Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

New Moot Court for Law Students

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

This Semester sees the opening of the Law School's new moot court. An in-house mock courtroom, it provides the School with a place for students to develop their advocacy skills, particularly beneficial for those seeking a career in the legal profession. The moot court has been made possible thanks to the support of the Ministry of Justice, which donated the court furniture. A Royal Crest, present in all courtrooms in England and Wales, has also been gifted to the Court by an alumnus Luke Campbell, now working at the Law Commission. Already the Court has attracted attention from law professionals, with Circuit Judge Her Honour Anuja Dhir QC visiting earlier this month to judge an internal mooting competition. Judge Dhir is pictured above, centre, with the winning students. The official opening ceremony of the Court will take place on 13 December and will be attended by His Honour Judge Gordon Risius, Recorder of Oxford. Earlier this year, two students representing Brookes celebrated success at the Commonwealth Mooting Competition. Having won the UK qualifying contest, the pair beat off competition from some of the best student mooting teams in the world to take the title. Also this year, another team from Brookes won the Inner Temple Inter Varsity Moot, beating 32 mooting teams from across the UK and Ireland. The hopes for the new court are that it will help build on these successes such and improve the student experience. Professor Meryll Dean, Head of the School of Law , said: 'This is a significant addition to the student experience in the School of Law. It provides a realistic and professional context within which students can develop their advocacy skills in front of legal professionals.' The Court is located on the first floor of Headington Hill Hall and now serves as a permanent feature of the School of Law.