The Inn runs four annual competitions in public speaking (Crowther Shield), advocacy (Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize), mooting (Inter-Provider Mooting competition) and debating (Lincoln's Inn Debating Shield) for Lincoln's Inn members. Participation in these competitions is a fantastic experience for future barristers.
Inter-Provider Mooting Competition
Preliminary selection rounds will be held for Lincoln's Inn students at all the BPTC Providers, using a speed-mooting system, with the two highest scoring students going through to represent their Provider in the later rounds when the teams will be pitted against each other to decide which Provider will be the holder of the Shield. Selection for those at London Providers will be held at the Inn in December and selection for those at Providers outside London will be organised locally by your Lincoln's Inn Student Representatives. Team selection is usually held in the Michaelmas Term and the finals will be held on Saturday 25th February 2017.
The winners of the competition receive cash prizes of £50 each and will have their names engraved on the IPMC Shield. The runners up will receive £25 each.
Crowther Shield Public Speaking Competition
This competition gives students an opportunity to give a plea in mitigation on behalf of an historical or fictional character under timed conditions.
Previous cases used include Guy Fawkes (conspiracy to cause an explosion), Lady Macbeth (soliciting a murder) and Goldilocks (burglary and criminal damage).
The ballot for this competition has now closed and the winner has been announced.
Gluckstein Advocacy Prize
This is a competition to award the Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize for the best advocate, and is open to current BPTC students and pupil barristers.
Those who participate and stay for at least another two rounds following knock out will be accredited with one Qualifying Session. The ballot will be released in Easter term, please only enter the ballot once; entering multiple times will not improve your chances of being selected. Please note, if you have already participated in the competition in previous years you are not eligible to enter the ballot.
Selection for this prize will be by ballot. Prospective applicants will receive further information about the prize and the opening of the ballot in due course.
Lincoln's Inn Debating Shield
This is an internal debating competition to find the top debating team in the Inn. Team selection will be held at the last Debating Club meeting on the 21st of March, with the finals held in Easter term.