Bristol Law Club organises three internal competitions including mooting, negotiation and debating annually.  Most of our  competitions are open to members from all degree disciplines, year groups and abilities. The competitions include a number of training sessions and networking opportunities with our sponsors. We also host a number of intervarsity competitions with other student law societies. 

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First-Year Sign Up: Closed

Second-Year Applications: Open January 2018

Final-Year Applications: Closed

Post Graduate Applications: Closed


What is a Moot?

Mooting is essentially a mock trial complete with legal arguments, court etiquette and a judge. In the Mooting Competition members are given the opportunity to showcase their advocacy skills, progressing all the way to the final, which is judged by an external judge or partners from the sponsoring firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Opportunities such as work experience at the firm or work shadowing are among the prizes given to the best advocates of the competition.

Mooting combines the academic component of legal discussion, which will be entirely based on your law course serving as great revision, with an amazing social scene. After every mooting round, 3-course meals at local restaurants serve as a great way to get to know your law course peers in a more relaxed setting.

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First-Year Applications: Closed

Second-Year Applications: Open January 2018

Final-Year (incl. Post-Grads) Applications: Closed




What is a negotiation?

Negotiation is essentially where two sides to a commercial deal with different objectives come together and attempt to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. Negotiation exercises are commonly used in interviews, open days and vacation schemes by law firms. The competition is designed to give you the chance to build excellent skills that you will use not only at law firms or in commercial law, but in all walks of life. 

The main aims and learning objectives of this competition are to give students an idea of how to successfully negotiate, and to provide a realistic idea of the kind of issues that lawyers work on for their clients, and the challenges that are faced on the job. It's an excellent skill to have, and something you should certainly participate in if you are interested in a career in commercial law. The competition does not require hours of preparatory work and looks fantastic on your CV!



Applications for the Hunt Cup (open to all years): Closed

Applications for the new First-Year Debating Competition: Closed


What is a debate?

The Hunt Cup is an annual debating competition which enables law students from across the faculty to debate on a broad range of contemporary and contentious issues. The competition is sponsored by local leading international law firm DAC Beachcroft so there are plenty of opportunities to network throughout the competition over a drink or two with their lawyers! Although the Hunt Cup is branded as a 'competition', there is nevertheless a relatively informal social atmosphere with drinks occurring both before and after debates! Anyone is welcome to join the competition, regardless of debating experience.

The Hunt Cup has been a fantastic competition this year with all of the judges being extremely impressed by each of the participants. After an intense debate on the motion ’This house believes that the global poor would be justified in pursuing a communist revolution’. The competition was won this year by Sorcha Dervin!