Kobe University School of Law has a strong tradition of international mooting. Students have participated in the Vis Arbitral Moot in Vienna, the Vis Moot East in Hong Kong, the LAWASIA International Moot Competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and the FDI International Arbitration Moot as well as various regional and national mooting competitions.
Participants enjoy broad support from the university. A member of the law faculty works closely with each team in their preparations. The university has brought lawyers and arbitrators from China, France, Korea, Malaysia, and the United States to give advocacy workshops and to assist coaching of the teams. The law faculty also organizes regional moots to give students the opportunity to practice what they have learned and better prepare for the international competitions. Kobe University provides generous financial support to students to participate in the competitions that take place overseas.
International mooting provides an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about and simulate the work of lawyers. Participants challenge themselves and improve their oral and written advocacy skills. Students often remember their preparations and participation in moots among the most rewarding and formative experiences of their legal studies. Lifelong friendships often begin between moot teammates.
Students are encouraged to join one of the mooting teams. The teams are open to all motivated students regardless of prior experience mooting. Similarly, participation in competitions is not limited to experienced students.