Thursday 17 May 2012
Students from the School of Law at the University of Surrey have updated the traditional mooting competition to better prepare themselves for the world of work. The mooting competition is a feature of most Law schools and students from Surrey have consistently done well in regional and national events. But Emile Mcharsky-Todoroff, the Student Law Society’s Legal Professions Officer, felt it just didn’t represent the real life courtroom experience.
“Most mooting events see teams of students taking on the roles of senior and junior counsel to argue a case in front of a judge,” He explained, “The new Surrey format sees one member of the team taking on the role of solicitor and one the role of barrister, much closer to how the English system works, and benefiting students aiming to be solicitors as well.”
The finals of the first Mooting Plus competition ran alongside the more traditional mooting competition with Jonathan Stowell (Barrister) and Emily Burrett (Solicitor) taking the title. Feedback from the competing students and from their judges has been very positive so hopes are high that Mooting Plus is here to stay.