The mock trial is a practical part of the Master of Maritime Law program. The students are divided into two groups – for the plaintiff and for the defendant – in a trial. The groups are given a text containing a dispute to be solved. The legal issues are within the topics taught in the two maritime law courses, but a more in depth investigation into the issues will be required. During a month of preparation the two groups will write statements of claim and defense and points of claim and defense. Two Norwegian Law firms function as coaches to help with procedural and formal matters. All legal issues will be handled by the students. The course ends with a main hearing where the students argue their case before a tribunal of three judges.
Admission is only open for students enrolled in the L.L.M. Maritime Law (master's 1 1/2-years)
You will learn to perform as an attorney under a trial. This includes knowledge about how to write the legal statements involved, investigation of legal sources, and how the main hearing is structured and performed. Further, it includes ability to perform an in depth analysis of the legal issues involved in a dispute and to argue a case before a tribunal. The main goal is to achieve ability to give a convincing legal argumentation for a submission orally to the tribunal.