Law students head to national finals of criminal advocacy competition

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

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Students studying the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Oxford Brookes University will compete in the national finals of the leading national criminal advocacy competition this month.

Bramble Badenach-Nicolson and Carola Binney qualified for the competition finals in June and will now go up against seven other teams on the weekend of 21-22 July.

The University of Hertfordshire / Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition involves students undertaking a series of pre-trial applications and mock trials, where teams conduct examination-in-chief and cross-examination of witnesses, as well as delivering opening and closing speeches. The aim is to introduce undergraduates and GDL students to day-to-day criminal advocacy activities and skills.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law and joint team coach said: “Competing in advocacy competitions greatly enhances student employability and allow students to gain invaluable skills in mock court room settings.

Competing in advocacy competitions greatly enhances student employability and allow students to gain invaluable skills in mock court room settings.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law, Oxford Brookes University

“I’m extremely proud of all of our students’ efforts this year throughout various competitions and wish Bramble and Carola the best of luck for the National Criminal Advocacy Competition.”

The School of Law at Oxford Brookes University regularly enters its students into mooting and advocacy competitions as part of its range of co-curricular activities aimed to promote graduate employability.

Oxford Brookes University GDL students have performed exceptionally well in recent national mooting competitions and client interviewing competitions. In March, Helena Goddard and Chris Wells won the National Client Interviewing Competition of England and Wales 2018. During the competition, teams are observed and judged on criteria like interpersonal skills and their ability to handle a legal problem.

After winning the national final, Chris said: “When I met our fellow competitors I realised that the quantity and quality of training and coaching we had received was on a different level. I am so grateful to our lecturer Marc Howe for setting aside so much of his time for us, and applying his years of experience to forming the two of us into successful interviewers. We also received a huge amount of support from the GDL cohort, giving feedback and time to help us train. I would definitely encourage future students to enter the competition – it was a great experience."

More information about studying Law at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Law webpages.

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Pictured: (Top image, left to right) Bramble Badenach-Nicolson, Richard Latham QC and Carola Binney. (Bottom image) Chris Wells and Helena Goddard.