Mooting and Debating

What is mooting?

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. 

It comprises two pairs of student advocates, who take on the role of barristers. They each argue a fictitious legal appeal case in front of a judge, normally a lecturer or practising lawyer. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court.

Mooting is not the same as public speaking or debating, although it shares some common elements with these activities. It is a specialised application of the art of persuasive advocacy. It has been part of the process of training lawyers for centuries and plays an important role in legal education.

Mooting is something we take very seriously at Aston, with all our undergraduate law students being encouraged to take part in internal and external mooting competitions.

Here's what our student's have to say. 

Why Moot?

There are many reasons to moot. 

Mooting helps to build confidence in public speaking, general research, and presentation skills, which are useful skills that can be transferred to most careers.

However, it also presents an opportunity to develop legal practice skills and take part in networking opportunities with legal professionals.

Mooting enables students:

  • to engage with and think deeply about interesting and topical legal issues,
  • to enhance their advocacy, legal research and writing skills,
  • to work closely with and learn from their peers
  • to demonstrate their interest in advocacy and competence as an advocate to prospective employers. 

Most students find mooting to be intellectually rewarding and highly enjoyable. It can be a potentially nerve-racking experience, but it is a lot of fun.

The legal profession is an increasingly difficult one to enter, and some application forms even demand that a candidate can provide evidence of their advocacy or mooting experience. 

Master and Mistress of the moots: 2018/19 appointments.