Legal Word of the Day: Mooting Competition

Photo: University of Waikato

Photo: University of Waikato

Mooting Competition — An academic exercise in which competitors — usually law students — simulate an appeal. They make legal arguments, interpret statutes and case law and address public policy issues regarding how the law should be applied.

The term comes from Anglo-Saxon and Medieval society, when local leaders gathered to discuss and debate the issues of the day.

One of the best-known and prestigious mooting competitions is the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. It draws more than 600 teams from around the world each April.

The first formal mooting competition for Ontario paralegal students takes place Nov. 23-24, at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus.

See also:

BBC Video on mooting in Britain

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