The Law School is home to a successful, student led, mooting society which competes in competitions in Scotland and in the rest of the UK.
Mooting is essentially a mock legal debate before a judge on a point or points of law and our undergraduate students are strongly encouraged by the School of Law to participate in competitions and mooting workshops in order to prepare them for practice. Indeed, all undergraduate law students must participate in an assessed moot in their first year of study in the Foundations of Law course.
Recently, teams from Dundee have reached the semi-final of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot and the final 16 teams in the ESU/Essex Court Moot. As well as these successes, teams have entered the NSLS Moot, the OUP/BPP National Moot and the prestigious Alexander Stone Moot.
But don’t think that you have to have mooting experience to take part: the Society organises an internal competition and provides training, feedback and support for mooters at all stages of their mooting careers!
In 2015-2016 academic year, the Society has held interactive training sessions which have received excellent feedback from our members and we have also introduced the 'President's Cup' moot in order to ensure that everyone can get as much mooting experience as possible.
Please explore the Mooting webpages and we hope that you will consider joining our Society.
You can also visit us on Facebook.
Why Moot at Dundee?
Dundee University has a history of legal scholarship dating back to 1410 and our Mooting Society has been a pillar of the School of Law since its doors opened.
The Society, which is student-run, provides introductory advocacy training workshop to all first year undergraduate students in advance of their assessed moot. In addition, the Society holds the University of Dundee Mooting Championship internal competition and enters teams into Scottish, UK-wide and international competitions.
Our students are supervised by a member of staff (himself a qualified solicitor) who oversees the Society’s endeavours.
The Society is also privileged to have the Hon. Lord Jones (Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland) as its Honorary President. Lord Jones, himself a Dundee graduate, comes to the School of Law regularly to deliver advocacy training sessions to the mooters and also to judge moots. On accepting his appointment in October 2013, Lord Jones said: “Having entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Dundee as a first year undergraduate 40 years ago this year, I am honoured to have been invited to be the Honorary President of the Mooting Society. I have been closely involved in the development of advocacy skills training in Scotland and overseas since helping to introduce the concept to the UK in the early 1990s. From that perspective, I look forward to seeing even greater success for the University's mooting society in the years to come.”
The Mooting Society also works closely with the Dundee University Bar Society and together they organise guest lectures from practising lawyers, policy makers and members of the judiciary to speak to the students. Furthermore, the University has strong links with the profession and, over the past year, the Society has welcomed Solicitors, Advocates, Sheriffs and Senators of the College of Justice to the Law School in order to judge the moots.
The Mooting Society is one of the most popular societies in the Law School and encourages all students who are interested in learning more about mooting to get in touch.
In 2013/14, the Society entered the Alexander Stone Moot, the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot, the ESU/Essex Court Moot, the NSLS Moot and the OUP/BPP National Moot.
Out of these competitions, the Dundee Society team (Samuel White and Lottie Hayley-Lee) made it to the semi-final of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot and the final 16 teams in the ESU/Essex Court Moot.
The winners of the 2013/14 LexisNexis Dundee University Moot were: Chloe Anderson and Lyndsey Franklin, both in their second year of the LLB.
Furthermore, three of our undergraduates represented Scotland in the 37th Edition of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition held at the Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands. The Dundee Team (pictured below in front of the Peace Palace) participated in the "Roundsian Rescue Dispute" together with another 27 teams from 26 countries across Europe, and were named “Outstanding Team”.
The winners of the 14/15 Mooting Championship were Conor Keir and William Imrie and the winners of the Presidents Cup were Megan Anderson and Mark Robinson.
The Mooting Society is grateful to MacRoberts for sponsoring our annual internal competition. The Society would also be interested in hearing from firms of solicitors, stables and/or chambers of the Faculty of Advocates, legal publishers or any other company or individual interested in sponsoring the soon-to-be-established second internal competition, or who would like to sponsor the Society generally.
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The Society has a stall at the Fresher’s Fair and visits first year students at the beginning of the academic year in order to encourage those interested to join.
If you wish to join the Society, or if you have any questions regarding mooting, the Society can be contacted at email@example.com - please do not hesitate to get in touch!
You can also keep up with the Society on Facebook where information about upcoming moots and other events will be posted.
Telders Moot Module
The Law School is offering a special moot module (LW40002). The aim of this module is to prepare four students to compete in the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition in The Hague. The module prepares the students to compete in Telders International by strengthening their understanding of international law, legal research, memorial writing and oral presentation.
What is Telders International?
Telders International is a prestigious competition where teams from European universities plead in a fictitious case before judges from the International Court of Justice, the most authoritative international tribunal in existence. For more information about the competition, see: teldersmoot.com
What do I have to do?
For the module, the moot team must prepare two written memorials of approximately 15,000 words in the first semester. In the second semester students will participate in national moot selections and, if successful, participate in moots in The Hague.
How will the moot module affect my schedule?
The module stretches across both semesters, but is treated as a semester 1 module. Accordingly, participating students will take the moot module and one other
module in the first semester and two modules in the second semester. The participating students will not write a level 4 dissertation, but are marked on their memorials for the competition. Though the majority of the written work will be completed in the first semester, the oral arguments will take up a considerable amount of time in the second semester. Participants should be prepared to commit this time on top of their other two modules, and be prepared to travel to the finals in The Hague.
What is the timeline?
September: Classes begin (week 1)
October: Announcement of the Telders case (work on the memorials begin)
December: Classes end
January: Submission of Memorials - followed by an assessment (oral presentation)
March: National Rounds (Scotland)
May: International Rounds (The Hague)
How do I apply?
Those interested in taking the moot module should send a motivation letter (max 500 words) to Dr Jacques Hartmann in the beginning of the first semester. The letter should explain your motivation for participating, as well as what you might bring to the team. More information about deadlines etc. will be circulated before the deadline.
On what basis are students selected?
Students will be selected based on merit and motivation. The selection will be aimed at choosing the students with the best skills and dedication to represent Dundee University at Telders International. Desired skills include: an ability to work as part of a team, motivation, legal writing and oral presentation. Knowledge of international law is not a prerequisite but a definite advantage. The module requires the team of four to work together not only on the preparation of the memorials but also on fundraising matters and travel organisation. This is not a module for those who like to work solo.
How will I be assessed?
Students participating in the moot module will not write a level 4 dissertation, but will receive a mark based on the written memorials prepared for Telders International. The assessment will include an oral presentation, which will take place in the beginning of the second semester.
Why should I apply?
Pleading before judges of the International Court of Justice is a unique opportunity - something that will make your CV shine. But even if you do not make it to the final round you will learn important skills. All participants will be taught how to write memorials and how to present legal arguments.
What do I do with the module choice form?
You should complete the module choice form without any consideration for the moot module. If you are interested in joining the team you have to submit a motivation letter, as explained above. If you are selected for the team, you will have to drop one of your first semester modules and pick two modules for the second semester. Changes to the module choice form will take place in week 2.