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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

Online Module Resources

NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

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

1. undertake diligent legal research;
2. construct legal arguments based on legal materials (statute law, case law, the Constitution);
3. draft memorials of written arguments;
4. confidently present and defend legal arguments by way of oral presentation to an authoritative body such as a court.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12No Description
Tutorial24Attendance and Participation
Independent Study67Individual Research and Preparation for Oral Presentation
Group work20Group work on memorial
Independent Study2Visiting the Courts and observing legal argument
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

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)

Main Moot Presentations - Students present oral submissions to the court.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • O Malley: 1993, Sources of Law, The Round Hall Press, Dublin,
  • Snape: 2004, How to Moot: A Student Guide to Mooting, Oxford University Press,
Other Resources

273, Moodle, 0, Lecture notes and links to relevant journal articles, case-law and websites will be available on the DCU Moodle page for this module., 274, Electronic Sources, 0, 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, 275, Primary Sources, 0, Primary legal materials which will vary from year to year, dependant on the issues raised in the Moot Court problem,
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