of legal argument that help them to appreciate the role of law in society, including its limitations and deficiencies.
We currently have a mock courtroom in room 12L04 of our Jordanstown campus.
However plans are underway to create a state-of-the-art mock courtroom at the Belfast City campus, which will be available for students to use from 2020.
Competitions in which Ulster University Law students took part in 2016-17, 17-18 included:
- ESU-Essex Chamber Moot Court Competition
- The National Moot Court, hosted by Dublin City University, at Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.
- Aoife King Memorial Moot Court Competition, Dublin City University, Dublin.
Ulster University at the Supreme Court
In February 2018, Ulster University mooted for the first time in the Supreme Court in Parliament Square, before Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore. Jordan Thorburn, Andrew McFadden, and Danielle Gallagher acted for the Appellants, while Eimear Fanthorpe, Belinda Widocka and Ben Lowry appeared for the Respondents, with the Appellants' team being judged the winners by Lord Kerr and his Judicial Assistant.
The students were given a tour of the Supreme Court building, which also houses the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, as part of the experience.