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. Birmingham Law School organises a range of mooting opportunities and all students have the opportunity to participate.
In our moots an academic tutor or visiting practitioner acts as judge, making a decision both on law and on the advocacy skills of the competitors. Although mooting does offer valuable experience for those who are considering a career as a barrister or solicitor, it is also useful in encouraging students to think deeply about the legal topic in hand, which is of tremendous benefit to their subsequent studies.
Students receive full support for mooting from members of the Academic Staff and the relevant student members of the Mooting Committee, and a workshop is run each year to introduce students to mooting.
Birmingham Law School operates the three mooting Competitions: First Year Competition judged by Birmingham alumni.; the Camm Cup for second and final year students and the Postgraduate Competition, both sponsored by No. 5 Chambers.
Each year many teams of students from across all years at Birmingham participate, and the finals of each of the competitions are judged by eminent members of the legal profession. In recent years, we have welcomed members of the House of Lords, Lord Justices of Appeal and leading barristers as our judges.
Birmingham Students regularly represent the University at regional and national competitions, with some notable success. In recent years, we have entered the Oxford University Press, Weekly Law Reports, Inner Temple and the Midlands Mooting Competitions.
If you have any questions about mooting, please contact Theresa Lynch (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/law/staff/profile.aspx?ReferenceId=21477) (Mooting Co-ordinator) or Rachel Pavey (Mistress of the Moots) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also feel free to join the official Mooting Facebook group for useful information, advice and updates. https://www.facebook.com/groups/311831482242520/