How to combine the useful with the pleasant ? The task can sometimes appear arduous. The so hoped conciliation can seem impossible, but every time it is reached it provides a considerable pleasure. By this expression, Horace, in L’Art Poétique, tries to enjoin his reader to find the balance between pleasing and instructing. This teaching seems as relevant in poetry as it is in pleading.
Yes, readers, it is a matter of pleading which will be discussed in this article. Especially the Lysias contest. The Lysias contest is a pleading and juridical eloquence competition organized each year in the Jean Monnet university. It allows students to try out this complex exercise while having fun in a kind and convivial atmosphere. From the beginning, I was very excited by this contest because I thought it was an interesting and innovative concept. Moreover, I had stopped acting after 5 years of practice so it was for me the opportunity to find back the ability to express myself and the sensations I used to get when acting.
This experience was particularly rewarding and I fully benefited from it. This contest allowed me to discover this famous exercise which is so specific to the profession of lawyer that attracts me particularly. It was also the occasion to take part in an activity other than my classes but still very close to Law.
This exercise is very formative because it allows to train for the academic practical cases but also leaves a large place to personal references and humor. This, I found very interesting because it allowed me to discover everyone’s personality through the way each students chose to tackle the subjects. Indeed, I believe there’s a part of our universe, our personality and our sensitivity that we share in every pleading. I think this experience can only be positive. It is a great opportunity to improve our fluency and oral skills and above all it brings a lot of confidence. I took a lot of pleasure in pleading because it is a very special and very exhilarating moment. But I also appreciated the preliminary work and the legal researches necessary to answer the subjects.
Furthermore, being able to present my work in front of such well-known personalities in the world of Law was very rewarding. The constructive criticism I received brought me a lot and I could note a real progress at each stage of the competition.The finale was a particularly exciting moment. Pleading, in a robe moreover, in front of a jury of such great quality, as well as in front of my friends and family was a tremendous experience. I look forward to continuing my journey at National level.
The Lysias Competition enjoys a growing enthusiasm in the faculty and the association does a remarkable work to offer this great opportunity. The Lysias adventure is an incredible experience and I warmly invite everyone to take the plunge!
If speaking in public and doing lyrical flights like Bertrand Périer seems to be easy an natural for some people, the first step is sometimes hard to cross. It was with hesitation and above all, curiosity (and on a whim), that I signed up to the annual Lysias Sceaux competition. After applying, some doubts arrived, will I succeed? Will I be inspired by the subject? Where to start? Will I be able to balance this with my classes? So much questions that made me wonder: « Why did I apply? »
Then, the civil plea subject arrived and it was time to write. Interesting topics with amazing stories awake our overflowing imagination and all the excitation that goes with it. We see ourselves in the shoes of an investigator, of a lawyer, searching for every loophole in the plea of our opponent, every possible and imaginable explanation to defend our side the best. Each word, detail and interpretation of the subject allows us to make incredible, entertaining and surprising pleas all different from each other.
If the written part is an enjoyment, the oral part is even more exciting. Thanks to Stéphane Baller’s soft skills courses, public speaking and stress mastery were less difficult to me. Some of his tips remained in my head such as not opening my mouth if it’s to say « euh », taking a deep breath, playing with the tone or searching for eye contact, so much pieces of advice that I’m repeating to myself endlessly.
My name has been called, a horde of look is staring at me, my stomach is having butterflies and my hands are becoming shaky. I get up, my heart is beating wildly, I take a deep breath, say to myself « Time to shine », and I rush forward the plea impetus. Little by little, the hesitation of the first words gives way to the speech impulse, the plea becomes fluent, gestures are flying away and the pleasure of pleading, of convincing is sensational. The smiles, the laughs and the applause are resounding and these are to my mind the best reward that we can ever get from the public. It’s through my point of view and my feeling that I’ve shared my Lysias’ experience with you. If the non-participation isn’t such a big deal, taking part in Lysias is still an amazing life experience full of challenges, doubts, unforeseen events and first and foremost an enriching and unique experience that I can only recommend you.
Finally, the most important thing is to enjoy the written part as much as the oral part, to live delightful moments with the passion of words and to surpass oneself on unexpected horizons.