LAW30690 Advocacy and Mooting

Academic Year 2022/2023

In this module students will be given an overview as to courtroom etiquette and behaviour so that they know how to address the court and are aware of various formalities that surround appearing in and representing a client in Court.

However the main focus of this module is to give students the practical opportunity to develop their research, legal writing and advocacy skills. Students will be given a set of �hypothetical� facts that will be similar to a factual scenario that they might in future years face in practice. Initially the students will be asked to identity the relevant legal issues arising from those facts and to prepare written legal submissions on behalf of their client. Having done this students will be asked to orally present their arguments as they would in court and will be expected to be able to answer any questions that the presiding judge will have. They will also be expected to respond to the arguments raised by the other side in their written and/or oral submissions and to respond to judges questions.

Resources permitting students will have the opportunity to enter other internal UCD or approved external moot court competitions.

Students considering taking this module should be aware that active participation will be required from them throughout the course. Most weeks preparatory work will be assigned prior to class and it is essential to the running of the class that all such preparatory work is done and that students are prepared to present to and actively participate in class. This module is therefore not suitable for any student not in a position to provide such ongoing commitment to their studies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have:

- an understanding of courtroom etiquette and presentation
- an ability to analyse a given set of facts
- an ability to identify the relevant legal issues arsing from those facts
- an ability to write concise legal submissions
- an ability to present their legal arguments in a courtroom setting
- an ability to respond to the legal arguments being made by their opponent
- an ability to respond to judges questions
- appreciate the importance of meeting deadlines and the ability to meet same
- to work on a case both individually and as part of a team

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures with in class compulsory advocacy exercises involving active participation by the students with feedback provided. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Contested advocacy presentation involving preparation of legal submissions and oral presentation of them. This is a contested advocacy exercise. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Class Attendance and Participation including active participation in classroom based advocacy exercises. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Presentation: Uncontested advocacy presentation involving preparation of legal submissons and oral presentation of them. This is an unopposed advocacy exercise. Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feeedback to the group post assessment provided.

Name Role
Richard Bunworth Tutor
Rosemary Mangan Tutor