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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title Moot Court
Module Code LG124
School School of Law & Government

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Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
This module aims generally to give students an understanding of the law in action in the courts, by providing them with the opportunity to represent the parties to a hypothetical case, to prepare written arguments and to deliver oral presentation to a Moot Court (similar to a ?mock trial?). By requiring active research, preparation of written memorials and presentation of oral submissions, the Moot Court programme develops students? ability to construct cogent legal arguments and improves advocacy skills.The specific aims of this module are:- to acquaint students with the concept of a Moot Court- to teach students how to examine legal materials and use them to support legal arguments - to teach students how to prepare written materials for court- to teach students how to deliver oral presentations to the court

Learning Outcomes
Having participated in this module students should understand how legal arguments are constructed based on legal materials (statute law, case law, the Constitution?); how memorials of written arguments are drafted; and how oral submissions are properly made to the court. Students should also gain a deeper insight into some of their substantive law subjects given that the hypothetical or fictional case used in the programme ought to reflect issues addressed in other law courses. Students should also gain an appreciation of the law in action, a greater understanding of the importance of diligent legal research and a confidence in oral presentation and defence of legal arguments.

Indicative Time Allowances
Independent Learning Time 75

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
-Introduction: What is a Moot Court? Why participate in a Moot Court? Benefits of Mooting. Outline of Research Materials (statute law, case law, Constitution, ECHR, EU law ... )- Mini-Moot A: Exploration of a minor Moot related to the Main Moot - introduction to the issues presented in this moot, group research, in-class group debate on the issues presented.- Mini-Moot B: Exploration of a second minor Moot related to the Main Moot - introduction to the issues presented in this moot, group research, in-class group debate on the issues presented.- Main Moot: Introduction to the issues raised in the Main Moot. Exploration of links with earlier mini-moots. Group research, preparation of memorial and oral presentation.- How to create a memorial: Proper written citation. Structuring a Memorial.- How to present oral submissions to the court: Proper form of address. Useful phrases. Practice sessions.- Main Moot Presentations: Students present oral submissions to the court.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
- O?Malley, T. Sources of Law (1993) Dublin: The Round Hall Press.- Snape, J. How to Moot: A Student Guide to Mooting (2004) Oxford University Press- Other Materials depending on issues addressed in Moot Court problem
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