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Giving sixth-formers a taste of legal life

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Students in the mock courtroom

Teenagers got the chance to argue a case in "court" as they took part in the first round of the Leicestershire Schools and Colleges Mooting Competition.

 The contest sees teenagers from around the city and county, who are all members of De Montfort University’s Law Club, compete for the title.

Mooting involves arguing points of law as if in a court, and the students were asked to act out the role of barristers arguing both sides of a case in the Court of Appeal.

It got under way last week with students arguing an appeal hearing in the mock courtroom at DMU’s Hugh Aston building.

Sheree Peaple, head of Leicester De Montfort Law School, said: “The mooting competition is a way to give students a taste of what a career in law entails. What we want is students who are really interested, committed and enthusiastic choosing to study law and Law Club givens them that opportunity.”

Charlie Tear, 16, is studying A-levels at Uppingham School, which does not offer law A-level. For him, Law Club is a way to learn about the law and give him a taste of what his dream job is really like.

He said: “It’s academically challenging, because we have to research our case and look up points of law. This is the first time I have taken part in a moot – I’m looking forward to the competition.”

Third year law students Tom Jones and Farrah Qhalid were master and mistress of the moot. Law Club and the mooting competition are organised by DMU senior lecturer Andy Robinson.

This is the 12th year that the competition has been held. More than 40 students from eight colleges are competing. The final is on March 19, judged by Professor Richard Card, former head of the Law School at DMU and the author of several textbooks on criminal and contract law. The competition is sponsored by LexisNexis, publishers of the UK’s leading legal database.

Photographs: Matt Short

 

Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2013

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