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Queen’s graduate sets up online Oxford University Women’s Mooting society

21 September 2020

Rebecca Brimble (Jurisprudence, 2017) tells us about her experiences during lockdown and establishing an online platform to create a network of future female barristers:

Graduating into a pandemic hasn't been easy. Opportunities to gain work experience in person are few and far between, and opportunities for socialisation are even fewer and farther. However, I have certainly been keeping myself busy. Ahead of commencing the Bar Practice Course with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy in January, I have been tutoring law, studying Children’s Rights with Harvard, learning Italian, running a book club, and undertaking courses in classics and history.

However, because of social distancing regulations, opportunities to meet, compete, and socialise with other aspiring lawyers have been near non-existent and so I set up the Oxford University Women’s Mooting society (OUWM) to enable mooting to continue despite the pandemic, while also creating a network of future female barristers. Building connections and gaining experience is particularly important for women in law as we are underrepresented in the industry. By participating in the mooting society, aspiring barristers can improve their skills, build a network of contacts, and learn from the experiences of others.

While at University, I competed in the Law Faculty LRMSP moot and I also represented Queen’s in the Inter-collegiate Mooting Competition 2019/2020. I, like many others, have missed the thrill of mooting, and since the format is an online platform, both current students and globally-scattered graduates can participate. At the moment, the society is limited to Oxford alumnae so that numbers remain reasonable and so that the society can cater to the needs of its members. On the first day of launching, 17 members joined ranging from outgoing first year undergraduates to BCL students to practising barristers. In fact, we currently have six generations of Queen’s alumnae signed up and I really hope the network continues to expand.

Mooting is an excellent opportunity for anyone to practise their public speaking skills, and it is particularly useful for aspiring lawyers to have a taste of what life is like in the courtroom. For those who wish to join – please email me at mooting@rebeccabrimble.com!

Rebecca Brimble

BA Jurisprudence (Queen’s, Oxford) 2017-2020

Twitter @Becca_Brimble