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Law students reach semi-finals of top mooting contest


Two law students from Leicester De Montfort Law School have been praised after winning through to the semi-finals of a national mooting competition.
Rebecca Thomas and Tom Harrison represented the Law School at the prestigious Intervarsity Medical Law Mooting Competition, held in collaboration with solicitors Irwin Mitchell at the University of Leicester.
Some 16 schools including Oxford, Cambridge, Kings, Leicester, Sheffield and Aberystwyth took part.  Mooting – presenting legal argument in mock court proceedings – requires students to conduct legal research and analysis to make a legal argument. It is invaluable experience for students looking to practice law in the courtroom. 
Only one moot problem was set for the competition, which involved issues relating to medical law.  The DMU team got through to the third round, narrowly losing to Aberystwyth.
Jo Samanta, principal lecturer at the Law School, said the students did extremely well. She said: "Our team was particularly commended on their knowledge and application of the law, their highly persuasive arguments and their innovative proposals for policy change. In fact, Rebecca so impressed the judge that he asked her to contact him to arrange a mini pupillage!
"Rebecca and Tom should be commended for their hard work and effort. They were very impressive."

Posted on Thursday 2nd January 2014

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