Competitions

About

The Society hosts four internal competitions including negotiation, mooting and debating and commercial awareness annually. Our competitions are open to all of our members, regardless of year group. Previous experience is not necessary for any of the competitions, as the Committee will host taster sessions, workshops and feedback sessions following every round. Each competition has a prize thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. 

Negotiation 

What is a negotiation? 

In all works of life and in everyday business transactions, parties are always in negotiations. Whether to set up some form of commercial deal or to resolve a dispute, negotiation and other forms of dispute resolution are on the rise. In response to this, the Law Society is offering members the chance to get practical experience of negotiations in both competitive and non-competitive settings. Negotiation teaches members how to be tactical, how to compromise and how to create intuitive new solutions that are outside the box, and all of these are key transferrable skills to any kind of law or business-orientated career.

Annually we send the winners to compete in external negotiations against students from other Universities.  

Mooting

Debating

What is Mooting?

Mooting encompasses all forms of legal advocacy and mock trials. Whether in the form of a fiction legal appeal in the higher courts, or a cross examination of witnesses in criminal trials, Mooting allows students to work on their legal research and presentation skills in a challenging but highly rewarding environment.  The Stone Shield Mooting Competition  is the biggest advocacy competition held at the University of Lincoln, exclusively for Law Society members. Named after Professor Richard Stone, the SSMC pits teams of two students against each other across three rounds to compete to have their names engraved upon the coveted Stone Shield on display within the Law School, to leave their mark on the history of mooting at Lincoln. In the competitions inaugural year, our finalists had the honour of presenting their legal arguments in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to Baroness Hale of Richmond. 

In 2020, the Society was selected to yet again host their final in the Supreme Court, beating the applications of over 40 other Universities and Societies. 

Debating

What is Debating?

The University of Lincoln Debating competition has recently been restructured to a similar format of the British Parliamentary Debating structure. The competition enables our members to debate contentious and contemporary issues. 

The Debating Competition has been a fantastic competition this year with all of the judges being extremely impressed by each of the participants.

Anyone can get involved as no prior experience is required!