The Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot Competition is over ten years old and offers the chance for competitors to exercise their skill in legal argument in the picturesque surroundings of the Inn.
Inner_Varsity3Over the course of day, 27 hours of mooting take place throughout the rooms of Inner Temple, the Final being held in Parliament Chamber. An army of judges drawn from the competitors’ institutions, the Bench of Inner Temple and members of the Inn generously gave up their time to help judge the rounds. In terms of how the competition works, the teams compete on a semi-knockout basis. Each team consists of two competitors and all students are eligible to take part, provided they are not on a vocational course which includes formal advocacy training (e.g. LPC or BPTC). In the first round, the 12 outright winners and 4 highest-scoring losing teams go through to the second round. Round 2, the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals are all knock-out rounds with the final two teams going head to head in the Final. Teams argue both sides of the problem and do not know which they will be required to put forward in advance of a random draw. Excitingly, especially in the earlier rounds, this can be just a matter of minutes before the teams are taken to their allocated room and start their submissions.
The event itself is organised by the Inner Temple Mooting Society on behalf of the Inner Temple. We are extremely proud to sponsor the competition.
You can read more about what happens on competition day below;