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Clubs & Competitions

Student members have the opportunity to participate in our Mooting and Debating Workshops, along with various student competitions.

Mooting & Debating Clubs

All student members of the Inn are encouraged to get involved in our Mooting and Debating Clubs. They provide excellent experience for pupillage interviews and future appearances in court, as well as networking opportunities with members of Hall. Both clubs also take part in various internal and external competitions. Competition selections are usually held during club meetings unless otherwise advertised. Most competitions are limited to those currently studying for the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) but members who are pre/post-BPTC are still very welcome to attend the club meetings. If you are a Lincoln’s Inn student member and would like to join either mailing list for the 2019/20 academic year please email the Mooting Club Secretaries or the Debating Club Secretaries.

Mooting Club 

Debating Club 

Student Competitions

The Inn runs five annual competitions for Lincoln’s Inn student members. Participation in these competitions has proven fantastic experience for future barristers and excellent CV material. Please note, participation at Inn competitions, will not count towards any qualifying sessions.

Crowther Shield Public Speaking Competition

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).

The winner for 2019/20 was Timothy Foot.

Inter-Provider Mooting Competition

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.

Debating Shield

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. 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

This is a competition to award the Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize for the best junior 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.

Student Law Journal

The Lincoln’s Inn Student Law Journal will be accepting entries for its third edition in  Michaelmas. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to add a publication to their CVs and pupillage applications.


  • Those submitting  entry must be a current student member of Lincoln’s Inn.
  • Submissions can either be legal essays/articles or legal case-notes.
  • The maximum word limit is 3000 words.
  • Only one essay entry per student.
  • Essays must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format.
  • All entries must conform to the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).
  • Footnotes are required but bibliographies are not. Footnotes are included in the word count.


Call for papers: Friday 20 September
Deadline for submission: Monday 9 December
Selection & Results: January 2021

Your submission can be on any legal area of interest. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of Benchers and barristers who will select the entries to be included in the journal. After selection, the journal will be published online with hard copies being stored in the Inn’s library. The panel will also select what, in its opinion, is the best entry which will be awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Law Journal Prize and will receive £100. Students who have an essay selected will be required to sign a plagiarism declaration before publication.

Essays written as part of a student’s degree may be submitted for selection providing:

  • The student declares that the essay has previously been submitted as part of a previous academic course in their email when they submit it to the Inn.
  • The essay is reworked as to make it currently relevant.
  • The essay has not been published anywhere.

Entries must be submitted to by the 9am on Monday 16 December 2020.

Competition Dates & Entry


Ballot Entry or Selection Night

Date of Final

Crowther Shield Public Speaking Competition

Student members of the Inn.

The ballot is now closed.

Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Inter-Provider Mooting Competition

Current BPTC student members.

  • London BPTC Providers – the teams have now been selected.
  • Outside of London BPTC Students – selection arranged by Student Representatives.

Postponed to Tuesday 21 and Monday 27 July 2020.

Debating Shield Competition

Student members of the Inn.

Selection at the final Debating Club Workshop.

Debating Shield Final on Thursday 16 July.

Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize

Members of the Inn who are up to one year post-Call.

The ballot will open in Hilary term.

Postponed – date to be confirmed.

Student Law Journal

Student members of the Inn.

  • Call for papers – September 2020.
  • Deadline for submission – December 2020.

The results for the second edition have been announced.