FIVE budding legal eagles from Penrhos College will have their law skills put to the test as part of the inaugural Jackson McDonald Cup.
The team of Jessica Cao, Leigh Jardine, Emma Delaposta, Sarah Youd and Ruth Collins are required to present an appeal case to the High Court as though they were lawyers in a real case scenario.
The moot differs from a mock trial, as students are required to make submissions without being contested and without witnesses.
Penrhos College society and environment teacher Shane Mawer said students were gearing up for the written and oral presentations on May 16 at Murdoch University.
“There is no trial as such, so it is based on the lawyers’ skill and how they use the facts and relate them to the law to convince the judge of their side,” Mr Mawer said.
“This level of skill is often seen in third-year law students, so it is an extremely challenging task.”
Mr Mawer said that as all five Penrhos College team members were hoping to pursue law degrees upon graduation from Year 12, the challenge was a great learning experience for each of them.