Coventry Law School is very proud to have it's very own mock courtroom located centrally on campus, where our students can practice their legal skills in a realistic environment.
Law students can have their teaching sessions in the Moot Room, as well as the opportunity to get involved with our annual Mooting complete complete with gowns and wigs.
What is mooting?
A moot provides the setting of a court, where students act in the role of barristers, based on a legal scenario that they are given in advance. The mooters act in pairs, two for the appellants, and two for the respondents. The moot takes place in the 'Court of Appeal', with between one and three judges presiding and asking questions: in order to effectively answer a judge's question, students need to be able to think on their feet and to know and understand their arguments and authorities inside out.
Court etiquette and dressing appropriately is as important in a moot as it would be in a real life court. Mooters wear full-length gowns and there is a public gallery, to make the moot as realistic as possible.
We host an annual Mooting competition for our law students to get involved with to develop their advocacy skills in a mock appeal.
Mooting, in many respects is voluntary, therefore counting as an extra-curricular activity, something that prospective employers look out for. It shows a commitment to your studies and an ability to use your legal knowledge and refine your research and advocacy skills in a practical situation.
For those who wish to go on to take the LPC or BPTC, mooting is a compulsory part of your course, therefore giving you an advantage over your peers as you have prior experience of mooting and the elements
involved with it.
Mooting can also open up other doors for the more dedicated and hard-working students, as you can meet outside judges in later rounds, enabling you to build up a list of contacts. It also provides a chance to become Mistress or Master of the moot, which provides further evidence of employability skills on your CV; for example, an ability to organise yourself and others, mentoring, leadership and communication skills.