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Mooting 101. (insert something witty here). LSS Mooting Competition. Receive problem 24 hours before Random area of law Usually the problem is split into two parts Expected to prepare a written summary of arguments Two 10 minute oral presentations. When you get the problem.

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mooting 101

Mooting 101

(insert something witty here)

lss mooting competition
LSS Mooting Competition
  • Receive problem 24 hours before
  • Random area of law
  • Usually the problem is split into two parts
  • Expected to prepare a written summary of arguments
  • Two 10 minute oral presentations
when you get the problem
When you get the problem
  • Read through the problem carefully
  • Work out the area of law
    • It is often an area you haven’t studied
    • Brain storm ideas/deconstruct the problem
  • Go to the library and find text books
    • Don’t worry about cases yet
  • Break the problem into areas that each of you will study. You will almost never study/know the whole problem.
  • Spend a while familiarising yourself with the law
    • This can take a really long time, but that is ok
  • Once you are familiar with the law, go back to the problem
    • Apply what you have learnt, see if there is anything that still doesn’t make sense
  • Start researching specific aspects of the problem, looking for cases and clear law
    • Use the library databases
  • Here you are constructing both your arguments, and the written submission
the submission
The submission
  • Judge won’t have spent much time reading the law, the problem, or your submission
  • Submission should be a simple, clear and logical guide to what you are going to say
  • No more than 2 pages (excl. cover page and list of authorities)
formatting the submission
Formatting the Submission
    • I know, sounds super geeky, but it’s true
  • A cleanly formatted document makes your submission look professional, and makes you look like you know what you’re talking about
  • Look for examples online, provided by the LSS, from cases, wherever you think you will find a good submission, and copy them
court etiquette
Court Etiquette
  • Sounds naff, but etiquette is important.
  • Centres on being professional, with a couple of small idiosyncrasies.
  • Address the judge as ‘Your Honour’.
  • Stand when the judge walks in the room.
  • Sit once the judge has sat.
  • It is highly unlikely, but if the judge bows, then bow back (this would be super weird in a LSS moot, but might happen in other mooting competitions).
  • Print a copy of your submissions, and the facts, and present that copy to the judge before the oral submissions
  • See the guidebook page on etiquette.
  • It is better to be more formal/professional, than less.
random thoughts
Random Thoughts
  • Take it seriously
    • Be respectful, think of it as a real court and a real case
  • Remember, the judge works full time — they are giving up their time for this, so don’t half-arse it or they will be pissed
  • Mooting is actually fun
    • Scary as hell, always nerve wracking, occasionally unfair, but fun, so enjoy the comp.