COMPETITONS GUIDE BOOK

MOOTING

Mooting. verb. A moot is a simulated court proceeding where student teams are assigned a client who has found themselves in a contemporaneous legal conundrum. As their advocates it will up to you to convince the appeal judge that the law favours your case. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court. The world of Mooting allows you to banter with judges and verbally negotiate your way around legal issues in a court room setting

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CLIENT INTERVIEWING

The Client Interviewing Competition consists of teams of two and is open to students of all years. The Competition provides a great opportunity for students to develop their inquiry skills and general professional etiquette in a simulated interview environment. It is a good way for them to get a feel for interviewing and to meet other law students. The competition is challenging in that it requires students to draw upon their knowledge of different areas of law and their interpersonal skills in difficult situations.

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NEGOTIATION

In today’s fast paced world over 90% of legal disputes are being settled outside of court using various forms of assisted dispute resolution such as negotiation. This statistic makes the perfection of the subtle art of negotiation an essential skill for all lawyers to possess in order to thrive in both the private and public sectors.

Negotiation at a university competition level helps students to acquire and develop a variety of skills such as listening, communicating, teamwork, research and self evaluation. Each negotiation runs for 30 minutes with additional time allowed for individual team reflection and evaluation and feedback with the judges. Each round should therefore last for approximately one hour.

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WITNESS EXAMINATION

Have you ever dreamed of standing up in court screaming “I Object!” or convincing a witness that he really “Can’t handle the truth!”? Then here is your chance! Wit-Ex is a courtroom style examination of a witness where competitors act as legal counsel advocating the needs of their client/witness. It is held in a mock-court setting in front of a judge or a number of judges and is centred around the rules of evidence and legal practice. (Don’t let that scare you though! No prior knowledge of evidence law is required; you have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain!)

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PAPER PRESENTATION

Your idea. Your paper. Our platform. If you have a paper that covers an area of law, then submit it to our paper presentation competition. The paper will also be accompanied by a presentation, and the winner has the chance to represent Newcastle at a National level!

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UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

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