What is a moot?

A moot is a competitive mock court hearing.  It is a debate about the legal merits of an appeal in a fictitious case.  Two teams of two law students (the appellants and the respondents) compete against each other in arguing points of law. Each team comprises a Senior and Junior.  The team judged to have the most persuasive legal argument, and the most impressive court manner and argument presentation, wins the moot.

Mooting can take the format of internal competitions, where individual mooters compete against one another, to be crowned “top mooter”, or in the form of external competitions, where the mooters work closely as a team, to represent their University.