Pepperdine University School of Law will present the bi-annual Middle Temple Moot Court Competition from Sept. 8 to 9 in Malibu, California. One team of Middle Temple "mooters" will go against a Pepperdine team on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and another team will compete on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. For more than a decade, Pepperdine has hosted the Middle Temple Moot Court and Gray’s Inn competitions in alternate years in conjunction with the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple.
Open to all law students, the Middle Temple Moot Court Competition provides a valuable experience to students. “Originally, hundreds of years ago, mooting provided the main training for lawyers,” said Christa Richmond, the Deputy Under Treasurer of Education at the Middle Temple, in London, England.
“Nowadays, it is one of many tools for students to obtain the necessary legal skills. Those participating will benefit from analyzing the case law, presenting their case, and having to deal with the judges’ interventions. Those observing will benefit from seeing how the material needs to be handled in court. Observers will not usually have had the benefit of studying either the case or the corresponding authorities themselves, so they will depend on what they are hearing, which will teach them the need for clarity and logical thought,” she says.
Christa Richmond will travel to Pepperdine with Bernard Richmond, QC, who was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Middle Temple in 1988. Appointed a recorder at the age of 36, he was elected a bencher (member of the governing body of the Middle Temple) in 2005 and appointed a QC in 2006. He practices in criminal defense and teaches advocacy.
During the two competitions, students from both teams will be provided with closed library cases before arguing their case before several judges.
The Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, commonly known as Middle Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers. Located in the wider Temple area of London, near the Royal Courts of Justice and within the city of London, Middle Temple provides education and support for new members of the English legal system through advocacy training, the provision of scholarships, subsidized accommodation, and by providing events where junior members may meet their senior colleagues for help and advice.
For more than 28 years, Pepperdine’s London Program has been approved by the American Bar Association. The program offers a seven-week summer program, in addition to the fall semester. Located in the Knightsbridge and South Kensington area of London, the program offers core American law requirements and a variety of elective international and comparative law courses, in addition to competing in a Moot Court with trainee barristers from the Inns of Court.
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For more information on the competition, contact Patty Hayes.