About the competition
The National Speed Mooting Competition was initially founded by criminal lawyer, John Dove, in the 2012/2013 academic year. There have now been 11 annual competitions.
The National Speed Mooting Competition 2023 in partnership with BPP is open to:
– Law undergraduates and graduates;
– GDL students and graduates;
– Masters, BPTC and LPC students and graduates
– Those falling outside of the above parameters at the discretion of the organisers
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.
The moot problem will be based on a simple point of law. Submissions will be limited to 7 minutes per mooter (hence the name Speed Mooting). This will include the time for intervention. Judges are encouraged to ask only one question, unless there is a specific need for more questioning. The bundle will be sent to participants by no later than 6.00 pm on Friday 31st March 2023. By sending out the bundle the night before the competition, we are replicating the scenario in practice when a barrister or solicitor receives a later brief to appear in court the next day.
The bundle will include all case law and legislation. Pre drafted skeleton arguments will be included in the bundle. This means that the competition will not involve any drafting or legal research and mooters will be tested on their oral advocacy alone. The competition is judged by practising barristers and solicitors.