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Mooting at Queen Mary University of London

Mooting is a long established tradition at Queen Mary. Our students are very successful in external moots. Most recently, we won the 48th Essex Court Chambers-English Speaking Union National Mooting Competition 2019-2020. We also host our own competition, the George Hinde Moot, which has run for over 40 years.

What is mooting?

Mooting is the verbal presentation of a legal issue or problem. It's an exercise designed to give students the closest experience to appearing in court.

What kind of events do you run?

The main event overseen by the Mooting Society is the internal George Hinde Moot. This is open to students from all years of the law school from complete beginners trying out their legal advocacy skills for the first time, to more experienced students. The competition is comprised of six rounds with all students progressing to the second. Alongside the actual moots, students are invited to take part in workshops and receive feedback on their performances.

The society now offers informal mooting opportunities that run parallel to the George Hinde Mooting competition. These are discrete moots that allow students to gain some experience and practice in mooting away from the pressures of competition. We also offer a more diverse range of topics in these moots to help stretch student's perspectives on contentious issues in different areas of law.

Do you have any professional contacts/networks?

Many experienced lawyers are involved with mooting as part of their pro bono work. Contacts involve academics who judge earlier rounds, barristers who participate in workshops and judges such as Sir Stanley Burnton, Lord Hoffman and Lord Leveson.

Have you won any awards?

In 2021 we won the 48th Essex Court Chambers-English Speaking Union National Mooting Competition for the fifth time, beating the University of Kent in the semi-final and the University of Hull in the final. The finalists will go on to represent Queen Mary in the Commonwealth Mooting Competition. We were also finalists for the 2019 Landmark Chambers Mooting competition judged by Lord Neuberger. 

How can I get involved in mooting?

Find out more about getting involved in mooting during Welcome Week.

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