Brookes law students get a new Moot Court

4 November 2013

Thanks to the generosity of the Ministry of Justice, the first phase of the Oxford Brookes University Moot Court project, which began in autumn 2012, is now complete. The Ministry has kindly donated a full set of wooden court furniture, including a judge’s bench, a clerk’s bench, a dock and two brief’s benches, to the University. The pieces, which came from Haringey Court, London, have been arranged in the University’s new permanent Moot Court in the School of Law, on the first floor at Headington Hill Hall. The Moot Court will be used for teaching purposes and to host prestigious national mooting competitions, which award significant cash prizes to winning university teams.

A moot is a mock appeal in which teams of two students argue points of law before a judge or judges. It is an excellent means of developing a student’s research and argumentation skills, and gives an opportunity to develop confidence in public speaking. Law firms and barristers’ chambers are particularly keen on individuals who have demonstrated an aptitude for this activity.

Many British universities and law schools already boast their own Moot Courts. These give students a dedicated space where they can hone their advocacy skills and gain further court room experience, which will aid them immeasurably after graduation.

Following the recent successes of Brookes students at national mooting contests, the School of Law worked with the Development Office to provide and equip a Moot Court for the use of its students. It is hoped that the Court will enable Brookes to remain a major contender in national mooting competitions. In 2012, the OBU School of Law Team triumphed over 64 teams, including Oxford University, to take the National Mooting Championship. In February this year, a team of GDL students won the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition.

In a recent development, Luke Campbell ‘11, alumnus of the Law School and donor to the University, has procured a Royal Crest (see below) which he has gifted to the new Moot Court at Brookes. The Royal Arms appear in every English and Welsh courtroom (with the exception of the magistrates’ court in the City of London), demonstrating that justice comes from the monarch.

Luke Campbell says “I decided to back this project because I believe it essential that young legal professionals have the necessary resources to perfect the qualities they need to succeed in the competitive legal market. I have no doubt that this new resource will help to ensure the continued success of Brookes' mooters and graduates alike.”

Mr Campbell is also going to assist with any additional fundraising for the Moot Court. Now that Phase One is complete, the School of Law is looking to begin Phase Two, which will see the Court equipped with AV and IT equipment.

The Royal Arms appear in every English and Welsh courtroom