GCU Law students celebrate night of judgement

15 April 2016

Lord Kinclaven (far right) with GCU students Bruce McQuillan and Kay Slater

Lord Kinclaven (far right) with GCU students Bruce McQuillan and Kay Slater

A senior Scottish judge has offered his ruling on the talents of law students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

Lord Kinclaven, a Senator of the College of Justice, was on campus to judge the students’ mooting competition final and formally open the University’s refurbished court room.

A moot is a hypothetical debate on a point of law, enabling students to hone their legal skills. Students considered offences around support for terrorist organisations, including wearing clothing and internet blogging, versus freedom of speech under the Human Rights Act 1998.

GCU’s moot court room comes complete with a full oak judges’ bench, 15 jury seats and a bespoke area for prosecution and defence lawyers.

Lord Kinclaven praised the “professional standard” of students in the moot final, which was won by Bruce McQuillan and Kay Slater.

James Connolly, Senior Lecturer in Law in the Glasgow School for Business and Society and GCU Master of Moots, said: “At GCU we are always honoured that our students continue to be encouraged and supported by senior judges. The moot room has the 'real world' feel of the court room for our students to practise their advocacy skills.”

The court room was originally opened in 2002 by Lord Reed, current Justice of the UK Supreme Court.

GCU’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, including the unique opportunity to combine the study of Law with Business Risk. These are also available as fast-track two year programmes for honours degree graduates.