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Student Experience

At Newcastle Law School we don't just want to give you a first-rate education. We want to give you the best possible student experience.

Student societies

From debating to baking, our Students’ Union has a wide range of societies you can join. Here are some of the law-related societies.

Mediation at Newcastle

Mediation is a growing form of dispute resolution found in a range of settings, including:

  • commercial
  • consumer
  • family
  • community
  • employment

Courts are increasingly referring litigants to mediation. The legal profession has begun adopting it as another tool in their workbox to offer clients.

The School is setting up a new Mediation Society. The aim is to introduce students to mediation practice. We look at how to act as a legal representative in the process. The skills learned in mediation training are invaluable for all lawyers. That's whether they're acting within mediation or in general practice. You gain skills in communications, creativity and understanding clients’ needs and interests.

The Society will host training, events and guest seminars, and run student competitions. It will also send teams to represent Newcastle in national and international tournaments. Newcastle took part in the UK Law School Mediation Competition in January 2020. A team competed in the (online) Singapore International Mediation Institute Mediation and Mediation Advocacy competition in October and November 2020.

For further information, please contact Professor Bryan Clark.

Hear from a student

'The scope of international competition involvement with the Mediation activity at Newcastle is fantastic, setting you up with a more culturally aware and global mindset – perfect for anyone pursuing an international career. And finally, it’s a bit of fun – you get to meet new people, apply the soft skills learnt throughout your law degree to practical scenarios, and grow in confidence! So, get involved!'

 

Nadia Asbridge, LLB

 

Don't forget to read the full blog post on North East Law Review (NELR).

Mooting

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. The judge may be a senior student, staff or a professional barrister. It depends on the stage of the competition.

The Newcastle Law School mooting programme culminates with the senior team final. This takes place in the Moot Hall in Newcastle's old Assize Court, built in 1809. It's judged by a prominent legal figure. Previous judges included Lord Hope and His Honour Judge Goss QC.

Mooting at University has proven helpful in the workplace. It can help with team working skills, discipline and public speaking experience. All skills valued by employers. Mooting activities are generously sponsored by Dere Street Barristers. If you'd like any further information, please email mooting@ncl.ac.uk

A mooting competition at Newcastle.

Client interviewing

Mock client interviewing in the context of a fictional legal dispute is important. It helps develops inter-personal skills, team working and meeting management.

Two client interviewing officers, elected by the students, run of the programme here. All first year students take part in a client interviewing exercise, in pairs. This enables students to interact with the local legal profession. Firms of solicitors provide judges for the exercise.

The two highest-scoring pairs take part in Newcastle Law School's Client Interviewing Finals. A prominent Newcastle-based solicitor judges the finals. We enter a team in The Client Interviewing Competition for England and Wales.

For further information email: client.interviewing@newcastle.ac.uk

A mock client interview.

Negotiating competition

Develop your negotiation skills by taking part in our negotiating competition.

Newcastle Law School started its negotiating competition in 2012 with only 30 teams.

Due to its success, more than 65 teams competed in the latest competition.

We send several teams to national negotiating competitions and other external competitions.

Student prizes

Here at Newcastle Law School we offer a range of prizes for academic excellence.

School community

Newcastle Law School is a vibrant and supportive community.

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