The 2019 – 2020 OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition is now underway, with students from across the country showcasing their advocacy skills over five rounds of fiercely fought moots. The final will be held in June 2020 within the Inns of Court.
One of the 2019 winners, UCL’s Shemuel Sheikh, had this to say of their marshalling experience at the Old Bailey:
Marshalling HHJ Leonard at the Old Bailey gave us a rare insight into the other side of the bench. Not only were we able to witness some of the most renowned silks at the Bar, but we were actively involved in discussion with the judge in assessing the most successful qualities and strategies that might be adopted by advocates from his perspective, an invaluable exercise in itself. The learned judge was also kind enough to give us a tour of the Old Bailey and its history. The whole day was a fascinating experience and an excellent prize for winning the OUP-ICCA mooting competition.
To read more about the final and for further details on next year’s competition, visit the OUP website by clicking here.
Mooting can enhance students’ understanding of the law, as well as analytical and advocacy skills. Although it can be nerve-wracking, mooting is intellectually rewarding and can be used to demonstrate a keen interest in advocacy on a CV. Experienced criminal barrister, Nathan Rasiah, and the 2017 OUP National Mooting Competition winner, Conor Lockhart, explain the importance of getting involved in mooting.
Lady Justice Hallett and Conor Lockhart have kindly put together some tips for those of you currently taking part in the competition:
Further details on the competition can be found on the OUP website by clicking here; this includes details on the competition progress, the moot problem and details for exchanging as well as essential resources for mooters and the mooting problem archive.
If you have any questions about the OUP & ICCA National Mooting Competition please email: firstname.lastname@example.org