A moot is a mock trial in which teams of two are given a set of facts and must use their knowledge of the law to argue their client’s case. Each team will either appear for the plaintiff/appellant or the defendant/respondent. Competitors will act as junior and senior counsel. Students will be assessed on their strength of argument and ability to adhere to formalities. Mooting helps students master the skills of legal research, establishing an argument on a particular point of law, public speaking and the ability to critically evaluate issues to the relevant provisions and case law.
Students are advised to learn their arguments inside out rather than just reading off a piece of paper, because the judge will ask each student questions in relation to their submissions. Extensive preparation is essential!
DLSS moots run for roughly 30 minutes with each team having 15 minutes to present their case. Both senior and junior counsel should speak for roughly the same amount of time whilst leaving enough time for the judge to ask questions.
Formal language and courtesy must be maintained throughout the moot as general etiquette will contribute to the team’s score. Students must wear business attire.
Registration has closed for this competition.
Registration Closes: 15th March
Heats Week: 21st- 22nd March
Semi-Finals: Week of 27th March
Finals: Week of 3rd April