We at 2TG are very proud of this competition, which is open to all students in tertiary education, and forms part of Chambers’ commitment to social mobility and the removal of barriers to accessing the Bar.
Now in its 9th year, The Times 2TG Moot is a joint initiative between us at 2TG and The Times newspaper. The aim of the moot is to provide the most open and accessible mooting competition in the country and to enable students from all backgrounds and tertiary education institutions to participate.
As a set of chambers, we have long placed an emphasis on oral advocacy, believing that there is no substitute for oral argument and debate in getting to the nub of an issue. We (as do many other chambers) reward pupillage applicants who have gained experience and shown excellence in mooting.
However, we are all too aware that mooting competitions may appear inaccessible and something of a ‘closed-shop’. Mindful of this, we devised the Times 2TG Moot in 2015/2016, which is open to all tertiary education students.
For the first time, the 2022/23 format incorporated moot workshops with school students around London. The workshops included a plenary session with the students explaining the role of a barrister and the routes to a career at the Bar. We had the pleasure of hosting the students from the academy schools at the moot semi-final at the Royal Courts of Justice in November 2022. We hope to have inspired some future competitors, and future rising stars. We were delighted to work with Lampton School, Oasis Southbank and Newham Collegiate Sixth Form and hope to incorporate other schools in future years.
Whether the mooters go on to apply to 2TG or to pursue a career elsewhere, we are delighted to have encouraged and supported students in this key aspect of their legal education and hope that, with the continued invaluable support and coverage from The Times, we have made some contribution to broadening access to the profession.
If you would like to apply, please complete and return the standard application form.
You can access full details of the rules of the competition on this page.
The important dates for the 2023/2024 mooting competition can be found here.
You can find answers to common queries here and contact details for anything else.
We have set out some hints and tips for preparing and deploying your moot submissions.
You can view the document setting out the 2023/24 Times 2TG Moot problem on which your argument should be based.
We have had lots of media coverage in relation to the Moot and you can see some of what has been said here.