A moot is a mock trial of a legal issue. Mooting provides students with the opportunity to argue a fictional case as if representing a client. With our very own Moot Court, the School of Law takes part in national and international competitions, allowing students to meet members of the judiciary as well as giving students the chance to win mini-pupillages.
Why take part in Mooting?
“I have overseen Mooting in the School of Law for a number of years, and I see first hand how much students progress and develop by engaging in some form of Mooting during their academic studies. Mooting is one the best ways a student can develop both the skills required for academic study and the skills required for future employment at the same time, and I would hugely encourage and support any student to get involved.”
“Competing in my first external moot was an extremely useful experience from which I definitely learnt a lot! It’s great that the University can offer these sorts of opportunities to students and I’m elated to have been given the chance to take part.
Participation in competitions like this would be essential for anybody looking to pursue a career at the Bar… I am excited to take mooting further and interested to see which areas of the Law I will delve into.”
Develop Transferable Skills
Mooting is a key legal skill, but one that’s transferable to many other professions outside of the traditional legal career path. Mooting allows you to develop skills and confidence in:
- Presenting a legal argument in a court setting
- Advocacy and public speaking
- Assimilating facts into succinct points and arguments
- Putting legal issues into context
- Legal writing and legal research
- Critical analysis
Skills gained through mooting can help to improve overall understanding and knowledge of certain areas of law useful for your academic study.
You can build up your mooting skills by taking part in various activities from the internal ‘give it a go’ sessions to international mooting competitions.
More formally, final year law students are offered an optional, advanced module ‘Special Project: International Mooting’, aimed at those who wish to develop their advocacy skills, particularly in an international law setting.
The School of Law has enjoyed various International Mooting successes. Read more here.
The School organises a range of events throughout the year, including: talks by external visitors, including practising barristers and judges ‘give it a go’ sessions and mooting for beginners plea in mitigation and bail application competitions We send out notifications for all events at the School so keep a look out in emails and newsletters.
How can I get involved?
Mooting is open to all University of Sheffield UG and PG students. Competitions are run through external student societies linked to the School, the Edward Bramley Law Society and the Bar Society. To participate you must be a member of one of these societies.
Both societies run internal mooting competitions (with a prize of a mini-pupillage) and mooting skills seminars, as well as participating in external mooting competitions.
There are Mooting sessions as part of our Employability and Skills Initiative, usually during Semester 1. Check our E&SI event listings to see what sessions are coming up.