updated on 03 January 2017
Lucy Bennett eventually emerged as the winner from a field of 90 law students, winning a future fee discount of £6,500 from her upcoming Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and capping off a successful inaugural advocacy competition for BPP. The national competition, which involves students participating in a series of mock trials over a two-day period, is specifically aimed at undergraduates with an interest in going on to take the BPTC and pursue a career in the barristers’ profession.
Jazmine Lee, studying at the University of Leeds, was the runner up in the individual competition, while the London Open University’s Joseph Johnson took third place. Meanwhile, teams were also ranked on their overall performances, with an ‘open’ team of University of Oxford graduates claiming first place, and teams from the Universities of Cambridge and Reading taking second and third places, respectively.
Speaking after her individual victory, Bennett said: “The competition was unlike mooting or anything I have ever done before, with the emphasis being on the realities of life at the Bar. After each trial, we received great feedback from the judges and with performing so many times in quick succession, it meant we improved massively over the course of the competition. I had a great weekend and would recommend the competition to any aspiring barrister.”
Congratulations to Lucy, Jazmine, Joseph and all the teams who took part.