Hello everyone! In the last post I gave you 5 reasons why mooting is worth your while. However, the benefits go far beyond your personal development. Even if you believe you have mastered every single skill moots are supposed to improve, there is much more they can give you. Fun included.
- You make new friends
During a moot court (and its usually rich social programme) you have the opportunity to meet tons of people. Other students, often from all corners of the world, coaches, arbitrators and members of the mooting community are a fascinating crew. You never know when the acquaintances made during a competition might come in handy. Sometimes they also evolve to be long-lasting friendship between like-minded people. Or even more… From what I know, some competitions that have been around for a while already boast first moot babies.
- You network with people from the industry
Moot courts, especially the big ones, always attract plenty of professionals. At the university you rarely have the opportunity to talk about your future as a lawyer with someone more or less senior. During a moot you can literally ask every question you have over a beer and get to know real mentors that will shed some light on your path into (or out of) career in law.
- You can visit interesting locations…
…and at times someone else pays for it.
Many moot courts are international. They gather teams from all over the world and it is likely they take place somewhere interesting. Furthermore, large moot courts are often accompanied by smaller pre-moots held by teams, universities or sponsors to practise before the main competition.
Before drafting this post I skimmed through my calendar and tried to check where I have been thanks to moot courts. Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Malibu, Madrid, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Frankfurt… Feel like visiting London, Paris, Hong-Kong, Washington, Geneva, Strasbourg? There are moots organized there, too. And although this definitely should not be your primary motivation, I do believe it helps.
- You improve your job prospects
Is there anyone out there who has not heard yet that the legal job market is an extremely competitive one? Mooting makes you stand out in the crowd of very similar law graduates. By taking part you demonstrate you are hard-working, dedicated and passionate about law. Everyone wishing to hire you will know you can handle tasks more complex than sending letters, stamping papers and printing bundles.
The bottom line is, in most of the countries I know people who participated and succeeded in these competition are much better positioned to get the job they like.
- You make it more likely to make it – wherever it is
Participation in, not to mention winning a moot court competition is a huge achievement. Once you dedicated so much time and effort to something, you definitely should capitalize on that. An LLM programme application? A scholarship request? A research project recruitment? A publication based on the moot case? Take your pick – your chances of getting in or it are always higher when you have something like a moot achievement in your CV.
I hope that now, with 10 reasons altogether, you will not hesitate and willingly start your moot adventure!