As a first-year Law undergraduate I knew from the start that becoming a barrister was my goal. In this vein, mooting was the first logical progression to experience. Advocating in the speed moots; my first ever experience of the practical adversarial side to Law, only encouraged my desire to moot even further! Since this initial competition, I have also advocated in the ‘Landmark Chambers Judicial Review Moot’ competition and I have progressed to the ongoing semi-finals of the ‘Southampton University Annual Internal Moot Competition’. To be given such engaging and exciting opportunities in my first year at university has benefited my legal studies and career progression greatly and thus, being entrusted to organise the first moot competition of the academic year; giving others the opportunity to either begin or continue to develop a love of mooting would be a real privilege.
As part of this role, organisation, communication, reliability and integrity are pivotal skills. Through undertaking various placements at Law firms such as Norton Rose Fulbright (London), Southampton Combined Court and Erskine Chambers (London) to name a few, I have been able to demonstrate a secure ability to communicate with high level legal professionals in a personable manner. Integrity was an additional skill required by working within such legal departments on current real-life cases. By undertaking all such extra-curricular activities mentioned above as well as holding various volunteering positions, in addition to my academic studies proves how time-management is a skill that I have developed effectively through being a strongly motivated, reliable and organised individual.