About Us.

The National Speed Mooting Competition is the largest single day mooting competition for nationwide. Read below for information about the competition and other events that we organise. 

Speed Mooting

About us

For over 11 years, we have been helping aspiring lawyers gain experience to enter the legal profession. It started with the revolutionary National Speed Mooting Competition that was initially founded by criminal barrister, John Dove, in the 2012/2013 academic year. Since then, we have expanded and now host various advocacy and mooting competitions throughout the year. Some of our competitions take place online and some in person. All competitions are judged by practitioners who normally give constructive feedback to competitors. 

The philosophy of our competitions is to create a level playing field for all competitors, regardless of experience. There is no drafting or research involved in any of our competitions. You are tested on oral advocacy alone. The speedy format of our competitions makes them fun and engaging. Keep an eye on our website for details of the next competitions. 

Participants enter as individuals rather than teams and represent themselves and not their university. There is therefore no limit on the number of students that can enter from any given institution.

Our competitions take place across the course of a single day with a knockout format. This means that the time commitment required from competitors is limited.  

Other Events

Not only do we host mooting and advocacy competitions, we also have many other events that are beneficial to law students throughout the year. 

If you are looking to practise and develop your advocacy in a low-pressure environment, we have our Advocacy Club. This meets online each month and allows anyone to have the chance to practise their advocacy. Full details can be found here. 

We regularly host Q&A sessions with panellists featuring barristers, solicitors and other lawyers from various fields of practise. These events provide a great opportunity for students to pose questions to the panellists to gain an insight on life in practice, practical tips for training contract / pupillage applications and hints on how to develops the skills required to be a great lawyer. Our previous Q&A Sessions can be watched back on our YouTube channel. 

If you would like to be notified about the latest events and competitions, join our mailing list here. 

John Dove

Founder of the National Speed Mooting Competition and criminal barrister