In the Michaelmas term, lawyers from Collas Crill give a presentation to Lower Sixth students about the benefits of taking part in a legal debate called a Moot. This is a ‘mock-trial’ competition in which pairs of students use real legal principles and case law to argue opposing sides to a fictional legal scenario in a mock courtroom setting.
Students gain valuable insight into the legal processes of prosecution and defence through a series of competitions, culminating in a semi-final when both sides of a case is heard by a senior lawyer or judge and the winning team is announced. In 2014, the judge was former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Rt. Hon. Lord Harry Woolf. Advice is given by local lawyers at the after-school sessions held in several local schools.
The Collas Crill Shield is awarded to the winning school as well as individual trophies for the winning pair. All participants will be awarded with certificates of participation.
"For those students looking to pursue a career in law, the Moot offers a great first taste of what to expect from their future studies and career. Even for those students not looking to pursue a legal career, the Moot provides an invaluable opportunity to improve upon their communication, presentation, research and analysis skills." Collas Crill associate Alex Wickens