On Thursday 12 March 2020, the Activities Secretaries Katie Shuttleworth and Matt Washer, and its President Junior Klutse, represented the Bar Society at LawCareers.net’s Student Law Society Award ceremony. The Society achieved the award for best mooting activities, sponsored by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The mooting opportunities that the Bar Society offers to its members includes but are not limited to the Give It A GO Mooting Taster Session, Novice Moot, Varsity Moot, Internal Moot, and the newly introduced Diversity Moot – which unfortunately, as with the Internal Moot, had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Some of the external mooting competitions include the ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, Landmark Chambers Property Law Moot Competition, and various friendly moots (the most recent one was against King’s College London, which the University of Sheffield won)!
Having achieved the best mooting award, the Bar Society is effectively the best society in the country that provides mooting opportunities! That is because students gain the invaluable experience of presenting complex legal arguments in front of real judges, barristers, and QCs. Richard Wilson QC, from Serle Court Chambers, in fact recently judged the friendly King’s College London v University of Sheffield Moot. Students are also provided with the opportunity in gaining meaningful work experience, such as mini-pupillages. A double-award winning barrister from St.Ives Chambers, Tom Lawal, agreed to judge the Diversity Moot and offer a mini-pupillage to the winner of that Moot. Students who participated in the Internal Moot in the past have obtained mini-pupillages from a local set, St John’s Building.
Students who are new to the world of mooting have the chance to participate in some of the above mentioned competitions, which are conducted in a less pressurised and friendly environment.
In a 20 minutes interview with LawCareers.net’s Olivia Partridge, Junior describes some of the advantages that students gain from mooting and how to excel in it. Details of the advice can be found in LawCareer.net’s recent article.