ADVOCACY COMPETITION

We run many competitions aimed at improving oral and written advocacy. Many involve adversarial and court-like environments to prepare our members for a life at the Bar.

Contact Marianthi Baklava or Marie Schwab for more information on advocacy events.

Speed Moot

 

Students are given the moot problem and skeleton arguments 2 days before and have to create a speech from the information.

 

Finalists only had 30 minutes to prepare their final speech. The judging criteria therefore focuses more heavily on advocacy than on content of argument.

This year (2019-2020), our speed moot is sponsored by BPP 

Plea in Mitigation

 

This year (2019-2020), the University of the West of England (UWE) runs 3 of our most popular competitions: the Bail Application Competition, the Plea in Mitigation Competition and the Examination of a Witness Competition. Before each competition, UWE BPTC students host a demonstration evening in which students can get a greater understanding of what's involved.

Baill Application Competition

 

This year (2019-2020), the University of the West of England (UWE) runs 3 of our most popular competitions: the Bail Application Competition, the Plea in Mitigation Competition and the Examination of a Witness Competition. Before each competition, UWE BPTC students host a demonstration evening in which students can get a greater understanding of what's involved.

Examination of Witness

 

This year (2019-2020), the University of the West of England (UWE) runs 3 of our most popular competitions: the Bail Application Competition, the Plea in Mitigation Competition and the Examination of a Witness Competition. Before each competition, UWE BPTC students host a demonstration evening in which students can get a greater understanding of what's involved.

Mock Trials

 

The mock trial is unique to the Bar Society, and gives members the chance to experience realistic in-court experiences. We take part in inter-varsity competitions, the UKLSA Moot and the BPP Advocate of the Year Competition.

We also host the Annual Criminal Mock Trial. Counsel are chosen from the winners of previous competitions throughout the year and we members play the parts of jurors, witnesses, usher and clerk.

Judicial Review Moot

 

This competition focuses on an area covered by First Year LLB students in the 'Constitutional Rights' module. It will aim to increase awareness of the process whilst improving oral advocacy.

It takes the format of a moot and will cover the main issues of standing, grounds and remedies. 

This year (2019-2020), our Judicial Review Moot is sponsored by Honourable Society of Gray's Inn

Essay Writing

 

Written advocacy is as important as oral advocacy.

This is a new competition that the Bar Society will be organising. 

Debate

 

Members will be paired up with a partner to engage in arguments about a particular topic against the other team. It allows members to hone their ability to think on their feet.

This is a new competition that the Bar Society will be organising. 

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