The Institute is committed to enhancing its trainees learning opportunities by involvement in a wide variety of national and international competitions. Each year we aim to send teams to the following events.
Louis M Brown International Client Counselling Competition (Solicitors only)
This is a competition in client interviewing. Contestants work in teams of two. The national round of the competition is organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and usually takes place in December. The international competition takes place in early April and can be at a venue anywhere from Ireland or the United Kingdom to Australasia, Africa or the USA.
Irish Times Debating Championship (Bar and Solicitors)
This is one of the most prestigious debating competitions in Ireland. It is open to students in higher education throughout Ireland. Its initial rounds usually commence in November.
The Eoin Higgins Memorial Moot (Bar only)
Held in honour of the late Sir Eion Higgins, this is an annual competition between a team from the Institute and King’s Inns in Dublin. The moot usually takes place in January or February.
Bar Professional Training Providers’ Moot
This moot is open to teams of students undertaking the BPTC in England and Wales and to Bar trainees from IPLS. Each year it is hosted by a BPTC provider in England or Wales. It usually takes place in May.
E.U.Debate (Bar and Solicitors)
This is a debate which is open to law schools and legal vocational training providers in Ireland. It is organised and hosted by the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland in Blackhall Place Dublin. It usually takes place in January or February.
International Law School Mediation Tournament (Bar and Solicitors)
This is a competition hosted by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution and centred on the use of mediation in the resolution of legal disputes. The competition takes place in March and each year is hosted in a different jurisdiction.
International Negotiation Competition (Bar only)
This competition is open to law schools throughout the world. Working in teams of two, competitors have to represent different parties working through a series of intricate negotiations. The competition takes place in the first week of July and, again, the venue is in a different country each year.
Institute of Professional Legal Studies
Belfast BT9 5BY
Tel: 028 9097 5567
Fax: 028 9066 1192