• Law students win a national mooting competition

    8 April 2009


    Three part-time students from The College of Law in Chester are celebrating after winning the Weekly Law Reports Annual Mooting Competition, a prestigious national legal debate.

    Suzanne Mansfield, Amritpal Bachu and Abby Younis successfully saw off stiff competition from Birmingham City University in a close run final contest. The competition was judged by The Right Honourable Lord Justice Dyson and His Honour Judge Chambers QC and was held in the Pensions Room at Gray’s Inn, London.

    Three part-time students from The College of Law in Chester after winning the Weekly Law Reports Annual Mooting Competition, a prestigious national legal debate.

    Three part-time students from The College of Law in Chester after winning the Weekly Law Reports Annual Mooting Competition, a prestigious national legal debate.

    The main objective of The Weekly Law Reports Mooting Competition is to encourage advocacy skills of future practitioners by demonstrating use of case law by students in a practical environment.

    Mooting tests the skills of advocates arguing a fictitious case. It demands the ability to think quickly and argue compellingly, and the winner is decided on the merits of case presentation.

    Suzanne Mansfield, a part time GDL student at the College, said: “I’m so proud that we won the mooting finals. The mooting competition has been incredible rewarding and it’s great the College can offer such great training. It’s definitely made the law ‘real’ to me and has cemented my desire to enroll on the Bar Vocational Course.

    “I would encourage anyone who is interested in advocacy to give it a go – but be prepared for lots of hard work!”

    Amritpal Bachu, also a part time GDL student at the College of Law, said: “The mooting competition has been really inspiring. The process of undertaking legal research, standing in front of a judge and presenting a compelling argument has taught me how to prepare for court.”

    Tricia Chatterton, regional director of the College of Law, said:

    “The team are fantastic ambassadors for the College and we’re delighted with their success in such a coveted national contest. It’s great to see that their training has been put to good use.”

    The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course is available for non-law graduates to gain entry into the legal profession. The course is run on a full or part time basis at all seven College of Law sites in Manchester, Chester, Birmingham, York, Chester, Guildford and Bloomsbury and Moorgate in London. The course is designed and taught by qualified lawyers and is the preferred choice for Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb, Clifford Chance, Halliwells, Linklaters and Pinsent Mason who send all their trainees to the College for their GDL.

    The Bar Vocational Course (BVC) is run from The College of Law in Birmingham and London and aims to help students secure a pupilage, offering all-round skills and expertise to be a first-class barrister. These skills can be applied at the Bar or beyond and past students of the College have gone on to work for The United Nations, the European Parliament, the Civil Service or become solicitor-advocates.

    Further information

    Contact Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk).