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Why Moot?

Mooting helps to develop numerous personal and legal skills, including:

  • Analytical skills
  • Writing skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentational skills
  • Debating skills
  • Confidence
  • Clarity of expression
  • Empathy – the ability to see the other side’s viewpoint
  • Listening skills
  • Teamwork

Anyone planning a legal career requires these skills, even if they do not plan to be a trial lawyer. These skills are just as important when meeting clients, preparing for negotiations, drafting agreements, etc.

Even if you do not plan a career in law, the professional and interpersonal skills you acquire when participating in the CEEMC are highly-desired by employers other than law firms.

You will find the CEEMC an extremely stimulating environment. During the competition, you will moot before a Judicial Panel comprising people from the highest levels of the international and national judiciary, legal practitioners and legal academics. It will certainly be an experience you’ll remember.

Aside from developing new skills, or polishing your existing skills, we hope that you will enjoy the CEEMC experience. You will interact with young lawyers from throughout the CEE region and have the opportunity to forge lasting friendships. Equally, you will have multiple opportunities to socialise with the Judicial Panel outside the mooting timetable.

Just as importantly, you will forge bonds with your team-mates which will hopefully last forever.  

We are confident that the CEEMC will leave a positive, lasting impression on you. We hope that, whatever you choose to become in the future (a lawyer, a politician, an educator, a businessperson etc.), you will remember the CEEMC’s spirit of European solidarity and contribute, in your own way, to ensuring that the European dream remains a reality for generations to come.

The CEEMC’s President (Eleanor Sharpston KC, former Advocate General at the CJEU) recorded this advice on mooting for us in 2019. It still remains as valid as ever!