Two law students demonstrated their ability to argue compellingly and think on their feet by becoming The College of Law in Guildford’s mooting champions for 2009.
Gita Chakravarty and Nicola Campbell-Clause battled through four tough rounds of challenging legal argument before being crowned the winners in the finals, which were judged by two local district judges and a circuit judge.
Guildford College of Law students Nicola Campbell-Clause (left) and Gita Chakravarty celebrate becoming 2009 mooting champions.
They are both studying the Graduate Diploma in Law at The College of Law, a course which gives non-law graduates an entry route into the legal profession.
Mooting tests the advocacy skills of students, who argue a fictitious case and demonstrate use of case law during simulated court proceedings. It demands the ability to think quickly and argue compellingly, and the winner is decided on the merits of how they present their case and apply the law to the particular set of circumstances.
During the competition students had to grapple with the finer points of constitutional, contract, tort and criminal law and earlier rounds were judged by practicing barristers from Guildford Chambers.
Helen Carter, Head of Mooting at The College of Law, Guildford, said: “By the semi final the quality of presentation and legal argument was outstanding and the battle for places in the final was fierce. The two teams that reached the final were of such high calibre that it took judges a long time to choose between them.”
The winners were presented with £400 worth of vouchers, courtesy of the competition sponsors, legal publisher LexisNexis, while runners up Chris Kelly and Stephanie Orme each received vouchers worth £200.
Nicola Campbell-Clause said: “The competition was challenging from start to finish, with each round becoming increasingly more complex and demanding. Therefore, it was a huge sense of accomplishment and relief to reach the finals and win. This experience should be helpful as I continue my training towards becoming a barrister.”
Her team-mate Gita Chakravarty added: ”The competition was very challenging and we were delighted to win. We have both learnt a great deal about advocacy from the experience, which is something we will take with us into our professional life.”
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