Mooting Books

There are growing number of books published in the UK on mooting. The main books are listed below:

A Practical Guide to Mooting - Jeffrey Hill
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Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 0230220681, £14.99

A Practical Guide to Mooting is intended as a student friendly guide, suitable for those studying at degree level, particularly with a course that includes a mooting element.

The book goes through what judges are looking for from mooters, from structure and style, through to use of authorities.

The author Jeffrey Hill is a senior lecturer in law at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he teaches both criminal law and mooting.

The book has a companion website which includes an example chapter, and video of an example moot.

Mooting and Advocacy Skills - David Pope and Dan Hill
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Thomson, 2007, ISBN 0421924705, £18

Mooting and Advocacy Skills is written by David Pope, a barrister who is also director of advocacy at Denton Wilde Sapte, a major law firm, and Dan Hill, who has been responsible for many years for organising the internal mooting competitions at the College of Law.

The book is part of Thomson's Legal Skills Series, and is presented in a very user friendly format - it is easy to dip into. The book is very practical, with tips on what to say, how to say it, and even what to wear. For example, there is a section on 'vocabular etiquette', which goes through why and when you might want to say 'in my submission', 'I am grateful' and 'with respect'.

There is also a section specifically aimed at those tasked with organising mooting competitions. The book contains a couple of example mooting questions (more example problems always welcome!) and some forms for organisers (although some might find the example mooting posters are not to their style!)

The book is ideal and highly recommended for those starting out in the world of mooting. The authors introduce an example moot problem, and then use this as the basis of taking you through the various stages of research, preparation, and making submissions.

You can even find out what to do if your team clearly has the weaker case!

The Art of Argument: A Guide to Mooting - Christopher Kee
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Cambridge University Press, April 2007, ISBN 0521685133, £16.99

The Art of the Argument, published in April 2007, is specifically aimed at those entering an international mooting competition.

How to Moot: A Student Guide to Mooting - John Snape and Gary Watt
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Oxford University Press, October 2004, ISBN 0406 979510, £15.99

This highly recommended guide is from the authors of the Cavendish Guide to Mooting, who are both law lecturers.

It aims to be very user friendly from the very start, and uses a question and answer format, with the first question being 'What is mooting?'. There is considerable detail on moot preparation (e.g. 'How do I read and chose my authorities?') and performance on the day (e.g. 'What do I do if the moot judge has misunderstood my point?').

The authors have included a 'principles and practice' section which provides additional information on use of authorities, distinguishing those awkward cases which do not seem to support your argument, and full details of mooting competitions.

It also contains the full text of an example moot, including the submissions and how the mooters dealt with difficult questions from the judge, as well as a number of example moot problems.

Blackstone's Book of Moots - Tim Kaye and Lynne Townley order online
Blackstones, London, 1996, ISBN 1-85431-516-1, £23.50

This is written by the lecturer responsible for mooting and a masters student at Birmingham University Law faculty and is highly recommended.

It contains sections on mooting procedure, mooting skills and judging moots, as well as lots of example mooting problems and moot speeches with comments.

The Observer Book of Moots - Edited by Paul Dobson and Barry Fitzpatrick
Sweet and Maxwell, London, 1986, ISBN 0421329505

This book is no longer in print in the UK, but most university libraries should be able to get hold of a well-thumbed copy. It contains sections on mooting procedure, and a large selection of mooting problems. You should note that some of the mooting problems in The Observer Book of Moots are now out of date, since the relevant decisions have been appealed, or overturned. Use with care.

A Practical Guide to Mooting - Sharon A. Williams and Janet Walker
Emond Montgomery, Canada, 1995, ISBN 0-920722-62-8, $24 (Canadian)

Apparently 'the Practical Guide to Mooting provides you with the strategies and insights of over 15 years of mooting and supervising experience.'
Beat that. Janet Walker is a professor at York University in Ontario, Canada. It is hard to get hold of a copy of this book in the UK.

Butterworths Skills Series - Mooting Manual - Gygar, T; Cassimatis, A
Butterworths, Australia, 1997, ISBN 0-409-30826-9, $33 (Aus)

After a bit of history, this book runs through the techniques and formalities of mooting with an Australian perspective. It includes practical training exercises, and information on running a mooting competition. Unfortunately, the book isn't readily available in the UK.

Learning the Law - Glanville Williams order online
Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2006, ISBN: 0421744200, £12.50

Mooting also gets an honourable mention in the guide, philosopher and friend that is Glanville William's Learning the Law. Vintage stuff.

The Moot Court Book: A Student Guide to Appellate Advocacy - John Gaubatz order online
Lexis Law Publishing, 1994, ISBN: 1558341951, $25.00

A popular guide to mooting in North America.

How to Please the Court: Moot Court Handbook - Paul I. Weizer order online
Peter Lang, New York, 2004, ISBN: 0-8204-6949-1, $19.95

A guide to running and participating in a North American moot court program.

The MootingNet Beginners Guide to Mooting only online
This is not yet available in print, owing to overwhelming lack of interest from publishers. But you never know...


Mooting research

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