Mooting provides students with hands-on experience in advocacy through examining a legal case. It has been a hallmark of Law Soc’s competitions and Law Soc has had a rich involvement in providing a route for its members in both internal and external competitions. Mooting comprises of two submissions, a written submission known as a memorial examining the case in detail from the side of appellant or respondent, and an oral submission where the students have a chance to practice their advocacy by presenting their argument to a judge who will question them on their argument. Mooting provides practical legal court room experience and a greater level of engagement with legal issues for students.
As lawyers, we all like a bit of a challenge, and what better way to feed that hunger than to participate in a Mock Trial Competition? The process aims to recreate the proceedings of an actual trial, which is generally criminal in nature. Mock trial begins where actual trials begin – with a conflict or a dispute between two parties. Law Soc allows tough, dedicated and intelligent individuals a chance to show off their advocacy skills by presenting and arguing on behalf of their client.
In recent years, the competition has managed to be a huge success with over forty teams and six rounds. Each round is adjudicated by exceptional barristers with the final judged by members of the High Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. If that’s not enough, the competition offers some fantastic prizes for entrants, including an in Washington for the best speaker, as well as a cash prize for the winning team. For both the experience and accolades this competition is a must for any advocate addict
Natalie Forde Memorial Maidens
Law Soc Maidens is a competition for students in their first year of debating and culminates in the Natalie Forde Memorial Maidens Final, held in memory of former Trinity student and Law Soc Auditor Natalie Forde and sponsored in 2016 by McCann Fitzgerald. The competition runs over a few weeks with several rounds held before a break to the semi-final and then eight speakers break to the final. The winner of the competition receives a medal and a cash prize with prizes for second and third place also. The focus is on argumentation in this competition and a workshop is given by an experienced debater before the rounds begin.
Natalie Forde was the ‘self-styled’ Auditrix of the 69th Session of the Dublin Law Society. Described as the ‘loveliest and liveliest of all auditors’, she left an indelible mark on Trinity College Dublin with her spirited personality; her sense of style and her ability to turn legal and political issues of the day into lively debates.
She was bold and daring, and notorious for wearing a ‘self-made’ skirt at her first official law society public meeting, which was lined with pink netting and held together with velcro. When this fell apart upon entering the main chamber of the GMB she ripped it off, breezing past the audience and declaring ‘my skirt has fallen off, the show must go on’. Most importantly she is always described as a person of true character and true substance, who was a ‘friend of all’ -‘whether it was a nerdy first year or the cool kids of final year, Natalie somehow managed to transcend all divides’. After graduating in 2003, she joined Eversheds law firm in London and was thriving in her law career, described by one partner as, ‘one of the very best trainees we ever had’.
On Friday 28th of April 2007, at the age of 26, Natalie was the tragic victim of a police car chase in London. She is profoundly missed by so many people who had the fortune to know her.
Born Again Maidens
Born Again Maidens is a competition for students who have not broken at a debating IV or reached the final at an Irish Times or Irish Mace Competition. It is often sponsored by UK law firm Slaughter & May. This competition has more emphasis on the style of debating as well as argumentation. The competition again culminates in a Grand Final with the winner of the competition winning a much sought after internship on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and a trophy, won in 2015 by Emma O'Brien. Again, a workshop is given by an experienced debater before the rounds begin to introduce competitors to the style of debating preferred in this competition.