Two teams of two barristers and an optional third solicitor go head to head in addressing a legal problem. They must conduct research into a particular field, use the facts and case law to create arguments, and then present these arguments in front of a judge. These competitions test competitors’ research, speaking and writing skills, and are highly recommended for any and all law students whether they seek to work in advocacy or not.
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The General Moot contains both a Senior and Junior Division. The Junior Division is open to all students who haven’t completed Property B, and will involve a problem on an area of law that students learn early on in their degree, such as Criminal law or Contracts law. The Senior Division is more difficult, designed for students nearing the end of their degree, with a problem that can be drawn from any law subject.
The General Moot is one of our most popular competitions and for good reason – it’s a great opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, and put into practice what you learn in class.
First Year Moot
Mooting can seem like an intimidating, difficult experience, especially for students who haven’t competed in one before. That’s why we also run a First Year Moot – designed exclusively for First Year students. The moot problem will be on either Criminal Law or Tort Law – both subjects that students are taught in their first year. The First Year Moot is a great introduction to Mooting (and competitions in general), and is highly recommended for all first years, whether you’re considering a career in advocacy or not.
The FYM Workshop was presented by General Moot Senior Division winners Jeremy Brown and William Liu:
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International Humanitarian Moot
This competition is designed for students interested in International Law. This Moot is set in an International Court, often defending or prosecuting people accused of serious offences, including war crimes. While this Moot can be challenging, and requires a large amount of research into International law and precedent, it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about an area of law they may not know much about.
After a successful introduction in 2021, the Women’s Moot will run again in 2022! The Women’s Moot is a competition exclusively open to LLB, LLM and JD women and gender diverse students. It is run in collaboration with the JD Competitions and LLB Social Justice and Equity portfolios. Problem questions, while not focused on women’s issues, will be drawn from a general area of law. It is an exciting and supportive competition that promises to provide a great experience for all participants.