The Inn runs five annual competitions in public speaking (Crowther Shield), advocacy (Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize), mooting (Inter-Provider Mooting Competition and the Internal Moot) and debating (Lincoln's Inn Debating Shield) for Lincoln's Inn members. Participation in these competitions has proven fantastic experience for future barristers and excellent CV material.
Inter-Provider Mooting Competition
Preliminary selection rounds will be held for Lincoln's Inn students at the BPTC Providers, using a speed-mooting system. The two highest scoring students will go through to represent their Provider in the later rounds, when the teams are pitted against each other to decide the winner.
Selection for those at London Providers will be held at the Inn the evening of Monday 11th December and selection for those at Providers outside of London will be organised locally by your Lincoln's Inn Student Representatives.
The Finals will be held at the Inn on Saturday 24th February 2018. All of those who would like to participate must be available on this date.
Crowther Shield Public Speaking Competition
This competition gives students an opportunity to present a plea in mitigation on behalf of an historical or fictional character under timed conditions. Previous cases used include Guy Fawkes (conspiracy to cause an explosion), Lady Macbeth (soliciting a murder) and Goldilocks (burglary and criminal damage).
The competition will be held the evening of Tuesday 16th January 2018. Selection for this competition is via ballot.
This years winner was Tommy Seagull representing Lady Macbeth.
Gluckstein Advocacy Prize
This is a competition to award the Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize for the best advocate at the Inn, and is open to current BPTC students and pupil barristers. The competition will be held on TBC. Those who participate and stay for at least another two rounds following knock out will be accredited with one Qualifying Session.
Selection for this prize will be by ballot, the ballot for this competition will open at the end of Hilary term. Please only enter the ballot once; entering multiple times will not improve your chances of being selected and will be deleted. Please note, if you have already participated in the competition in previous years you are not eligible to enter the ballot.
Lincoln's Inn Debating Shield
This is an internal debating competition to find the top debating team in the Inn. Team selection will be held at the last Debating Club meeting of Hilary term taking place on Monday 5th March. Participants must attend this Debating Club Workshop should they wish to be selected for the finals.
The finals of the Debating Shield will be held at the Inn's rooms at 33, Chancery Lane on Tuesday 24th April 2018.
Lincoln’s Inn Internal Mooting Competition
This competition is in the format of a moot court. It consists of three rounds, spread across the academic year. Prospective participants must submit a skeleton argument, and if selected, attend each subsequent round to which they progress. These will be held during mooting club meetings in the (First Round - Tuesday 23rd January), (Second Round - Tuesday 27th February), the final later in Hilary term TBC.
The competition was first designed and run, in its current form, in the 2016–2017 academic year. The moot problem for the final round of the 2016/17 competition can be found here.
The factual scenario for each round involves making an appeal on two separate grounds, either in the Court of Appeal or in the Supreme Court. There are two sides in each appeal: Appellant and Respondent. Each side is represented by a Senior and a Junior Counsel. Thus, each participant deals with one ground of appeal, making submissions under it. The Competition Handbook for last year can be found here.