Hertfordshire Law School have won their first ever international mooting competition, after securing a win at the Thomas A. Finlay Inter-Varsity Moot Competition at University College Dublin on 7 April.
The University of Hertfordshire’s mooting team, which comprises of Abigail Strich and Natasha Towsey won the competition after beating off stiff competition from the University of Law in the final.
The University of Hertfordshire had two teams in the competition, who competed against each other in the semi-final with the other team from the University of Hertfordshire, students Natasha Pensado and Samantha Gora, securing third place in the competition.
Penny Carey, Dean of Hertfordshire Law School said: 'We are incredibly proud that both our teams placed in this international competition; our double win shows the high calibre of students we have here at the University of Hertfordshire.
'I would also like to congratulate moot master Vijaiya Poopalasingham who has spent many hours helping the teams to prepare for the competition, which alongside our accredited mooting course prepared the teams for success. We hope this is the beginning of many more wins for the University of Hertfordshire.'
A ‘moot’ is a technical legal argument on hypothetical facts, made before a real judge, in the setting of the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court. Two opposing teams of two mooters each spend a few weeks researching their clients’ case and then come to our full-sized replica Crown courtroom to make an oral application on controversial and difficult points of law. The judge hears both sides’ arguments before declaring a winner.
Hertfordshire Law School boasts a large mooting team, with upwards of 100 students involved in the internal competition each year. Our mooting course, which is recognised through the University’s Go Herts award, prepares our students for practice, and makes them better law students while at university.
Natasha Towsey, member of the winning team said: 'I feel so proud to have represented Hertfordshire Law School in this competition. It’s helped me to develop my advocacy, team work and time management skills but I took away much more than that. The greatest thing this competition taught me was to always have courage of conviction; it can go a long way!'
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