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    Swansea Success in Welsh National Mooting Competition 2012

    A team from Swansea Law School has beaten off stiff competition to win this year’s Welsh National Mooting Competition. The competition, now in its fourth year, took place in Cardiff Law School in March. The Swansea victory was all the more impressive given that the winning team comprised of two first year law students, neither of whom had previous experience of mooting competitively. Caralyn Duignan of Lexis-Nexis, the competition’s sponsors, described this year’s competition as ‘a fierce one … and highly entertaining on a spectator level’.   


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    Chris Dawes, Alicia Payne, Leah Ellison and David Leach (left to right)


    The winning Swansea team comprised of Leah Ellison and Alicia Payne, both first year single honours Law students. In the competition, they took on last year’s champions, Cardiff, in the first round, and a supremely competent team from the Open University in round two. Once the scores for rounds one and two were in, Swansea met Cardiff again in the final round. The mooting was judged by legal practitioners from local charity, Asylum Justice. The standard of mooting at this year’s competition was extremely high. The Swansea team were particularly impressive in that they competed entirely without reliance on written notes. They also had the confidence and quick-wittedness to deal effectively with judicial interjections.

    Leah and Alicia’s introduction to mooting came in October when they, along with all incoming first year Law students, were put into teams to prepare for a ‘mini-moot’. Each team competed against another, with their submissions and performance being judged by academic staff at the Law School. The exercise was designed to introduce all our students to mooting, and to give them an early taste of legal research and legal argument. All undergraduate Law students were then given the opportunity to apply for the Advocacy Training Programme run this year by the Student Law Society. The twenty successful applicants embarked on an intensive training programme run by Law Society president Chris Dawes and Swansea alumnus, Andrew Perkins. The team were trained and supported in their legal research skills by Swansea graduate and current LLM student, David Leach. The advocacy skills demonstrated by the Swansea team at this year’s Welsh National competition were a testament to the high standard of training the team had received and to the hard work put in by all involved.   

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