The ‘moot’ is the call of the lawyer; it is a sort of cross between a moo and a hoot. Mooting happens when lawyers gather into groups. A lone lawyer never moots.

In some areas, there are mooting competitions, in which young lawyers compete to see who can moot the loudest or longest. The competitions are judged by senior lawyers, veterans of many mooting competitions in their faraway youth. The mooting competition serves as a method for identifying possible challengers for senior positions in the herd in future years, and as a sort of ritual to establish the pecking order amongst the young lawyers themselves. Senior lawyers can then either adopt a promising young lawyer and nurture their career, or possibly have them killed.


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