Preparing the Memorials

One of the most integral aspects of participating in a moot court, whether it be the Price Media Law Moot Court or another, is the preparation of your written memorial for submission in advance of the oral rounds. Your memorial is where you lay out the argument you intend to present to the judges in the oral rounds and is the first impression the judges will have of you. Below are some resources that should help you to begin your research and to construct a winning memorial. While these resources will help you in your preparation, it is the research that you and your team conduct on your own that will set your apart from the rest of the competition. Successful mooters are those who are able to demonstrate a level of skill and knowledge of the law that exceeds that of their competitors. Nonetheless, we hope that you find them to be both practical and useful, and we wish you the best of luck in your participation in the exciting and gratifying moot court experience.

  • Introductory Guide to Writing Memorials An introductory written guide designed for students who are participating for the first time ever in a moot court competition.
  • Making the most of online resources An unique aspect of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition is that it draws the use of legal authorities from all over the world. For this, the Internet can be a useful medium of supplementing one’s basic research. In this video Katherine Jackson – Legal Research Librarian at Oxford’s Bodleian Law Library speaks to us about how to make the most of online resources. She takes us through maximising search quality in general search engines, and in both – free and subscription legal databases. This video would be helpful for any law student who seeks to make the most of the wide range of information available online.
  • Primary and secondary legal sources It is critical in a legal argument to understand the authoritative value of what you are relying on to establish your point. And here is where the difference of primary and secondary legal sources becomes important. This video by Katherine Jackson – Legal Research Librarian at Oxford’s Bodleian Law Library, will help you understand not only this, but also give you an insight into how to read and use judicial decisions in your argument. This is extremely valuable for those who are new to the common law system. For those already well versed with common law tradition, the videos offers important insight into searching for legislations from different parts of the world, and points you must bear in mind while citing judicial decisions and secondary sources.
  • How to start researching a moot problem One of the most important parts of preparing for any moot court competition is how you approach a moot court problem. In this video Katherine Jackson – Legal Research Librarian at Oxford’s Bodleian Law Library, provides some useful tips on what to do before you set down to work on your moot problem,how to start your research, how to follow your leads and most importantly what to do with your research. This video is a must for all mooters starting their research or re-visiting their research strategy for any moot court competition.
  • Drafting Legal Arguments A comprehensive video guide where Nick Friedman, Tutor in Law and Graduate Mooting Co-ordinator at the University of Oxford, gives some useful advice on how to draw up your legal arguments in your memorials, including using what he calls the “ILAC method, structuring your research, as well as solving practical problems you face in the course of your research.
  • Winning Memorials The Memorials that received the prizes for Best Memorials and Best Memorials-Runner-up in the 2012 International and South Asia Regional Rounds are available to download here to help you better construct your own Memorial.
  • OSCOLA Rules OSCOLA is the standard citation format required for all participant written memorials. This link will provide you will detailed information on how to use this format to ensure the minimum penalty deductions.
  • An Introduction to Legal Citation using OSCALA for Compressor The official rules of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition mandate that each source or authority used in the written memorials must be supported by bibliographical information using Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (4th Edition). Non-observance of the OSCOLA rules results in the deduction of points for penalties as mentioned in the Official Rules for the Competition. This video, straight from one of the Editors of OSCOLA – Sandra Meredith, who is also a Departmental Lecturer in Legal Research Skills at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, introduces students to the basics of OSCOLA. Critical for any student participating or looking to participate in this competition, it is very useful for understanding some of the more complex parts of OSCOLA.
  • Books, Articles and other Secondary Sources To make it easy for students to understand and apply OSCOLA, this video by Sandra Meredith, Departmental Lecturer in Legal Research Skills at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and one of the Editors of OSCOLA, devotes separate attention to citation of books, articles and other secondary sources. The video also provides useful insight into citation of primary sources from jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom.
  • Online Legal Databases Finally, links to online databases where you can access case law from the relevant international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court.