Law students at the University of Lincoln scored a victory in a competitive mooting against the University of East Anglia. Nichola McCarthy (31) from South Kelsey and Debbie Hough (36) from Woodhall Spa represented the university’s Law Society in the first round of the Weekly Law Reports National Mooting Competition and ran out winners by 98 – 90.
Moots are mock courtroom trials between teams of student lawyers from across the country. The series of national mooting competitions which begins in December includes the Weekly Law Reports, Oxford University Press Blackstones, The English Speaking Union, Jessop and the Midlands Mooting competition.
“We’re absolutely delighted,” said Nichola. “This is the first time we’ve taken part in a national mooting and we’ve beaten a good team, as the high scoring shows. “I think the reason we won it was because we’d done so much research on the subject. We actually won the case and the moot itself on a point of law.” Debbie Hough explained the importance of mooting competitions to would-be lawyers. “The law market is so competitive that taking part in a national competition like this will give us an edge as well as developing our confidence and law skills,” she said. “Moots are important for students who want to be called to the Bar as you need mooting and pupilage experience as well as a law degree.”