Mooting Competition

Staff from Lanyon Bowdler were proud to judge the final of the 2019 Regional Schools Mooting Competition at the University of Wolverhampton in April. This involved students from Thomas Telford School, Madeley Academy and Sutton Coldfield Grammar School.

The students were asked to prepare both prosecution and defence cases in respect of a complicated legal scenario where the defendant was being prosecuted for murder following perpetrating an acid attack on a victim. Whilst the victim did not die as a direct result of the acid attack, the impact of this attack later led to the victim committing suicide. This gave rise to a central question of whether the defendant should be considered to have killed the victim and as such to be culpable for manslaughter.

The students did amazingly well and presented a number of interesting and well-researched arguments. This resulted in an excellent mooting competition, of which the winners were Sophia Teague and Rhiannon Griffith from Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.

Building up your legal experience

For any student interested in a legal career, mooting competitions along with mock trials represent an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into legal work and to start developing the skills that you will need as part of that career. Law is an increasingly competitive field and being able to demonstrate a passion for the subject and relevant skills is very important in terms of making yourself stand out from the crowd.

Lanyon Bowdler regularly run mock trials for local schools. Please contact Lucy Speed or Holly Edwards at Lanyon Bowdler if you are interested in finding out more. If you are interested in legal work experience, applications for 2020 are being accepted until 15 January 2020 and can be sent to enclosing your CV and cover letter.