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The Art of Mooting

Theories, Principles and Practice Mark Thomas and Lucy Cradduck, Senior Lecturers, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
This book examines the theories relevant to the development of skills necessary for effective participation in competition moots. By consideration of underlying theories the authors develop unique models of the skills of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains and effective team dynamics; and emphasise the importance of written submissions. The authors use this analysis to develop a unique integrated model that informs the process of coaching moot teams according to reliable principles.
Extent: c 224 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: October 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78897 038 9
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Advocacy skills, which are learnt in the moot court, as a precursor to the effective communication of persuasive legal argument, are essential for those seeking a career in law. The skills associated with successful mooting, cover the entire range of the domains of human activity: intellectual, physical and emotional. This informative book examines the theories relevant to the development of skills necessary for effective participation in competition moots.

By consideration of underlying theories, Mark Thomas and Lucy Cradduck develop unique models of the skills of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains and effective team dynamics, emphasising the importance of written submissions. The authors use this analysis to develop a unique integrated model that informs the process of coaching moot teams according to reliable principles.

The Art of Mooting distils the theories and principles that support successful moot performances, grounding these in practical examples of how a mooter’s skills may be developed and improved. It is an essential guide for moot coaches, law and advocacy students and academics seeking to improve their skills, and new and existing practitioners.
'This book offers brilliant new insights on the intellectual, physical and emotional aspects of mooting. In an era of growing emphasis on experiential learning and innovation in legal education, Thomas and Cradduck have given law teachers and students worldwide a valuable new tool to hone their crafts. The intertwining of pedagogical concepts and practical strategies is indispensable for full-time professors, adjunct coaches, peer mentors, and moot directors. The explanation of why and how to prepare for success also makes this book a must-read resource for every student mooting for fun or competition.'
– Jeremy de Beer, University of Ottawa, Canada

‘The Art of Mooting provides an effective guide to the practical and theoretical aspects of mooting. The book combines the practical know-how that mooters need at each stage of a moot competition with the thorough theoretical and pedagogical approach that coaches require. It is therefore an indispensable resource for both mooters and moot coaches. If mooting is an art, this book puts everyone on the path to becoming an artist.’
– Louise Parsons, Bond University, Australia

‘Happily, it has become fashionable to nod when told what a good thing mooting is for legal students and their instructors. But with their book, Mark Thomas and Lucy Cradduck take a more considered and rigorous approach, examining how and why mooting is so beneficial. Good advocacy synthesises thoughtfulness and experience. So does this book. It will be of interest and value to anyone with a stake in good legal education - and that, surely, is all of us.’
– Stuart Baran, Three New Square, UK

'The Art of Mooting offers a novel and systematic step-by-step analysis of what makes great advocacy, through the development of essential skills and self-awareness in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective spheres. Drawing from a strong theoretical base, this highly didactic book offers a practical guide into the high pedagogical value of mooting.'
– Pascale Chapdelaine, University of Windsor, Canada
Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction 2. The Cognitive Domain 3. The Psychomotor Domain 4. The Affective Domain 5. The Moot Coach 6. Team Dynamics 7. Written Submissions 8. International Criminal Court Case Study 9. Assessing Moot Performance 10. Conclusion and Future Appendix A Appendix B Index