Moot Court Module 2018-19

Mooting at the School of Law

Mooting is a great way to build valuable research skills, develop oral advocacy skills and gain a valuable insight into the law in practice. The School of Law strongly encourages students to engage in mooting opportunities at least once during their law degrees.

What is it?

Mooting involves the preparation of written legal submissions and the delivery of oral argument in a mock hearing based on a set of hypothetical facts. The moot is set around an appeal case so there is no hearing of witnesses or expert evidence. Participants, usually working in a team of two, deliver their oral argument, respond to questions from the bench, and respond to the arguments of the opposing counsel. The sitting judge then adjudicates on the basis of the oral and written submissions. 

Why do it?

  • Build research, writing and oral advocacy skills
  • Experience what it is like to participate in a legal case
  • Work as a team and make valuable contacts
  • Enhance your CV and employment opportunities
  • Build confidence
  • Develop public speaking and presentation skills

Also did you know if you participate in an external moot there is an option of submitting the written submissions in fulfilment of the legal essay requirement? See the section below for details.

Mooting Opportunities in NUI Galway

Dr Conor Hanly, Lecturer at the School of Law, NUI Galway, discusses the opportunities available for mooting at the School of Law, NUI Galway.

Mooting Opportunities

Justice Week University Debate – Applications Open!

The Bar of Ireland has organised an exciting debating competition where a team of two students (each student from a different Irish University) will compete for a team prize of €1000. It is a fantastic opportunity to represent the School of Law, meet students from other Irish Universities, and display your debating and advocacy skills. The debate will take place in Dublin on February 26th, 2020 and all costs will be covered. Interested students should apply by filling out the brief application form attached here -Justice Week Application Form 2020 -  and submit it to Ursula.connolly@nuigalway.ie before or by 5pm on Wednesday 29th January. Further details can be found here - University Debate -  and by contacting Ursula.connolly@nuigalway.ie

Moot Court Module

LW437 Moot Court Module (2nd and Final BCL, Final BCorp, 2nd and Final LLB)

Mooting 2019

The Law School offers students the option of taking a Moot Court module (LW437, 5 ECTS) where students spend a semester developing research, writing and presentation skills. Students then prepare legal submissions and engage in a moot court based on a hypothetical legal problem using the skills learned. We are extremely fortunate to have the cooperation of the Galway Court Service in the delivery of the module; the moot is held at the Galway City Courthouse, judged by barristers, solicitors and members of the judiciary.

Eligible students: Second and final year Bachelor of Civil Law, final year Bachelor of Corporate Law, second and final year LLB. Class size is limited to 16 and entry is on a competitive basis. Applicants must have a 2.1 average at least in their law modules to date.

Delivery: The classes are delivered in semester one with assessment taking place in January of the second semester.

Applications and queries: Anyone interested should:

  1. Attend the information session on Thursday 12th September 2019 from 2-4pm in MY126.
  2. Apply by Tuesday 17th September 2019 by emailing the completed application to Ursula.Connolly@nuigalway.ie using the application form found here: Moot Court Application 2019/20
  3. Students who are accepted onto the programme are registered centrally by the School of Law (it is not possible for students to register themselves for the module).
    Queries should be directed to Ursula Connolly (ursula.connolly@nuigalway.ie)

Moot Court Module 2018/19 Moot

The School of Law internal Moot Court Competition took place in the Galway Courthouse on Saturday 2nd February 2019 presided over by his Honour Judge Francis Comerford, judge of the Circuit Court. The competition which is run annually culminates in the award of the Ross O’Driscoll Cup, named after the late Ross O’Driscoll, a School of Law graduate and barrister. Fifteen teams from across all law programmes demonstrated excellent oral advocacy and rebuttal skills in presenting their arguments on a hypothetical workplace bullying action. Commending the teams for their professionalism and energetic arguments Judge Comerford ultimately declared the team of Kelly Dalton and Mary O’Rourke to be the overall winners. In a close second came the team of Aoife Cannon and Peo Mosepele. Congratulations to both these teams!

Judge Comerford gave special mention to three other mooters. These were: Hannah Finn, for her ability to engage with questions from the bench, and the team of Massimo Austin and Bernard Cosgrove for their skill in rebutting the arguments of the opposing team. Well done!

The module could not be run without the time and energy of the School of Law community who in a spirit of healthy (ahem!) competition act as mentors for the teams. The School would like to thank lecturers Conor Hanly, Padraic Kenna, Rónán Kennedy, Rosemary Keogan, Nicola Murphy, Tom O’Malley, Shivaun Quinlivan, Ioanna Tourkochoriti and PhD students Stefano Angeleri,  Jurgita Bukauskaite  and  Sahara Nankan for their generous contribution as mentors.

Particular thanks is extended to his Honour Judge Comerford and to Ray Fitzgerald of the Galway Courthouse for their contribution to and facilitation of the moot.

The competition is also the culmination of the Moot Court module, students interested in the module should contact Ursula Connolly (ursula.connolly@nuigalway.ie)

Mooting at NUI Galway

Highlights from the Moot Court Competition in January 2018. Video by Bula Bosca Films.

Other Mooting Opportunities

LW5202 International and Comparative Business Law Moot (LLM)

Students on our International and Comparative Business Law Master’s programme have the option of engaging in a moot court involving a novel issue of international business law. Students who wish to take the module can do so by registering early in the semester.

2018/19's moot involved issues of copyright, and international contract law, and took place in the Galway Courthouse before Colleen Brownlee BL who adjudicated the preliminary rounds and before Mr Justice Twomey, judge of the High Court, who adjudicated on the final.

Pictured below are the students who participated in the moot, with Mr Justice Twomey of the High Court who adjudicated on the final.

Moot LW5202-2

Internal Mooting Opportunities

Students new to mooting are strongly encouraged to participate in the Novice Moot Court Competition. This is a competition run by the School of Law with the Law Society and takes place in early November. Further details will be available on our School of Law Facebook page and on the student Law Society page.

Novice Moot 2019

Pictured above are some of the participants in the 2018 Novice Moot Competition with the adjudicator Ms Colleen Brownlee BL.

Other Mooting Opportunities

External Mooting Competitions

A number of external mooting competitions are held over the course of the academic year (principally in the second semester). Students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one competition over the course of their law degree. The student Law Society on campus is an enthusiastic promoter of these moots so keep an eye on their announcements and the School of Law Facebook page for details. Remember too that members of Law School staff are always happy to provide advice to students on their submissions.

External Mooting Competitions and the Essay Requirement

The School is aware that although very rewarding external moots involve a significant time commitment. For this reason students who engage in external moots can submit the written legal submissions prepared for the external moot in fulfilment of the Law Essay requirement. Remember that you must obtain the lecturer’s permission in writing before availing of this option. Please contact the School of Law (law@nuigalway.ie) for further details and restrictions.

Student Law Society

The University student Law Society is a great way to get involved in student life and to participate in a number of law related events, including mooting. See here for details:

Student Testimonial - Maggie MacAonghusa BCL

Maggie MacAonghusaI graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 2014.  The BCL at NUI Galway has proved to be an excellent choice for me... Final year for me was packed with some particularly engaging modules. 

I did a moot court module that taught us about advocacy, the preparation of written submissions and how to deliver oral arguments in front of a panel of judges…  I look forward to undertaking further study at postgraduate level at the University of Oxford.

Student Testimonial - Michael Wilkins BCL

Michael WilkinsIn my second year at NUI Galway I took part in two moot court competitions. I decided to get involved because I always enjoyed debating and it seemed like a great way to add to my legal education. Taking part in mooting pushes you to explore areas of the law that are often under current dispute so you gain a great insight into very topical issues. Furthermore, mooting allows you to put the legal skills you learn in the classroom into practice and the preparation phase greatly improves your research skills. From an employer's point of view, engaging in mooting shows that you take a genuine interest in your studies and thus, enhances your employability.