Law Moot, Moot Court and Mock Trial
What is mooting?
Mooting is basically the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is the closest experience that you can have as a student can have to appearing in court.
What is the difference between a Moot Court and a Mock Trial?
Contrary to popular misconception, the modern moot court differs from a mock trial. Moot court usually refers to a simulated appellate court or arbitral case, while a mock trial usually refers to a simulated jury trial or bench trial. Moot court does not involve actual testimony by witnesses, cross-examination, or the presentation of evidence, but is focused solely on the application of the law to a common set of evidentiary assumptions to which the competitors must be introduced. In most countries, the phrase “a moot court” may be shortened to simply “a moot” and the activity may be called “mooting”.
Why should you get involved in mooting?
Although the moot court is not a real court it reflects a real court room environment requiring the participants to wear uniforms and observe the court room decorum throughout the proceedings and therefore gives you the ultimate insight into the life of a lawyer.
With the opportunity to present your case in front of judge moot courts builds your confidence, which is an essential feature of a successful lawyer. Moot courts provide you with a platform to practice arguments & develop your legal skills such as research and presentation abilities. The moot will test not only your ability to present the argument, but also your response to questions and flexibility when interrupted by the judge.
Mooting forms a compulsory part of certain law courses all around the world. Whether or not mooting is compulsory at your law school, gaining mooting experience can have a positive impact on your future career. Participating in Moot Court competitions will give you an edge in in your professional life. This experience will act as evidence to your employers that you are capable of working and presenting under pressure.