External Mooting

  • Last updated 21-Jul-2016 15:38:13
  • By Sofia Gymer, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

If you just can’t get enough of mooting, keep an eye out because it’s very likely that your university will be entering teams into external moots. This gives you a chance to flex your muscles and get super competitive with the best students across the country.

External moots look exceedingly impressive on the CV and could help you get a training contract. It shows tenacity and fight, as well as skill, particularly if you progress through a couple of rounds. Or win.

How do I get involved in external mooting?

In order to qualify representing the university on an external moot, you’ll have to have done some internal mooting first. The law school will want its best mooters, or at least more experienced mooters, to represent it.

- Take it upon yourself to approach the lecturer organising external moots
- If there is condition for entry, like taking part in an internal competition, make sure you take part!
- If no ones organising anything, find out how to from your head of school, then go about it yourself

If you’re going to put yourself forward to represent the university, it’s best to establish your proficiency first. If you are unskilled, or unpractised, you’re unlikely to get that much support.

External mooting organisations

Here are a couple of moots that would be worth checking out:

ESU-Essex Court Chambers Moot

ICLR Annual Mooting Competition

OUP and BPP National Mooting Competition

UK Law Students Association Moot

UniLawStudents

What are the benefits of external mooting

The benefit of taking part in an external moot is that it sets you apart from other applicants when you are applying for training contracts or vacation schemes. It demonstrates a certain, high, level of skill. These competitions are exclusive as they have only a limited number of places.

Taking part in a competition will take a lot of your time, so that’s something to consider. However, if you feel like you are able to take on that extra work, get involved.

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