Student Life at Newcastle
& extra-curricular activities
The Eldon Society
The Eldon Society is Newcastle University's student law society and is named after Lord Eldon, a famous 19th century Lord Chancellor and son of Newcastle.
The Society plays a key role in the life of the Law School. The President is automatically the Chair of our Staff/Student Committee and is a member of our Board of Studies. The Committee of the Society organises student representation in the Law School.
The Society organises many social events including an Annual Law Ball and the Graduation Ball, both prestigious events. it also organises Mooting and Client Interviewing. The Eldon Society has sports teams currently in football, hockey and netball.
The football team, "Barca Law-na", has recently enjoyed triumphal seasons in the University League. The Society joins the Law School and the Careers Service in helping at the Annual Law Fair, a law recruiting event held annually and attended by 65 law firms and professional trainers all of whom are keen to recruit our students. Finally, the Society publishes the annual Law School magazine, 'All Rise!'.
The December 2008 teaching audit report confirmed the key positive level of engagement by our students in these activities.
Visit the Eldon Society website for more, or read the Eldon Society newsletter.
Mooting is a means of gaining experience in the art of legal argument and dates back to the Middle Ages. Two teams of opposing advocates present legal arguments in a fictitious appeal before a judge who may be a senior student, a member of staff or a professional barrister, depending on the stage of the competition.
The mooting programme culminates with the senior team final which is held in the Moot Hall in Newcastle's old Assize Court built in 1809 and is judged by a prominent legal figure. In the past this has included Lord Hope, former Deputy President of the Supreme Court, and His Honour Judge Goss QC.
At this event, students, staff and sponsors are able to witness a high quality moot as well as watch the finalists and winners of the two competitions receive their prizes.
Involvement in mooting has proven to be advantageous to students.
The areas of law covered are often those which appear in examinations and preparing a moot argument has been shown to enhance students' analytical abilities. Moreover, involvement in mooting at university can be helpful when moving into the workplace as employers value the team work, discipline and public speaking experience that mooting provides.
The university enters teams into three different external competitions. These competitions allow for those who have achieved success internally to compete against other universities. In the past, our teams have achieved much success in these competitions, with the team entered into the DAC Beachcroft Mooting Shield competition reaching the quarter-finals in 2012/13.
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Mock Client Interviewing is an activity which develops inter-personal skills, team working and meeting management in the context of a fictional legal dispute. Two Client Interviewing Officers, elected by the students, are responsible for the smooth running of the various aspects of Client Interviewing at Newcastle Law School.
All first year students participate in a compulsory Client Interviewing Exercise, conducted in pairs, which enables students to interact with the local legal profession as firms of solicitors provide judges for the exercise.
The two highest-scoring pairs in the exercise participate in the Law School's Client Interviewing Finals event as the junior finalists; the senior finalists are chosen following preliminary rounds among Stage 2 and Stage 3 students.
The finals are judged by a prominent Newcastle-based solicitor.
The Law School also enters a team in The Client Interviewing Competition for England and Wales, performing well against often more experienced opposition. For further information drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The negotiating competition at Newcastle Law School was started in 2012 with only 30 teams but has now grown annually since then, with 65 teams competing in last year's competition.
In addition to the internal competition, Newcastle Law School sends several teams to national negotiating competitions and other external competitions.
A negotiation is comprised of two teams who participate as "lawyers" for each of their respective clients. The two teams have a set of common facts which detail the situation and the circumstances that have arisen to result in the conflict that the negotiation is aimed to settle. Teams also receive a set of confidential facts which are specific to each of the teams and list instructions from their respective clients. The two teams have 20 minutes in which to negotiate an agreement that will best reflect their client's demands.
The competition usually comprises of three rounds with the first round due to take place in the first few weeks of November, with a view to holding the semi-finals in December.
The competition itself pools resources from the faculty of staff at Newcastle Law School, the students themselves and our sponsors, DWF. The first round of the competition will be judged by experienced negotiators from the student body - finalists and external competitors from previous years. The latter rounds will be judged by solicitors from DWF.
ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit-making organisation run by and for students. It is comprised of students and recent graduates who are interested in academic and personal excellence in addition to their studies at their universities. ELSA offers law students a perfect platform to develop their existing skills, acquire new skills and meet fellow students and legal professionals throughout Europe.
ELSA was founded on May 4th 1981 in Vienna by students from Poland, Austria, Hungary and West Germany. The idea was to promote international contacts and mutual understanding among law students on both sides of the iron curtain. Now in 2012 ELSA has reached an age of 31 years. The network consists of 42 national groups spread all throughout Europe and some 300 local groups.
ELSA Newcastle was established in 2010. Currently, events like Model United Nations and trip to Brussels to visit European Parliament are organised annually. There is possibility in the future for exchange programs with other ELSA networks in Europe. More information can be found on their website.