A moot point for law students

COFFS Harbour law student hopefuls got a taste of what life in the courtroom would really be like yesterday.

Students from five local high schools made the trip to Southern Cross University in Lismore for a mock (moot) court battle as part of The Honourable John Dowd High School Mooting Competition.

The Year 11 students had prepared cases for a dispute between two cousins over the sale of memorabilia of the British Royal Family and battled it out for a shot at $500 in prizemoney.

Hosted by SCU’s School of Law and Justice, in conjunction with the SCU Law Student Society (SCULSS), head of School of Law and Justice Dr Jennifer Nielsen said the competition provided a great opportunity for high school students interested in a law career.

“We have provided them with a scenario based in the Supreme Court of New South Wales,” Dr Neilsen said.

“Each team has to prepare its case and present that to the bench, following the normal conventions of a courtroom.

“This gives the students a very real taste of what it’s like in a courtroom and we are particularly pleased to have The Chancellor John Dowd, a former Supreme Court Justice, to be on the bench for our final competition.”

The final round was judged by a distinguished bench comprised of Southern Cross University Chancellor The Hon John Dowd AOQC, the President of the Far North Coast Law Society, Mr Bill Grace and Dr Nielsen.

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