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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 please contact the Debating Club or Mooting Club.

Students can claim two qualifying sessions if they attend a total of four club meetings throughout the year (either through Mooting, Debating or a combination of both). Club meetings are free to attend, however students will be required to pay £20 to receive their two qualifying sessions. Payment will be organised at the end of each term following the last club meeting that term and eligible students will be informed via email regarding payment information. There is no obligation for students to claim for qualifying sessions if they do not wish to, and they are still very welcome to attend club meetings.

Mooting Club 

Debating Club 

Monday 4th February

Monday 21st January

Tuesday 5th March

Wednesday 13th February

Tuesday 19th March

Student Competitions

The Inn runs six annual competitions 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

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).

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.

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 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 downloaded from the right-hand side of this page.

Student Law Journal

Call for papers

The newly established Lincoln’s Inn Student Law Journal is a fantastic opportunity for students to add a publication to their CVs and pupillage applications.


  • Those submitting an entry must be a current student member of Lincoln’s Inn.
  • Submissions can either be legal essays/articles or case-notes.
  • The word limit is 3000 words. Footnotes are included in the word count, but bibliography is not.
  • All entries must conform to the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA)


  • Call for papers: Wednesday 5th September 2018
  • Deadline for submission: Monday 10th December 2018
  • Selection & Results: January 2019

Submissions can be on any legal area of interest. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of Benchers and barristers and the panel will select the top entries to be included in the journal. Not all essays will be selected for the journal. After selection, the journal will be published online and hard copies will be 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 the student will receive £100 as prize money. Please note, students who have their essay selected for the journal will be required to sign a plagiarism declaration before publication.

Entries have now closed for this academic year and students should have been informed of the outcome.

Competition Dates & Entry


Ballot Entry or Selection Night

Date of Final

Crowther Shield Public Speaking Competition

Current BPTC student members.

The ballot has now closed.

Wednesday 16 January 2019.

Inter-Provider Mooting Competition

Current BPTC student members.

  • London BPTC Providers – selection on Thursday 13 December.
  • Outside of London BPTC Students – selection arranged by Student Representatives.

Saturday 9 March 2019.

Debating Shield Competition

Student members of the Inn.

Selection on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the final Debating Club Workshop.

Tuesday 2 April 2019.

Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize

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

The ballot has now closed.

Saturday 8 June 2019.

Internal Mooting Competition

Student members of the Inn.

  • Round 1 – Michaelmas term.
  • Round 2 – Hilary term.

Round 3 – To be announced.


Student Law Journal

Student members of the Inn.

  • Call for papers – Wednesday 5 September 2018.
  • Deadline for submission – Monday 10 December 2018.

The results were announced in January 2019.