Mooting : The Definitive Guide book cover
1st Edition

The Definitive Guide

ISBN 9781138851177
Published July 21, 2017 by Routledge
284 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Mooting offers an excellent opportunity to develop your skills in an enjoyable, interactive and challenging way. Participation in mooting can lead to improved academic performance, enhancing your knowledge and your ability to handle complex legal materials as well as improving the power of your persuasive argument and vital skills, which will enhance your profile for prospective employers. In this book, Eric Baskind provides a seamless and comprehensive examination of the various areas involved in mooting and advocacy, combining both theoretical and practical aspects as well as the organisation of and participation in mooting competitions.

Online video footage of an actual moot brings the practical nature of mooting alive and will give you expert advice and analysis of successful mooting technique as well as tips for improvement. Each moot video is highlighted at various points of interest to provide expert commentary and analysis of the mooters’ presentation, identifying the mooters’ strengths and weaknesses and how successfully they use cases and other materials to support their argument. These sections will then be re-enacted, incorporating the suggestions for improvements to help you to see how the overall performance could have been improved.

This definitive guide will equip you with a complete grasp of mooting from the initial preparatory stages through to advocacy in the moot itself.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to mooting

2. Key aspects of the English legal system

3. Legal research and case preparation

4. The skeleton argument and good legal writing

5. The bundle

6. Lawyers’ skills: preparation, presentation and personal skills

7. Oral submissions 

8. Participating in the moot

9. Organising a moot or mooting competition

10. Sample moot problems

11. Interactive videos: analysis of a live moot

12. Useful resources

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Eric Baskind is Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool John Moores University.  He served as National Adjudicator to the English-Speaking Union–Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition in 2008–2009 and again for 2013–2015, and is now Chair of the Advisory Board to the Competition.