The Shearman & Sterling competition has become established as the most prestigious mooting competition within the University. On the basis of written outlines of argument, twelve teams of two students are selected to present oral argument in a series of “lightning” moots conducted in a single day in Hilary Term. In past years, the Grand Final moot has been judged by a member of the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal or the High Court. Numerous cash prizes are awarded, and the names of members of the winning team are inscribed on the trophy displayed in the Bodleian Law Library. In addition, the highest-placed undergraduate team is offered the option to represent Oxford in the ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition in the following year.

(l-r): George Karafotias (Shearman & Sterling LLP), Hannah Noyce (Wadham), Emily MacKenzie (Lincoln), Lord Justice Mummery, Stefanie Wilkins (University), Tessa Khan (Keble) and Professor James Edelman