Westminster Kingsway College Access to Law students take part in a legal ‘moot’ at the Royal Courts of Justice
22 March 2011
Access to Law students at Westminster Kingsway College have for the first time taken part in a 'moot' at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London. A „moot‟ court is an extracurricular activity in which law students take part in simulated court proceedings, usually to include drafting briefs and participating in oral argument.
The „moot‟ court with the students from Westminster Kingsway College involved arguing points of law surrounding the issues of defamation and the publishing of potentially defamatory articles regarding senior political figures. The „moot‟ was presided over by leading barrister, John Walsh of the Doughty Street Chambers, renowned for its cutting edge work in human rights law.
The Access to Law students from Westminster Kingsway College demonstrated excellent „mooting‟ skills and the four students who also received an additional award for their outstanding performance during the moot were: Bharat Singh, Farhana Khanom, Adrian Pizzuto and Rashmi Vara.
Access to Law student Farhana Khanom said: “It was great to have the moot in the Royal Courts of Justice, to really get a feel for what it would be like arguing in a real case.” Fellow student Brian Murfitt said: “It was an exceptional opportunity to practice advocacy in one of the highest courts in the land.”
Westminster Kingsway College Access to Law lecturer, Louise Bowyer said: “We had 40 students taking part in the moot debate, and the quality of the legal arguments and presentation skills by the students was extremely high. We were thrilled that the day was such a success, which was down to the students themselves and the invaluable contribution of barrister, John Walsh, who was impressed by the standard of the mooting and was able to give some extremely useful feedback to the students.”
Access to Higher Education courses are designed to prepare older students for Higher Education by drawing on previous experience and lead to a nationally recognised qualification for entry onto a degree course. The Access to Law course at Westminster Kingsway College runs a daytime and evening programme with students preparing for Law Studies at many top ranked universities and law schools.
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