Most people shy away from public speaking but three Launceston teenagers have spent the last few days channelling their inner Denny Crane.
Launceston College's year 12 students Anna Roberts, Marley Seckold-Bamford and Eleanor Riley were the inaugural LC team to compete at Bond University's mooting competition.
Mooting is the presentation of legal argument and the competition pits teams from different schools up against each other in challenge moots or mock courts.
The moots all involve the same hypothetical case, and each team has to prepare and present its arguments as if they were practising lawyers in a litigation case.
Miss Riley said she wanted to involved in the competition because she was thinking about pursuing law as a career path and the competition had instilled in her enthusiasm for her tertiary education.
"I was going to have a gap year, but now, after seeing the university and competing, I'm really excited about just getting straight into studying," she said.
Mr Seckold-Bamford said he wasn't planning on studying law but the competition did give him the opportunity to flex his public speaking skills.
This year was the first time Launceston College had sent a team to the mooting competition but the team said they hoped they had started a new tradition for the school.
Launceston's private schools have attended the competition in the past, but Launceston College's involvement was the first time public school in the North had competed.
Miss Roberts said she wanted to encourage her peers to get involved in the competition, particularly those considering law as a potential career path.
"It's as close as we can get as students to a real courtroom," she said.
The team worked tirelessly for several months preparing their case brief and legal arguments, in preparation for the competition.
Results will be released early next week and often the top 10 schools are invited back to Bond to compete in a finals competition at a later date.
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