The International Moot Program offers students a marvelous opportunity to improve their advocacy skills. Students moot against English law students in the unique legal settings of the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court. This program is for all students: those who want to become litigators and seek to improve their advocacy skills and those who are uncomfortable with public speaking and feel they have no talent for advocacy at all! Students attend a lecture, given by an English Barrister, on How to Moot English-style, participate in an advocacy class which includes voice training, participate in an internal Moot-Off, receive personal feedback and prepare for and participate in a moot against English law students. One unit of credit is awarded for participation in moot court program and the class is limited to 24 students.
Past moots have been against Middle Temple, Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, City University, King's College, The College of Law and St. John's College, Oxford. Past judges have included the late Lord Slynn of Hadley, former Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice and Law Lord; Dame Brenda Hale, UK Supreme Court; and Sir Rupert Jackson, Q.C., High Court, Queen's Bench Division.
Students have found that the combination of the moot program and exposure to international law from the London program provides a very good foundation for participation in the various Law School international moot court competitions. Pepperdine has participated in various international moots in the past including: the International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (held at Stetson Law School), the Willem C Vis and the Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Competitions (held in Vienna and Hong Kong, respectively) and Jessup.