Moots have a history of more than a century in Oxford, and are now an increasingly important part of the law programme.
A moot is the hearing of an appeal in a hypothetical lawsuit before an expert judge or judges, with students representing each side in the dispute. It is an exciting challenge that complements the tutorial system. With many mooting competitions in various fields, we believe the Oxford mooting programme is the largest and most diverse in Britain. It is enjoyed and prized by students.
Subject-specific moots include the Oxford French Law Moot (argued in French), the Price International Media Law Moot and the International Intellectual Property Law Moot. Moots in Oxford are often judged by senior appellate judges, including judges from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Students come from across the globe to participate each year in the Oxford moots.
Apart from the importance of mooting as part of the Oxford law degree and its popularity, Oxford has also had great success in competitive mooting. For example, Oxford has won the UK rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on several occasions in recent years, and has often progressed deep into the international rounds of this competition, which are held in Washington DC.
The continued development of mooting is an essential part of the Faculty’s blueprint for the future of law at Oxford. Every student will have the opportunity to be involved in a moot, at the College, University, national or international level.