We will be running a number of internal competitions this year, building on last year’s successes and hopefully recognising any short comings; last year we encountered problems with the huge numbers of first years and beginners wanting to take part in the various mooting opportunities available through the Law Society and so the decision was made to split the first-years from the older students and run separate competitions, with mentors for beginners. I’m pleased to be able to announce that this arrangement has now been formalised for this coming year.
The Beginners Competition – made up of first year members of the society and those who haven’t participated before – will be supported by a team of mentors, typically one per team, who have the necessary skills and experience to guide and to an extent train their charges. The Beginners Competition we hope will offer an enjoyable, educational and challenging experience to all who take part, setting them up in good standing for any future mooting they choose to take part.
The Main Competition continues more or less unaffected; as with the Beginners both will be using a variety of problem scenarios covering a variety of topics and also a variety of venues. In the past the Law Society has used venues such as Lancaster Castle’s courtrooms and even the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom much to the delight of participants.
In addition to the above mentioned competitions we also intend to host a new style of competition, rather than stand-alone moots, we plan to run whole-day events where participants will be given much of the needed resources and limited preparation time, these events are intended to provide a far greater challenge for participants intending to pursue a career in advocacy or looking for something tougher.
As always, we hope to be able to meet the demand and high expectations of our society’s members in a challenging and enjoyable environment.
If there are any questions or if you’re looking for how to get involved don’t hesitate to ask, I can be contacted at email@example.com but all members of the exec will be happy to answer questions where possible.