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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

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Level 1 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

This module aims 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 those arguments by way of oral presentation to a Moot Court.




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.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students will

- understand how legal arguments are constructed based on legal materials (statute law, case law, the Constitution);

- understand how memorials of written arguments are drafted;

- understand how oral submissions are properly made to the court.

- have a deeper insight into some of their substantive law subjects as the hypothetical case examined will reflect issues addressed in other law courses;

- appreciate the reality of the law in action;

- have a greater understanding of the importance of diligent legal research;

- and, be confident in presenting and defending legal arguments by way of oral presentation.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 12
Tutorials 12
Independent Learning Time 126

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 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
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List


- Primary legal materials which will vary from year to year, dependant on the issues raised in the Moot Court problem




- Lecture notes and links to relevant journal articles, case-law and websites will be available on the DCU Moodle page for this module.





- Dependant on issues raised in Moot Court problem

- O'Malley, Sources of Law, Dublin: The Round Hall Press, 1993

- Snape, How to Moot: A Student Guide to Mooting, Oxford University Press, 2004




- Some useful electronic resources are: Justis, WestLaw IE, FirstLaw, LexisNexis, www.bailii.org, www.irishstatutebook.ie, www.lawreform.ie, www.courts.ie, www.echr.coe.int

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