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We asked two LLB (Hons) Salford Law School students, Adam Gould and Syeda Rizvi (winner of the Salford University Law Society (SULS) Annual Mooting Tournament 2012/2013) some questions about mooting.
What attracted you to becoming actively involved in mooting at Salford?
Syeda: We are required to participate in an assessed moot as part of our Communications Skills module. I thought the best way to learn to moot and consequently perform well in my mooting assessment would be through actually practicing and participating in internal mooting events. Participating helped me develop integral mooting skills, and surprisingly, I found myself enjoying the experience as well.
Adam: Primarily, I was attracted to mooting as a means to an ends; mooting participation is essential to any potential bar applicants. Mooting with the Law Society has had numerous benefits, for example: owing to the in-depth study of various areas of law, mooting has been instrumental in developing numerous skills which I now utilise on a regular basis throughout my studies. Among other things, my analytical skills have been invaluable when completing coursework and preparing for examinations.
How important do you feel mooting is to your careers plans and prospects?
Syeda: I believe mooting is an essential transferable skill. It is not only vital to pursuing a career in law as barrister, but equips a person with qualities such as confidence and the ability to articulate clearly and effectively. Mooting has further developed my communication skills, and enables me to present myself as a capable and confident candidate to prospective employers. This is turn places me in better position when applying for relevant legal work experience.
Adam: My personal ambition is to become a barrister, to this effect mooting is a pre-requisite. Every Barrister, Solicitor and legal professional I have spoken to all hold the same view; securing a pupillage is unlikely without some form of mooting experience. To this effect, I feel that mooting is of central importance to pursuing my chose career path.
How do you prepare for a moot – do you have any tips for would-be mooters?
Syeda: Preparation is everything. The more effort that is placed on constructing a coherent argument, identifying weaknesses, and considering area's which could potentially lead to judicial intervention the better. It can be a little difficult at times to make your point in the limited time that you have, but practice is all it takes. Also, I've found that asking a friend to help you practice really improves your confidence, as it gives you a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses, thus making you better prepared for the actual moot.
Adam: My advice to would-be mooters would be to cover their bases, if you are under prepared you will be caught out by judges - make sure to read the given judgements in detail; though this can be a monotonous task, a deep understanding if the given case law is imperative in any competition.