Mooting

The University of Exeter boasts an excellent, and growing, mooting programme, which provides undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of competitions.

Mooting is a vital part of every law student’s education. Whether you intend to practice as a solicitor or a barrister, the advocacy skills that a moot teaches are invaluable.

Please contact the Director of Mooting, Dr Matthew Cole, with any queries about the mooting programme.

What is a moot?

A moot competition is a simulated legal argument before an appellate court. Mooters must research the law relevant to the problem, prepare written submissions and present their argument orally to the moot judge. Moot problems may be about any area of law, but often focus on issues that are contentious or on developing areas of law. To win, you do not necessarily have to win the legal case, but must make the best presentation of your legal arguments.

Why moot?

The benefits of mooting are manifold. Mooting affords participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of the law and improve their skills in legal research and analysis. Mooters learn to develop and defend legal arguments and to work closely with their teammates towards a common goal, in a way that serves to increase confidence and improve public speaking skills. Mooting allows for interaction between students and members of academic staff, practitioners and judges, in a rewarding environment.

Research and resources

Mooters have a dedicated minilibrary hosted at the Law School at their exclusive disposal. This contains books on mooting and public speaking, as well as specialised monographs on the topics relevant to the ongoing mooting competitions. We also have dedicated staff at the library devoted to helping our mooters with their research.

We recommend that mooters use guidance on Law reports available on the library website and arrange sessions with the Lexis/JustCite representatives as necessary. Mooting teams may borrow law reports or other reference material from the Law Library provided they make prior arrangements. Lists of materials should be submitted to the enquiry desk in Information Central (level -1) the day before so that the books can be processed by the library.

The Law School includes the ‘Amory Law Wing’, a purpose built technology-rich learning space which provides a highly professional environment for students. The facilities include a custom-built Moot Court for simulated legal hearings and four large executive boardrooms designed to support group learning. The Moot Court and boardrooms are equipped with the latest technology, including high-spec video conferencing.

Facilities

The custom-built Moot Court offers students invaluable opportunities to take part in mooting activities.

We host mooting competitions and help students to prepare for national mooting contests.

The Moot Court is equipped with the latest technology, including high-spec video conferencing.

Competitions

Devon Chambers Mooting Competition (Internal University of Exeter Competition)

The Devon Chambers Mooting Competition has run for a number of years, with increasing numbers of participants in recent years. All year levels are encouraged to take part, and novice mooters are often very successful in the competition. The competition begins early in the academic year, and consists of 5 rounds, with the grand final held in the Exeter Guildhall. 

Intervarsity

  • Novice moot against Plymouth University
  • Intervarsity moot against Oxford University

National and international competitions

The University of Exeter competes in a number of national and international competitions. These competitions provide an excellent opportunity for keen students to develop their mooting skills to a high level, and moot against some extremely able young advocates nationally and internationally. Team selection is competitive, and a place on an external moot team is highly prized. Exeter has an excellent record of success in these competitions, such as reaching the semi-final in the OUP/BPP Moot Competition 2012-13.
The Law School provides extensive support to these teams in the form of coaching, including the provision of multiple practice moots before the competitions. Academic staff members, as well as local and London-based barristers and solicitors help teams improve their ability to construct legal argument and develop their advocacy skills through various workshops, and practice moots.

National

Please click here to read a report of the Commercial and Maritime Law competition.

International

Click here to read a report of the Jean-Pictet Competition

Annual mooting schedule

The exact dates vary each year, but generally the following events are carried out in the timeframe below:
 
Introduction to Mooting Day
Late September
 
Major trials day [around Week 2/3]
This is the main period for selecting teams to participate in the international competitions (and regular national competitions) that we are seeking to enter in that particular year
 
Miscellaneous trials
Trials for additional competitions that open later in the year will be run on an ad hoc basis
 
Early preparation trials
Where a particularly challenging moot competition is going to be entered it may be necessary on occasion to begin recruiting the moot team at the start of summer to give them time to bond and work over the summer. As a consequence some trials will take place before summer.

Taking part in moots with the Law School and Bracton Law Society are vital for improving career prospects in the legal world, and you have excellent opportunities to take part in these moots at all levels – from beginners tournaments to international mooting competitions. I hope that the dual qualification and participation in relevant extracurricular activities will make me stand out from other candidates in job interviews.

Peter Richards, LLB Law (European)