Four current law students at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law have earned their place in the final; Henrietta Gilchrist, Felicity Hawkes, Zachariah Rooth and Thomas Plan.

All four students are set to take part in the Senior Mooting Final, which will be hosted by the Supreme Court, and will take place remotely on March 23rd from 5pm. The moot will be judged by Lord Lloyd Jones, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Henrietta, Felicity, Zachariah and Thomas have consistently worked hard, having already battled their way through five rounds of moots on land law, tort law and criminal law in order to qualify for the final.

Mooting is a key element of the suite of experiential learning on offer at the School of Law, and encourages students to argue or ‘moot’ over fictitious cases in an authentic court room surrounding, to develop their confidence, and their research, communication and advocacy skills.

As part of the process, students must analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions, and present oral argument, with the team with the most complete submission progressing in the competition.

The four students involved have also had the chance to benefit from the feedback from colleagues who, as they always do, graciously gave up their time to judge and offer comprehensive feedback, which is essential in the development of key skills that they will rely on later in their legal careers.

Speaking of the student’s achievements, Lecturer in Law and Mooting Co-ordinator for the School of Law, Matthew Parry said:

“All four students worked hard to adapt to the remote mooting environment and demonstrated a breadth of knowledge and skills to reach this stage.”

Law student Zachariah Rooth said:

"It has not been easy to get to the final, but I have enjoyed every stage of the competition and learnt so much that will help me in my endeavours to become a barrister.". 

Speaking of the opportunity to represent the School in the final Law student Henrietta Gilchrist said:

“Mooting has given an ideal opportunity to develop legal skills for the future and cement understanding of topics. Reaching the final and being given the incredible opportunity of mooting in front of Supreme Court judge, Lord Lloyd Jones is beyond any expectations I had for the years competition.”

If you’d like to find out more about the mooting opportunities on offer at the School of Law, visit our mooting website.

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