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‘Mootivational’ competition brings success for law students


Law students mooting competitionThe finalists in Robert Gordon University's annual Mooting Competition battled it out for the winning trophy last week, in an event held at the state-of-the-art mock court room facility at Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen.

Law students from all stages who are studying at Aberdeen Business School are involved in the Competition every year. Eight teams of budding legal eagles were whittled down to two for the much-anticipated final, and Robert Templeton (21) from Kintore is delighted to be part of the winning team.

The competition concentrates on the students' understanding of the law and mooting skills, and the winning team is decided based on the quality of their debating. Robert was teamed up with Katie Irving (19), from Fraserburgh, and the duo picked up the winning trophy, sponsored by Aberdeen law firm, Paull and Williamsons, as well as a cash prize.

Former Kemnay Academy pupil, Robert, said: "This is definitely one of the most challenging exercises I have taken part in as far as presentation is concerned and we are really pleased to have done so well. It has been a really good experience."

Bruce Smith, of Paull & Williamsons, added, "We are delighted to be involved once again in Robert Gordon University's Mooting Competition. This opportunity helps to prepare the students for their careers in the legal profession, allowing them to test their skills in a real courtroom setting."

Rebecca Cox, lecturer in Law at Aberdeen Business School and organiser of the Mooting Competition, concluded, "The competition poses an excellent opportunity for students to test their skills in a real courtroom setting, in front of three judges and an audience. No matter how skilled any student is in their understanding of the law, public speaking skills and confidence only come with practice and the Moots are a great way to do that."