Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 3 (1.5) Darren Weir checkmark-circle

Overview

This non-contributory module provides an introduction to and practical experience of mooting and the skills required to resolve legal disputes predominantly in the context of appellate litigation. This will include an introduction to the practice of mooting and the skills required to prepare for it, and to take part in a moot either in an internal or external mooting competition using moot problems provided. The Director of Mooting operates a selection process for the teams competing in the external moots, there will be several each year.

Details

Contact hours

Total study hours: 25
Contact hours: 5
Private study hours: 20

Availability

All single and joint honours Law programmes. Not available to first year students.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

This module does not form part of the formal 240 credit diet at stages 2 & 3, therefore assessment does not formally 'count' for the degree. The module represents extra learning and an opportunity to gain transferable skills to enhance employability.

Students who attend and participate in the meetings and take part in either an internal or external competition will be deemed to have passed this module, unless the quality of an individual's preparation for and participation in a mooting competition is deemed to be below 40%. Assessment of performance will be based on the criteria used where mooting is used as a formal assessment in a credited module.

Reassessment methods

This module does not form part of the formal 240 credit diet at stages 2 & 3, therefore assessment does not formally 'count' for the degree. The module represents extra learning and an opportunity to gain transferable skills to enhance employability. As such the module does not have a reassessment method.

Indicative reading

The reading required will depend on the scenario each team works on; therefore it is not possible to provide an indicative reading list but all mooters are advised to read the 13,000 word document available on Moodle entitled 'A Brief Guide to Mooting'.

Generic mooting books include:
E Baskind Mooting the Definitive Guide (Routledge 2017)
S Cooper and S McArdle Preparing to Moot (Routledge, 2017)
K Evans Advocacy at the Bar (Blackstone Press, 1992).
I Morley The Devil's Advocate (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)
D Pope Mooting and Advocacy Skills (Sweet & Maxwell, 2011)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the general principles underlying successful advocacy;
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the preparatory work required for successful advocacy and its purpose e.g. the
production of skeleton arguments;
3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the law, practice, techniques and etiquette of advocacy;

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Identify accurately the issue(s) that require research;
2. Undertake relevant research which may or may not include research into an area of law covered by another law module;
3. Write a short and concise skeleton argument;
4. Prepare for and conduct advocacy effectively, persuasively and ethically.

Notes

  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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