For the first time, the University of Auckland will have a mooting society. This society, which run by students for students, will primarily serve as a means to promote and facilitate mooting at the university. To the best of our knowledge, no other university in New Zealand has a mooting society or will run mooting in the way it will be done at Auckland. The society will seek to provide students with more opportunities to moot and to improve the general skill of our mooters. Having been victorious in both the junior, senior and Maori National Moots of 2013, Auckland is bound to become a force to be reckoned with.
What is Mooting?
Participants, or "mooters", take part in simulated court proceedings, which usually involves the submission of written briefs and presenting oral arguments. The problems that participants are asked to write on explore complex legal issues, usually at an appellate level. Mooting is an invaluable skill that aids your legal research, presentation and communication abilities. It gives you an opportunity to truly engage and interact with the law. There are compulsory moots at law school, but doing extracurricular moots is a great way to learn more about the law and impress future employers.
There is no better way to learn the law. Mooting forces you to prepare for that inevitable competition of matching wits with your Judge. Mooting is not about giving a speech, or debating, you're having a conversation with the Judge. You advocate a case on behalf of your client and must persuade the Judge that your submissions are correct and that those of your opponent are not. Mooting is hard work, but it is also great fun and a critical skill to possess.
The society will start to operate fully in 2014. Keep an eye out for news and information, we look forward to having you with us!