Law students at the University of Leicester are being judged on their advocacy skills in a courtroom contest.
Mock trials have been heard with 60 would-be barristers prosecuting and defending in cases during 1999. The sponsor is top London law firm Freshfields which will provide one of three judges in the Moot Court at the University in the finals of the competition on Friday 19 November.
Third-year student Anna Farley has been co-ordinating the annual event and is also legal counsel for the respondent in the final round which is based on medical law and concerns a girl injured in an accident who is allegedly made worse by action taken in hospital.
"This is the final case in seven rounds which have been held in the Law Department. On each side is a 'senior and a junior counsel' as in a real case. The winners will be able to take part in two external mooting competitions one of which is organised by the Observer and the other by Blackstone's the legal publishers," said Anna.
The University has featured among the winners in both national contests several times in recent years including 1995 and 1977. The University's Law Department is rated by employers as being among the top 10 for graduate employment.
Visitors are welcome to attend the Moot final in the Law Department but must been in their places by 6.30 pm.
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