In week seven of Trinity Term each year, the St Cross Building is busy with first year students presenting submissions in more than 60 moot courts, as part of the Law Faculty’s Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme. The mooting programme became compulsory for all law first year students in 2010, requiring them to learn how to research for a moot, prepare skeleton arguments and appearing in the moot court to argue their case.

Thanks to the efforts of Sandra Meredith in running the mooting project, with Jamie Edelman as the Faculty Mooting Co-ordinator, the University awarded the Faculty an Oxford Teaching Excellence Award in October 2010, for the way in which mooting has been developed and delivered as a new compulsory part of the law degree at Oxford.

The mooting programme is a team effort: Kate Jackson, the Bodleian Law Library’s Legal Research Librarian, leads the ‘Research for Mooting’ workshops, the annually appointed Graduate Mooting Officer organises the courts, and several research students act as judges