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the external mooting team

The External Mooting Team (EMT) represents the School at national and international mooting competitions. It is comprised of mooters, LLB and LLM students with significant mooting experience and/or success, and judges, LLM or PhD students who have completed the BPTC/LPC or who are qualified barristers. The Team trains independently with the help of its EMT Judges. The primary training method is practice submissions, sessions where the mooters improve their written and oral advocacy.


In 2018/2019 the EMT was the most successful in the history of the school, competing in over fifteen competitions including the ESU Essex Moot Court, OUP-BPP National Mooting Competition, and the Inner Temple Intervarsity Moot. EMT mooters performed extremely well throughout the year, which finished with wins at the Bristol intervarsity Mooting Competition and Leicester Medical Moot. Read more about these successes in the Ratio: The Magazine of LSE Law ( The trophies are displayed at the Law Reception!  

emt trials

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emt judges

Judges are essential to the EMT: they provide feedback on mooters’ skeleton arguments and judge practice submissions, helping mooters perfect their oral submissions prior to external competitions. Judges also preside over the preliminary rounds of internal competitions.

LLM or PhD students who have undertaken the BPTC/LPC or who are professionally qualified are particularly encouraged to apply to become an EMT judge!

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Independently of the External Mooting Team, LSE students also compete in several prestigious international competitions, “Departmentals”, such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and the European Law Moot Court.


For more information about the Departmentals, check your email regularly. The member of Law Department staff coordinating a particular moot will communicate trial details soon.

the annual london intervarsities

To foster a spirit of friendly competition, LSE partakes in two annual intervarsity moots: the LSE-UCL Moot and the LSE-KCL Moot. LSE sends two teams, one advanced and one novice, to each London Intervarsity. Both teams train (independently of each other) with EMT judges and the Bar and Chambers Executives.


The advanced team usually consists of EMT mooters, although advanced mooters who impress in practice non-competitive (NCP) moots or internals may also compete on the advanced team. The top two scoring mooters in the previous non-competitive practice (NCP) moot are invited to represent LSE as the novice team. More details about which NCP moot will qualify you to participate in the London Intervarsities will be available to you in Lent Term.


Last year, we hosted the LSE-KCL Moot in the Moot Court Room. Professor Andrew Murray wrote the moot problem, and Sir Robin Jacob (former Court of Appeal Justice and current Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in intellectual property at University College London) judged the moot. The moot will be hosted by KCL this year.


Conversely, UCL hosted the LSE-UCL Moot last year, sponsored by Eversheds; returning the favour, we will be hosting it around the eighth week of Lent term.

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