Since hosting the internationally prestigious European Law Moot Court Competition in 2008 and 2009, we have, year-on-year, developed our suite of internal competitions. Run by Bangor Law School and the Student Legal Advocacy Society, the purpose of these internal contests is to ready students for entry into national and international moots. We currently have ten internal moot competitions:
McLaren Criminal Law Moot
Named in honour of Mrs Ann McLaren, a former Lecturer in Law at Bangor Law School, the McLaren Criminal Law Moot has been organised annually by the Student Legal Advocacy Society since 2008-2009. It is the oldest and largest of all our internal competitions. Heard in English and co-sponsored by BPP Law School and Linenhall Chambers in Chester, the competition is open to second and third year LLB law students, with opportunities for first year students to engage with the competition as supporting researchers.
The subject matter of the problem scenario always pertains to criminal law, most commonly homicide. The preliminary rounds take place on campus, with the final being heard at Caernarfon Crown Court before guest judges, Mrs Ann McLaren JP and the Criminal Law and Evidence Module Leader. Previous judges include District Judges, Recorders, partners from various law firms, solicitors and barristers.
Cwpan Griffiths Welsh Moot
Named in honour of Mr Aled Griffiths, former Deputy Head of Bangor Law School, the Cwpan Griffiths Welsh Moot has been organised annually by the Student Legal Advocacy Society since 2009-2010. It is the second oldest of all our internal competitions. Sponsored by BPP Law School, the competition is open to all Welsh speaking undergraduate law students.
The preliminary rounds take place on campus, with the final being heard at Caernarfon Crown Court before guest judges, Mr Aled Griffiths (Deputy Head of School), and Mr Gwilym Owen (Solicitor Advocate). Previous guest judges include local government solicitors and barristers.
Exceptional Advocate Award
Organised annually by the School of Law and Student Legal Advocacy Society since 2011, the award has previously been sponsored by Gamlins Solicitors and BPP Law School.
The award is open to all first year undergraduates in the second semester of their studies. Students are invited to submit a two-page written skeleton argument pertaining to a fictitious scenario. The area of law is most commonly that of contract law. These are thereafter judged by Mr Gwilym Owen, Solicitor Advocate and Lecturer in Law.
Bangor University Law School Moot (BULSM)
Organised annually by the Student Advocacy Society since 2012, the BULSM is open to all undergraduate students within the Law School across all years. The subject matter of the problem question varies year on year. The preliminary rounds take place on campus in Bangor, with the final being heard at the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr and Hefin Rees QC have previously judged the final.
Bangor Law School was the first Welsh Law School to be invited to moot at the Supreme Court after its opening in 2009 (following the Constitutional Reform Act 2005).
Legal Skills First Year Moot
Organised annually by the Legal Skills team in collaboration with the Student Advocacy Society, the Legal Skills First Year Moot is open to the top scoring mooters from the SXL 1115/1116/2215 Legal Skills module. The top students are invited to present their arguments in Council Chambers before Professor Dermot Cahill (Head of School), Stephen Clear (The Law School’s Mooting Coordinator and Module Leader) and the Legal Skills team. The winners are presented prizes at the Annual Law Society Spring Ball.
JustCite Most Improved Advocate Award
Coordinated annually by Stephen Clear, the Law School’s Mooting Coordinator, the Most Improved Advocate Award recognises the achievement of a single student who’s attainment in an internal moot has improved the most when compared to their Legal Skills first year moot mark. Sponsored by JustCite and Justis Publishing the annual prize is presented at the Law Society’s Spring Ball. Previous student recipients include Thomas Eckerlsey and William Clowes.
Owen Equity and Trusts Moot
Named in honour of Mr Gwilym Owen, Solicitor Advocate and Lecturer in Law, the competition has run since 2013. It is organised annually by the Student Advocacy Society and open to all undergraduate students within the school across all years. Sponsored by Knox Solicitors, the subject matter always pertains to the law of equity and trusts. The final is judged by Gwilym Owen, alongside Andrea Knox, owner and partner at Knox Commercial.
McDermott 24 Tort Law Moot
Named in honour of Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees, Lecturer in Law, the competition has run since 2013. It is organised annually by the Student Advocacy Society and open to all undergraduate students within the school across all years. The subject matter always pertains to the law of tort. Upon receiving the case, teams have just 24 hours to prepare all of the written submissions (which are submitted one hour in advance of the moot) and to prepare their oral arguments for the following day. The competition has previously been judged by Dr McDermott Rees and Mr Hugh Davis, Senior Partner from Carter Vincent LLP.
Bangor University's Talent Opportunities (TOP) Mooting
Organised each year during June and July, Talent Opportunities (TOP) Moots are open to secondary schools across the North Wales region. Taking place on campus within the Law School, the sessions are designed to give 14-16 year olds an introduction to advocacy and mooting skills; while also affording them an opportunity to gain an insight into what it is like to be a law student.
Bangor University's Talent Opportunities Programme (TOP) is now in its 13th year of operation, raising the aspirations of school pupils across North Wales as well as raising their awareness of Higher Education and what it has to offer them. In line with the Welsh Assembly Government's targets, TOP aims to widen participation into Higher Education. During 2009-2010, 13 schools across North Wales, and over 1,500 Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils, participated in the programme.
Bangor Law School's Legal English Summer School Moot
Every summer the Law School offers practising overseas lawyers, especially those from Civil Law jurisdictions, a unique opportunity to benefit from the School’s expertise, professionalism and sense of intellectual enquiry, and take part in its prestigious and renowned Common Law “Summer School” with a core focus on Legal English training. Given Law’s international nature, a strong grasp of Legal English is vital in order to realistically compete in today’s global job market and to enable career progression within the legal profession. Indeed, law has its own specific terminology and overseas lawyers who attend have the opportunity to refresh existing knowledge and also learn new terminology.
Organised each year in August by Stephen Clear, Bangor Law School’s Mooting Coordinator, Summer School participants are afforded the opportunity to put their Legal English into practice in a mock court simulation. The problem scenario is most commonly in the area of the criminal law of England and Wales. In conjunction with the Mooting Skills workshops, tuition, and mock trials, participants are also afforded the opportunity to gain practical insights into the legal profession of England and Wales by visiting the Crown Courts in either Manchester or Liverpool.