This year, we’ve scaled the content of the competitions to what you’ve learnt thus far in your studies. Rest assured knowing that the scenarios you will face will be grounded in topics you’re familiar with.
We look forward to having you participate in our Junior Competition for 2019. We’re here for you every step of the way, so please do not feel intimidated if this is your first ever legal competition- you truly have my own, and the entire LSA’s support.
-Eric Jeffery, VP Competitions 2019
Mooting is essentially a mock trial format competition. Two teams of two individuals acting as junior and senior counsel (accompanied by an optional 3rdsolicitor to help with research) will go head to head to argue differing sides of a fact scenario from legal principles.
To prepare for this competition, you will be given the facts and need to draft a written submission using the given template. You will then be given the chance to argue your submission in front of a judge who will ask you questions. This is the most esteemed competition to partake in both nationally and internationally and an experience highly sought after by employers in the legal industry.
Client interview is one of the other alternative dispute resolution competitions offered by the LSA. In this competition, your team of two will be placed in an interview format with a potential client. You will be tasked with building rapport with the client, finding the facts of the matter (including a number of secret facts), and finally offering a bit of advice based on the client’s situation.
To prepare for this competition, you will be given a short one or two sentence “email” from your legal assistant. This will give you a very brief outline of what the client said the issue was and will point you in the right direction of the law to research. Preparation for this competition is relatively minimal, with the majority of score being based on your teamwork and people-skills.
Ashurst Junior Negotiation
Negotiation is one of the most popular competitions the LSA holds. In this competition, two teams of two will negotiate an agreeable deal given a certain set of shared and secret facts. Each team will work towards getting the best outcome for their client, with points awarded based primarily on the team’s abilities to work constructively within their own team and with the opposition. The fact scenarios in the junior competition will have more of a focus on advocacy, rather than a deep understanding of the law.