The Debating Advocacy Mooting (and) Presentation Society activities are now well underway. First year students have commenced with the development of their debating skills. The sessions are being run by Hayley Whitaker a 2009 law graduate, barrister at law (non-practising) who is currently studying for a PhD at the University.

These sessions culminate in the first year debating competition, which offers a first prize of £100. The students will then move on to practice and develop their advocacy skills with bail applications, pleas in mitigation and mock trials.

The 2nd and 3rd year students are involved in mooting. Mooting is the conduct of legal argument on a given legal problem in either the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court. It is through this format that students compete against law students from other universities in various national competitions. This year the Law School has entered four of these national competitions. The Law School also organises its own small regional competition in January, sponsored by LinenHall Barristers Chambers in Chester. The mooting season ends in March with our internal mooting competition.

Considering The Law School is quite small compared with other university Law Schools, we have been very successful: reaching the finals and semi-finals of the OUP Mooting competition in consecutive years; the last 16 of the ESU mooting competition on 2 occasions; and we were the winners of the Inner Temple mooting competition in 2011. Students are very much encouraged to join in with these advocacy activities.