Mooting encompasses all forms of legal advocacy and mock trials. Whether in the form of a fiction legal appeal in the higher courts, or a cross examination of witnesses in criminal trials, Mooting allows students to work on their legal research and presentation skills in a challenging but highly rewarding environment. Mooting participants can play the role of advocate or researcher in our advocacy activities, to play to an individual’s strengths or to learn and improve new skills. We offer both competitive and non-competitive mooting opportunities, and no previous advocacy experience is required to get involved; Mooting is the perfect training ground for any aspiring barrister, solicitor-advocate or keen professional speaker.
Stone Shield Mooting Competition
Now in its third year, the Stone Shield Mooting Competition (SSMC) is the biggest advocacy competition held at the University of Lincoln, exclusively for Law Society members. Named after Professor Richard Stone, the SSMC pits teams of two students against each other across three rounds to compete to have their names engraved upon the coveted Stone Shield on display within the Law School, to leave their mark on the history of mooting at Lincoln. In the competitions inagural year, our finalists had the honor of presenting their legal arguments in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to Baroness Hale of Richmond.
In collaboration with the Lincoln Law School, we enter national mooting competitions every year. These competitions are for teams of two advocates (Senior Counsel & Junior Counsel) who represent a fictional party in a contentious legal dispute being heard in an appeal court. Taking part in a national advocacy competition is a brilliant way to kick-start a career in public speaking and the tough competitors will test the limits of a student’s intellectual ability.
*National Competitions take place in term one of the academic year. Entry to National Competitions is open to all Law Students at Lincoln.
For those members interested in learning the skills of advocacy, or developing mooting skills in a less competitive environment, keep an eye out for assessment workshops, exciting mooting games and other opportunities throughout the year. For first and second year students, these workshops are essential to support your assessed moots in the Legal Systems & Skills and Criminal Law modules.