Launched at the end of 2007, the Baker & Partners Youth Advocacy Competition, the first of its kind in Jersey, gives students the opportunity to put their trial skills to the test and act out different court scenarios whilst competing against teams from other local schools.
The initiative has received huge interest, with almost 400 students entering the competition in teams of two from De La Salle, Hautlieu, JCG, Beaulieu and Victoria College over the last three years.
Over the course of the competition, the teams prepare arguments relating to a variety of fictional cases, which they present before members of the Baker & Partners litigation team.
At each knockout stage, the teams are judged on their delivery, clarity of thought, preparation and understanding of the law. Only the highest scoring teams at each stage of the competition proceeded to the next round.
Stephen Baker, Senior Partner of Baker & Partners, explained:
“Building on our hugely successful bursary scheme, the Youth Advocacy Competition gives young people in Jersey an opportunity to gain rare and invaluable experience of working in the legal profession. We believe that initiatives such as these are really important, both in helping us to identify, encourage and develop talent and in giving Jersey’s future generation of lawyers a chance to shine.”