Our Core Programme
January - February: Mooting Competition in association with the UK Supreme Court
Since 2011, we have held a mooting competition every year in association with the Supreme Court, in which we pair our students up with Bar Professional Training Course students, who act as ‘Mooting Mentors’. This structure enables our students to not only experience court advocacy for the first time, but also helps them to develop their knowledge of the law and their communication skills with the help of those already pursuing a career in law.
In 2018, the winners of the Mooting Competition were offered mini-pupillages (work experience) at Ely Place Chambers.
March - April: An Introduction to the Legal System with the UK Supreme Court
This project provides students with the opportunity to learn about the structure of the English legal system and follow a case from its first appearance in the UK courts through to the Supreme Court. After reviewing and analysing the decisions, participants write a report outlining their thoughts and giving their own judgments. This culminates in an event at the Supreme Court where the students propose their ideas.
The project gives our students the opportunity to learn about the work of the Supreme Court – the highest court in England and Wales – and to engage with cutting edge legal policy, while at the same time learning about the role of our legal system more broadly. In 2017, our students analysed the law of joint enterprise and the R v Jogee case. This year, the students will be looking at the law of negligence in the case of Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire.
August: Summer School
We are fortunate enough to run a Summer School that brings students together to discuss growing issues of law in the UK. In previous years this has been in collaboration with Landmark Chambers and Linklaters LLP. In 2014 the students discussed legal issues surrounding the controversial subject of fracking, in 2015 the Summer School focused on the law relating to human trafficking, in 2016 students discussed the rapidly evolving field of Internet law, and in 2017 the chosen topic was the Gig Economy.
October - December: The Model Law Commission in association with the Law Commission and Lexis Nexis
This annual event is unique to Big Voice London. It is a three-month long project which involves the students mirroring the work of the Law Commission. It culminates in an event in Parliament and attracts an audience of around one hundred people from the legal profession and politics, all of whom hear our student’s views on the future of our law and democracy. The Law Commission supports this event, by assisting the students in the drafting of their reports. Lexis Nexis also supports the event by generously publishing copies of our students’ Law Commission reports.
Trip to Geneva:
In 2012, Big Voice London forged links which allowed us to take our students on a joint United Nations tour to Geneva.
Middle Temple Guest Lectures:
Since 2015 Big Voice London has been invited to take part in a series of Guest Lectures at Middle Temple, on topics such as the Magna Carta and the right to privacy. Our students have attended numerous have noted that they not only found the talks interesting and engaging, but also that the experience gave them an insight into the legal profession as a potential career path, which they had not previously considered.
Workshops in association with Linklaters:
After establishing a relationship with Linklaters, we were invited to run a workshop as a part of their work experience programme for sixth form students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The plea in mitigation workshop that we organised proved to be very successful, with many of the students commenting that it was their favourite activity of the week. We have since continued delivering these sessions.
Seminar with the Criminal Bar Association:
We have recently forged a relationship with the Criminal Bar Association, which led us to organise a seminar for our students on the subject of the Magna Carta, Access to Justice and the Future of Professional Services. Over the course of an evening, we discussed a number of hypothetical scenarios with the students relating to access to justice, so as to enable them to get a better understanding of the present system and the challenges it faces. The event concluded with the students debating the issues in teams, which proved that the students had not only been informed by the seminar, but had also quickly become passionate about the subject matter in dispute.