real life experience
Forget about writing your thesis or a job as student-assistant: participating in a moot court is at the closest to the real lawyer work you can get. You will learn how to write legal arguments and plead your case convincingly in English. Your coaches are young lawyers themselves, and they will pass on their expertise and skills straight to you. This will make you highly qualified for any legal career you want to pursue.
It’s a team effort
Working in a team is sometimes challenging, often rewarding, and an absolute necessity if you want to pursue a legal career. Every single word you will write or plead during the moot is the result of a collective team effort. The best results are made by those teams that challenge each other, rather than just divide individual tasks. Besides, it’s just great fun.
Build your network
Over the years, the UvA team has travelled to Hong Kong, Vienna, Shanghai, Berlin, Stockholm and many more places. The final rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna are visited by the best arbitration lawyers worldwide, and performing well in the moot will open many doors.
It’s just really good fun
Can you think of any other activity that both kickstarts your career and gives you the chance to travel the world and to party with hundreds of other students around the globe? For many previous participants, it is the social part that brings back the warmest memories.
How does it work?
Participating teams in the elimination rounds
Every team is allowed to participate in the general rounds in Vienna and/or Hong Kong. Out of the 300 teams that participate in Vienna, 64 make it to the elimination rounds
Each team has 30 minutes pleading time in minutes, to be divided by the two oralists. Good oralists are responsive to the arguments of the other party, and use as little notes as possible.
The written submissions must contain a maximum of 35 pages. This sounds like a lot, but every year teams spend their last weeks on trying to bring back the number of pages to 35. You will definitely learn how to write concise yet also convincing, in other words: short and snappy.
Every year, dozens of international pre moots are organized to allow teams to practice against each other.
The UvA team
Success of the UvA Team
The coaches have all participated in previous moot court teams, and have served as arbitrators during the final rounds in Vienna or Hong Kong. The fact that they are all practicing lawyers is unique for the UvA team. Rather than the academic perspective that you have learnt for years, you will know learn how to think, write and argue as a lawyer.