The Junior Chamber of Advocates (JCA)
President: Matthew Micallef St. John
The Junior Chamber of Advocates (JCA), is an organisation established under the auspices of the Chamber of Advocates. JCA seeks to ‘bridge the gap’ between the academic development of law students and the practicality of the legal profession, thus creating a closer link between students and lawyers.
The Annual JCA Moot Courts are held at the Law Courts of Malta, and presided by Members of the Judiciary. These Moot Courts provide the perfect set-up for law students to start practicing their Advocacy Skills in a realistic scenario. Participants are given the opportunity to prepare written submissions, examine and cross-examine witnesses and also make their oral submissions before the Court, which ultimately delivers its judgments.
Another project, which the JCA Executive Members take pride in, is the development of the ‘Prattika-Link’ which serves to facilitate the placement of students to find the most suitable internship for their ‘prattika’ requirements; hopefully resulting in employment upon completion of the law course.
Ultimately, one of the JCA’s primary activity is that of organizing seminars, chaired by different lawyers, treating various academic topics from a practical point of view.
In 2018, the JCA obtained recognition by the University of Malta Degree Plus system. Through this initiative, members of the JCA were able to receive extra credits for taking part in events organized by the organization. This meant that students were finally recognized academically for going the extra mile to attend JCA events.