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DMU students to moot in the Supreme Court

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Tom and Farrah (pictured left)

Law students from De Montfort University (DMU) are off to the Supreme Court in London to moot in the highest appeal court in the land.

Two teams of two third-year students at the Leicester De Montfort Law School will debate a fictitious point of law as they compete for the title of DMU Law Society Mooting winners.

Tomorrow's debate is the final stage of this year’s internal mooting competition which has seen law students throughout the university be introduced to and get enthused about mooting.

Tom Jones and Farrah Khalid are this year’s Master and Mistress of the Moot, responsible for training students to take part in mooting competitions.

To prepare the students for the challenge, special weekly “moot camps” were set up at DMU and those students with experience led sessions on different principles of mooting. This included court etiquette training, the best way to build a compelling argument from precedent and how to deal with a judge’s questioning.

After learning that the law society was due to visit the Supreme Court as part of an upcoming trip, they asked if they could hold the finals of the internal mooting competition there and were given permission.

Tom, who is also vice-president of the Law Society, said: “It’s a fantastic chance for everyone and it has been tremendous fun running the moot camps and the competition.

“The confidence which mooting gives you goes completely beyond the courtroom. It’s been great to see the students who have never done it before go through the process – they all say it has helped their studies, too, by making it more relevant.”

The teams are Will Tolcher and Shelley Pastakia versus Harry Taylor and Prabhjot Hunjan. The trip was organised with the help of social secretary Vicky Holland and staff representative Dr Nicola Jackson.

Tom added: “Naturally the three of us were delighted with the opportunity we could pass onto the students. The ability to moot in the highest court in the land is certainly an experience that employers will be interested in!”

Posted on Monday 18th February 2013

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