Our Criminal Law Moot Competition provides students with an excellent opportunity to apply criminal law in a mooting context and gain insight into Chambers prior to applying for pupillage.

The competition comprises of two knock-out rounds followed by a Grand Final, which will take place at the Old Bailey. The two individual competitors who obtain the highest scores in the Grand Final will each be awarded the opportunity to undertake a mini pupillage in Chambers.

Criminal Law Moot Competition 2019/20

This year we will be holding our inaugural mooting competition for final year LLB, LLM, GDL and BPTC students.

The first round of the competition will take place on Saturday 7 December 2019 at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. During the first round, every student who enters the moot will be provided with the opportunity not only to hone their research, drafting and advocacy skills, but also to hear more from us about life at 5 Paper Buildings and at the Criminal Bar. To that end, and in addition to the moots themselves, competitors will be given the opportunity to participate in a criminal law workshop with members of Chambers, and to ask members of our Tenancy Pupillage Committee and junior tenants about the pupillage application process and the structure of pupillage. The first round will conclude with an informal drinks reception with members of Chambers.

The second round will take place on 30 January 2020.

The Grand Final will take place in March 2020.

All moot problems will be criminal law based. We are aware that there may be some areas of criminal practice which remain wholly unfamiliar to students, and we shall be mindful of this throughout the competition.

Entering a Team

If you are a final year LLB student or an LLM, GDL or BPTC student and would like to register your university ahead of this year’s competition please send an email to moot@5pb.co.uk by Monday 30 September 2019.

Each university will be entitled to enter a team of two students.

Please note that we will only accept one team per university and would therefore prefer to be contacted by a member of faculty or the person responsible for the organisation of external moots.