The Grand Final of the prestigious annual Law School Moot Court competition, kindly sponsored by A&L Goodbody (one of Europe and Ireland’s leading law firms), took place on Thursday afternoon 4th February 2016 in the Law School’s moot courtroom (the first School of Law replica courtroom in Ireland). This year’s problem scenario was based on a fictitious case regarding the purported illegal use of WI-FI signal.
Judge Tom O’Donnell of the Circuit Court presided with representatives from A&L Goodbody, Aileen Murtagh and Stephen Egan. Judge O’Donnell was particularly impressed by the students who competed in the Grand Final. Both teams received high praise for their professionalism, courtroom etiquette researching the case law and crafting their arguments, and this showed both in their written submissions and their oral arguments.
The afternoon was very well attended by both students and Faculty. Thanks to Clodagh Dunne and the UL Law Society who coordinate the organisation of the annual moot court competition with the Law School.
Congratulations to the winning team Katie Whyte and Seán Beatty, and runner-up team Alan J. McCabe, Stephen Linnane and Yuan Fang Qian. The best speaker award was made to Katie Whyte.
Dr Ger Coffey, Director of Mooting in the Law School said:
“Participation in the prestigious A&L Goodbody sponsored moot court competition is strongly encouraged. Competing in moot court competitions provides an opportunity for law students to enhance oral advocacy skills, sharpen public speaking skills, and engage in critical legal analysis. These skills are not only beneficial for future law practitioners. The ability to speak persuasively and think on your feet is invaluable in all types of legal careers.”
The Moot Court programme in UL enjoys a strong tradition of success and is earning a national reputation as one of the leading student advocacy programmes in the country.
We are very grateful to A&L Goodbody for their continued support. It is greatly appreciated.