The changes to the way in which law is practiced now have been described as constituting an unprecedented disruption. Susskind (2013) for example foresees 'discontinuity over time and the emergence of a legal industry that will be quite alien to the current establishment'. The burden of adequately preparing law graduates for a 'new future' is correspondingly more onerous and nebulous. This paper however argues that to meet the 'new' does not automatically require dispensing with the 'old'. For example, the pedagogical benefits of competitive mooting are ideally suited to preparing the lawyers of the future, and going back to the 'old' offers many advantages in preparing law graduates for the 'new'. Although mooting is often associated with a focus on oral advocacy, the benefits derived from competitive mooting far exceed the development of oral skills. In particular, mooting provides unique opportunities to build resilience in demanding situations and stand law graduates in good stead.
|Publication status||Published - 7 Jul 2017|
|Event||72nd Annual Conference of Australasian Law Teachers' Association : Law on the Line - University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 5 Jul 2017 → 8 Jul 2017
Conference number: 72nd
|Conference||72nd Annual Conference of Australasian Law Teachers' Association|
|Abbreviated title||ALTA 2017|
|Period||5/07/17 → 8/07/17|
Parsons, L. (2017). Back to the past to meet the future: The benefits of competitive mooting in a new era of legal practice. 72nd Annual Conference of Australasian Law Teachers' Association , Adelaide, Australia.