Making the case for supporting lawyers of the future

Alumnus David Goldstone (LLB 1952) has pledged his support for the Law Department’s mooting programme, which sees students engage in competitive legal arguments infront of a mock court. In recognition of his gift, it will be named The David Goldstone Mooting Programme in 2018/19. 

Mooting is designed to develop participants’ capacity for legal research, argument, writing, and oral advocacy. LSE students take part in internal, national and international competitions. The 2016/17 External Mooting Team was the most successful in LSE’s history – including a victory in the University of Leicester Medical Law Mooting Competition despite neither participating LSE student having studied medical law.

During his extensive career, Mr Goldstone worked as a commercial lawyer, a property entrepreneur, and as an adviser to the Welsh Assembly. His generous support will help the Law Department cover costs pertaining to travel and accommodation, competition entry fees, printed materials, and the appointment of a mooting officer – a PhD student who assists with organisation and liaison with judges. 

Mr Goldstone remarked: “LSE played a big part in my personal and professional development, and I wanted to give something back to the institution that helped to shape me. I am particularly pleased that my gift will have a positive impact on students and enhance the scope for their personal development while they are here".