On Friday 22 February 2019 SCL delivered the second ever Student Techlaw Challenge, hosted by The University of Law, Moorgate.
The Student Techlaw Challenge proved to be an incredible success and a very rewarding experience for both students and mentors alike. With a massive turnout of over 100 students, the room was buzzing as the students navigated their way through some challenging Data Breach and Negotiation tasks devised by Laura Wright and Shayhan Patelmaster of the SCL Junior Lawyers' Group.
SCL welcomed mentors from a large variety of legal backgrounds including Microsoft, Fieldfisher LLP and Amazon, all offering their boundless expertise to our budding techlawyers.
Here's what the authors of the Techlaw Challenge, Laura and Shay, had to say about the experience:
“Organising the Challenge this year was really rewarding. I was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm and insight of the students. It was very satisfying that the winning teams had different levels of legal experience; we had worked hard to make the two activities accessible to everyone from first year undergraduates to LPC and BPTC students. I would like to thank again the mentors who gave up their day to offer advice to the students; we couldn’t have run the event without them.” Laura Wright, Barrister, 4 Pump Court and committee member of the SCL Junior Lawyers’ Group
“It was a pleasure to see such engaged and enthusiastic students take part in the competition. This event offers students the rare opportunity to learn from experts in the field, and we were lucky enough to have experienced representatives from chambers, private practice and in-house mentoring the participants. There was a great energy and atmosphere throughout the day – well done to all who took part!” Shayhan Patelmaster, Senior, Digital and Privacy Law, EY and Chair of the SCL Junior Lawyers’ Group
The award for Best Risk Management went to Claudia Coleman and Jack Sayle, whilst Lakshmi Srinivasan and Idil Kaner brought home the award for Best Client Communications. You can read Idil's account of the Techlaw Challenge here!
Christopher Joseph Wei Yan Guo and Dominic Wei Has Png were delighted to claim award for third runners up
Chiara Rohlfst and Corlijn Reijgwart got their hands on second place
But Lauren Graham and Christopher Ireland wowed the judges and pipped everyone to the post with first place. Want to know how it feels to be a winner? Read Lauren Graham's write-up of her very fruitful day here
For a personal account from Techlaw Challenge Participant and active Techlaw Blogger Mahdi Assan; click here!
So whether you're a student, or a potential mentor - there's no excuse not to join us next year for excessive amounts of pizza and an incredibly compelling competition!