What exactly is 'mooting'? A simple question, but it is surprising how many in the legal world, as well as outside it, have no idea what a mooting competition is. In a moot, two pairs of advocates argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a judge. To win, you do not necessarily have to win the legal case, but must make the best presentation of your legal arguments.

Mooting is a useful supplement to a law degree, and many universities and colleges make it a compulsory part of law courses, but it is also possible, and very beneficial, for non-lawyers to moot. Very little knowledge of law is required, but it is useful to know the legal principles which apply to UK appeal cases (the use of precedents etc.).

There are two reasonably good introductory books on the topic of mooting in the QUB law library. They are:

1. The Cavendish Guide to Mooting by John Snape and Gary Watt, 1997 ISBN 1 85941 318 8
2. Blackstone's Book of Moots by Tim Kaye and Lynne Townley, 1996 ISBN 1 85431 516 1

Unfortunately there is only one copy of the first book and it is currently out of print.

The four moots for this term have been chosen. You can download Word document copies of them here:

Moot A
Moot B
Moot C
Moot D

As stated at the first meeting, we will operate each moot with teams consisting of two advocates. Once you have chosen your mooting partner, read each moot and decide which moot(s) you are interested in. Send an e-mail to including your team's names and chosen moot(s). Enjoy!

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