Maitland Chambers Mini Moot

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Are you a Year 12 student and interested in developing your advocacy skills? The Maitland Chambers Mini Moot provides a unique opportunity to introduce you to mooting. A moot is a simulation of a court hearing, in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions and present oral argument. 


Students who have already submitted an application will be contacted directly. 
Participants and Barristers from Maitland Chambers
The Maitland Chambers Mini Moot is a special event hosted by the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, in collaboration with Maitland Chambers - one of the leading sets of barristers' chambers in the UK. 
The event involves an introductory workshop, moot and feedback. law masterclass, coaching and advocacy training by graduate mentors (and Maitland Chambers’ barristers). Participating students are presented with case materials based on real trials, work as part of a team, and assume various roles involved in a criminal trial, from clerks and advocates to ushers and juniors. The event culminates with a mock trial, advocacy feedback and prizes for best performance
“The Trial” will be held at the Faculty of Law, St Cross Building in Oxford on Saturday 23rd March, from 10:30 to 16:00. The event is completely free of charge to students, and lunch will be provided at the Faculty.


Mock Trial participant questioning a witness

A vigorous questioning of a witness by an eager participant of The Mock Trial.


Am I eligible to apply?

Students applying must meet the following criteria:     

  • Attend a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college

  • Be in Year 12 or in Year 13 at the moment of application

  • Be interested in studying law or a pursue a legal career

In addition, preference will be given to students who are: 

  • The first generation in their family to attend university

  • From deprived postcodes as evidenced by POLAR, IMD or ACORN 

  • Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school

  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals

  • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits

  • Have been looked after or in care

Priority will be given to applications who meet the most criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost?
    The event is free and lunch will be provided. Please note we will be unable to cover travel costs

  • I am studying at an independent school. Why can't I apply for Pathways to Law?
    The programme is designed to offer opportunities to students from under-represented backgrounds. There has been much research published regarding widening participation which has concluded that these students are mostly found in state schools.

  • How do I apply to attend these events in Year 10 or 11?
    The application process is now open!
    To apply, please follow this applications are now closed.
    The deadline to receive your application is Wednesday 13th March 2024.


Participants and Barrister from Maitland Chamber



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