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Seniors Project - S3 through S6

Up to 5 Projects

The Seniors, unlike the Juniors Project, is run outwith school hours. The tutorials run for 7 weeks, starting late August, usually from 4.30pm to 6pm before intermediary trials during late October / early November in courts within each school's region. The semi-finals will take place in Glasgow and the finals will be heard in the Lord President's Court (Court of Session) before The Rt. Hon Lady Dorrian, The Lord Justice Clerk - Scotland's second most senior judge. After the Finals all students gather for the black-tie Awards Ceremony in the Signet Library in early November.

The Senior's project is much more academic. The roles of gown maker, artist etc have been removed and the size of each team is reduced to between four to eight students. This upcoming academic year sees the introduction of more disciplines to work with covering a range of professional areas, from medicine to prosthetics, to bio-chemistry, neuroscience and the environment. Each school must submit two teams (or a multiple thereof), one Defender and the other Pursuer, although these teams compete against other schools, not each other.

The case surrounds a personal injury type action and a possible claim for injuries and loss of earnings. The students have to work through a mountain of paperwork to try and ascertain the relevant facts and then consider the law applicable. Students have access to their tutors each week as well as over a secure forum. Students are also offered an opportunity to an 'Away Day' to add to the realism of the project. This visit enables the students to learn not only the science behind the project but, subject to the weather etc., see it in action.

This is an extremely demanding project in that students are expected to not only attend weekly tutoring sessions and the trials, but also to carry out a great deal of work outwith these times and to submit documents (via the website) timeously.

Details of the fee and how to register are available from our Administration Team. Formal registration was done online, accessed from our home page, although the period registrations are open for is often limited as we are usually over subscribed.

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Studies Programme

This is being trialed in Edinburgh, and if successful, will be rolled out to other regions in Scotland, although some schools have already asked for Skype type access for this year (being considered). This year we have been extremely fortunate to have two advocates who will tutors legal studies. The course will run for eight weeks.

Students do not have to be enrolled in the Mock Court Programme to take part in the Studies Programme


Mock Court International 2020

Following the very successful trip to the Hague in January 2018, where a selected team were taken to compete against some 13 other countries, and the trip to New York to compete in the first ever Trans-Atlantic Competition in the Federal Courts, we would like to return the favour to the schools we meet along the way.

Working with both Edinburgh University and Glasgow University, it is hoped to run a mock court competition in the style of a proof in January 2020. Further details will be sent to the schools involved in either the mock court or studies programme after the start of the new academic year.

The International Moot Court is likely to be held in Poland this year and consideration is being given to sending a team to represent Scotland and the UK.

International competitions are only open to students taking part in either the Mock Court Programme or the Studies Programme and students may have to go through a selection process.