Life at Laws
Studying law will probably be different from how you imagined it. We tend to think of lawyers as public speakers in packed courtrooms, cleverly questioning witnesses, giving heart rending pleas of mitigation and the like.
However, the average law student will spend most of their time reading in the library, attending lectures and tutorials, and writing essays. At UCL Laws, we place a great deal of emphasis on mooting, giving our students the opportunity to combine their academic studies with what it is like to be a real lawyer.
What is Mooting?
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 useful for developing the legal skills of analysis and interpretation, but also personal skills of argument and public speaking. These are vital skills for any students looking for a career in Law and it is certainly a skill that employers will be looking for.
Mooting at UCL Laws
Moots are organised by the UCL Law Society’s Mooting Officers. Each year, the UCL Law Society runs a schedule of training for freshers, as well as moot competitions for all year groups. Students can compete in internal competitions, as well as moots against students from other universities. A high court judge or prominent lawyer always judges internal UCL Moot Competition Finals.
To get the most out of mooting, a lot of work is required to argue cases successfully, but as many experienced mooters will tell you, it’s well worth it!