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 am a University teacher and also a criminal advocate, working for a local legal aid firm in Sheffield . I have been involved in Mooting in the School of Law for many years and am now the Mooting lead. Mooting is an excellent way to develop the skills required for academic study. Mooting also helps you gain the skills required for your future career, either as a lawyer or as something totally different. I always encourage and support students to get involved in Mooting early on (yes first years – give it a go!) so they have the opportunity to enter lots of competitions during their time at university. Don’t leave it until you are in the third year 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: a novice moot early on in semester 1 and plea in mitigation and bail application competitions early on in semester 2. Please see the Mooting timetable for details of all competitions. If you are interested in entering competitions please diarise the closing dates for applications.
The School also organises visiting speakers and training events. 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 society, the Edward Bramley Law Society, which is linked to the School. To participate you must be a member of the society.
The Edward Bramley Law Society runs 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. Check our E&SI event listings to see what sessions are coming up.