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 student members. Participation in these competitions has proven fantastic experience for future barristers and excellent CV material.
Crowther Shield Public Speaking Competition - Wednesday 16th January
This competition gives students the 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). Information on how to join the ballot to compete will be available in December.
Inter-Provider Mooting Competition - TBC
This competition is to find the best Mooting team from each of the BPTC providers. 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 final rounds, when the teams compete against each other to decide the winning team.
Lincoln's Inn Debating Shield - TBC
This is an internal debating competition to find the best debating team in the Inn. Team selection will be held at the final Debating Club meeting of the year (TBC). Participants must have been selected at this Debating Club Workshop in order to progress to the final. The motion will be announced on the day and the final follow the format of a “British Parliamentary Debate”.
Gluckstein Advocacy Prize - TBC
This is a competition to award the Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize for the best advocate at the Inn. It is open to current BPTC students and those up to one year Call. Competitors are asked to prepare two exercises, a mixture of criminal, civil and family, and will be allocated randomly. The competition will consist of an initial round from which the judges will select up to eight participants to compete in the final. All rounds will be held on the same Saturday.
Lincoln’s Inn Internal Mooting Competition - TBC
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 throughout the year. The competition was first designed and run, in its current form, in the 2016–2017 academic year.
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.