Mooting competitions provide essential experience and knowledge of a working courtroom, so why not enhance your knowledge and skills by taking part.
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 arguement.
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 2016-7 include:
- 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. 25th March 2017.
Students will also participate in those competitions in 2017/8. Register your interest in mooting by emailing the Director of Mooting (see below) directly.
Ciaran is a Senior Lecturer at Ulster University’s School of Law. His teaching, research and legal practice interests include employment law (particularly equality law), public law (especially devolution and the constitutional arrangements), and Human Rights law.Job Title Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of Mooting School/Department School of Law Campus Jordanstown campus Telephone: +44 28 9036 6396 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org