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18 EBS students, one aim: Convince the judges!

16 August 2017 | By:
EBS Moot Court brings students to the Wiesbaden District Court

The EBS Moot Court took place for the first time at the Wiesbaden District Court on 14 July 2017. Eighteen students were given the chance to resolve fictitious legal disputes in court and conduct a trial before experienced judges. Also on board: EBS’ partner law firm Pöllath + Partners, specialists in corporate law, with two representatives coming specially from Munich to prepare the future lawyers for their day in court.

Intense preparation

It all started on Thursday with a preparation seminar. In a trial workshop with the students, lawyers Dr. Carsten Albert and Philipp Opitz from Pöllath + Partners trained the case of a fictitious company sale. The focus was on the significance of intercultural competence and behaviour towards the trial partner. The law firm representatives also gave some tips on theory and practice in court. EBS student Mike Fecke, who organised the project, was thrilled to gain insight into the professional practice of a lawyer: “It was a fantastic experience to be coached by experienced lawyers. A result-oriented approach to the trial, and signalling willingness to compromise: this is how to recognise and reconcile the key interests of both parties”.

Then, in the afternoon, there was a particularly sensitive criminal case on the agenda: attempted murder. This was a simulation of the main hearing in a criminal case. Six teams competed against each other in two rounds, taking turns to be the defence lawyer or the prosecutor. Nothing was left undone: indictment, charge, examination of witnesses and concluding statements by the counsel for defence. Claudia Dirlenbach, juvenile court judge and press officer of the Wiesbaden District Court, took the role of judge, and the EBS professors Dr. Jörg Scheinfeld and Dr. Christoph Wolf selected two winning teams from the six participating groups.

Final round at the Wiesbaden District Court

Friday was the big day: the two finalist groups were invited to simulate another case in a courtroom of the Wiesbaden District Court and were able to demonstrate all their legal know-how in the final speech for the defence. President of the District Court, Joachim Blaeschke, together with Ms. Dirlenbach and Professor Wolf, played the role of one of the three judges. Once again, the participants gave their all: the EBS students wanted to test their skills in nothing less than a charge of attempted manslaughter. Fecke had written the cases, but not without strong support from his professor. “It is necessary to work intensively through the relevant legal texts in order to take on the role of one of the participants in court proceedings. Then the learning effect is even greater”, Wolf explains.

EBS Moot Court - Court cases at first hand

The resort EBS Moot Court was founded in 2011 and is organised by the students to give law students insight into professional practice. At the same time they can broaden their knowledge of procedural law as well as training and further developing their rhetorical skills. In fictitious court proceedings, they take the position of either the public prosecutor or counsel for the defence. This year the main focus was on criminal law. The moot court, in close cooperation with the EBS partner law firms and experienced lawyers, also provides insight into the practical work of a lawyer, thus making the choice of one’s subsequent career path or an internship easier.

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