Law students and graduates are coming together to raise funds for a community legal advice service by holding a charitable mooting competition.
A day of mooting, fundraising and networking has been set for March, to raise funds for the National Community Law Project, co-founded by a Cardiff University graduate, and mark the return of in-person moots that offer valuable experience and relationships with the judiciary and legal professionals.
The charitable moot event will be hosted on Saturday 12 March 2022 and has been organised in collaboration with the National Community Law Project, the student-run Law Society at Cardiff University and the Cardiff Junior Lawyers Division.
The competition is open open to all law students both undergraduate and postgraduate, and will take place at Cardiff Law School. All mooters will take place in two rounds in the morning followed by the semi final and final in the afternoon for the highest scoring teams.
Can you help?
Angel Chambers has already offered a mini pupillage and a cash prize for the winners of the competition.
The competition organisers are now looking for further support in terms of providing other prizes (both for the moot and for other planned fundraising events) and for judges for the moots themselves.
In return, sponsors will be invited to take part in a ‘meet and greet’ showcase that will see them network with the students and graduates in attendance.
National Community Law Project co-director, Antonia Wilkinson, a law graduate and now Masters student at Cardiff University, said:
“It’s been awesome to see the response of students and graduates to this already. Given the events of the last two years, this event will give everyone with a much-needed opportunity not only to network but to socialise and have some fun’
“We’re looking to work with law firms, lawyers and barristers’ chambers on the event – whether that’s offering time, sponsorship or donations – to offer students a fantastic mooting experience and raise valuable funds for the Project. Please contact me today to get involved!”
About the National Community Law Project
The National Community Law Project was set up during the pandemic in order to provide information and support for those who struggle to get legal assistance while facing legal issues. It was co-founded by Daniel Onafuwa, a law graduate from Cardiff University.
Teams of law students and graduates volunteer for the Project by meeting with clients online and talking through their options with them. The Project volunteers help clients compile the facts of their case and supporting evidence in order to present them to legal professionals.
The Project has recently been forced to charge a small fee for its services to cover running costs and so have begun fundraising to cover these costs.
More information can be found here.
If you or your firm / chambers can lend its support to the competition, either as a judge or by way of sponsorship and prize-giving, please contact Antonia Wilkinson, co-director of the National Community Law Project, here.