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Competitions

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. 

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.

The ballot for this competition has now closed and the winners have been announced.

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 at the Inn, and is open to current BPTC students and pupil barristers. The competition will be held on Saturday 10th June 2017.

The competition will consist of an initial round from which the judges will select up to eight participants to compete in the final. The final will be held on the same day so all competitors will need to prepare their side for the preliminary rounds and both sides of a different exercise for the final. You will be asked to prepare a 10 minute speech for both exercises, which may be criminal or civil. The exercise allocations and rules will be sent out in a separate email two weeks before the competition to those selected.

Students who participate and stay for at least another two rounds following knock out will be accredited with one Qualifying Session. 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, please fill in this form to enter the ballot. The deadline to enter the ballot will be 9am on Wednesday 10 May and those selected will be informed by Friday 12th May.

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, you must attend this Debating Club Workshop if you wish to be selected for this. The finals of the Debating Shield will be held the evening of Monday 8th May 2017 and the winners will be presented with the Shield at the Debate in Hall on Thursday 18th May.