Law students ‘moot’ to victory

Friday, 20 February 2015

OBU mooting team

Two Oxford Brookes students studying Graduate Diploma in Law have won a national mooting competition.

Jonathan Goddard and Brendan Brett took part in the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition at Inner Temple in London on Sunday 18 January. Thirty-two teams from universities and law schools across the UK entered the competition.

A moot is a simulated appeal case set in the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court. The students taking part have to work through the fictional legal problem as though they were in a real court against opposition. The team which makes the best case or argument wins the competition.

Jonathan and Brendan performed outstandingly throughout the five rounds of the competition, and defeated University College, London in the final to win the King of Bhutan Cup.

This is the second time in three years that Oxford Brookes University has won this prestigious national mooting competition and Jonathan and Brendan will now represent Inner Temple in the ‘Magna Carta Moot’ in October 2015, in which they will take on the winners of the ESU Essex Court National Mooting Competition.

The undergraduate mooting team, Bryony Smith and Emily Waters, who recently defeated Brunel University in the first round of the OUP/BPP National Mooting Competition, also competed in the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition.

Mooting is the traditional method through which law students are introduced to practical experience of courtroom advocacy. All students on academic law programmes in the School of Law have the opportunity to participate in internal mooting competitions, with the winners representing Brookes in national mooting competitions. In recent years Brookes students have had considerable success in national mooting competitions.

More information about the School of Law can be found on the Oxford Brookes website