Legal Access

1st November 2016

News, Student news, Alumni news

More than fifty school students interested in studying Law at university will meet senior members of the legal profession and watch Oxford law students in a test of their advocacy skills in a mock court case.

The school students, from Wadham’s link regions Newham, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Islington, Cambridgeshire, Tower Hamlets, Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire, are attending the finals of the 2016 Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship on Saturday 5 November.

The event, organised by Wadham students led by alumna Marie Tidball (DPhil Criminology), hopes to inspire school students and help them learn about different pathways into careers in Law. Representatives from Herbert Smith Freehills will be sharing their career experiences and answering questions from the school groups.

Access and Outreach Officer Emily Cannon commented: “This is a wonderful opportunity for school students to not only see law in action and hear from senior academics and members of the legal profession, but also to have their individual questions answered by those who have chosen careers in Law.”

The Moot is an opportunity for Oxford Law students to practice their advocacy skills in front of a panel of senior legal minds and this year their focus will be equality law and school exclusion.

The Grand Final will be judged by Dame Elish Angiolini, former Lord Advocate of Scotland and current Principal of St Hugh's College; Professor Anne Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Law; Mr John Bowers QC, Principal of Brasenose college; and Mr Ian Gatt QC, Head of the Advocacy Group at Herbert Smith Freehills. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear the reasoning of these senior judges and witness their interactions with contestants.

The 3pm Grand Final will be followed by a conversazione at 5pm on the subject: Disabled people and employment: rights protection, career progression and fulfilling potential. Panellists will include Schona Jolly, leading education and employment discrimination barrister; Kate Nash OBE, world renowned guru in disability business inclusion; John Simpson, former National Autism Partnership Board Member and author of the Autism Charter; and Amar Latif, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Traveleyes.

The Grand Final of the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship will take place at the University Church of St Mary on Saturday 5 November at 3pm. Register to attend the event here.

  • School students listen to senior lawyers