USC LSA MOOTING COMPETITION 2019

Mooting is an advocacy competition designed to enhance and refine students’ oral, written and research skills; skills we know to be imperative in practice. The competition takes place over three rounds: preliminary (Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 September), semi-final (Wednesday, 11 September) and grand final (Thursday, 26th September). Each of the rounds are judged by members of the local legal profession. This is an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a practical competition and build on the skills necessary for practice in an encouraging environment.

The competition is a simulation of a courtroom trial that involves an applicant/appellant or respondent/defendant. Generally, teams consist of a junior and senior counsel, and an instructing solicitor. Teams will be provided with a factual scenario and have three weeks to prepare written submissions that they intend to use as their arguments in the oral component. Submissions will be due Wednesday, 4 September. This year's factual scenario is centred on a false imprisonment matter and students will need to conduct independent legal research to respond to the three grounds of appeal.

The Grand Final will be held in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court at 6.00pm and judged by a panel of judges, including His Honour, Judge Cash QC. Following the moot, students and professionals are cordially invited to celebratory drinks and nibbles at Uptown Gastropub in Maroochydore.

In preparation for the Competition, the Association is holding an Advocacy Workshop on Thursday, 16 August at 6.00pm in C1.37 Tutorial Room. Local barrister, Michael White, will be taking the first part of the session and talking students through skills of advocacy, what judges look for, and courtroom etiquette. Lawyer, Callum Lee, will be elaborating on the rules and expectations of the competition, how to do well as a competitor, both internally and at an inter-varsity level. This workshop will be highly beneficial to all students considering mooting and those that attend will be provided with material that will assist them in drafting submissions, including a copy of the workshop presentation.

Winners of the Mooting Competition will have the opportunity to go on to compete at the 2019 Australian Law Students' Association's Championship Moot held in July 2020. For more information about representing the University at the national competition, see here - https://alsa.asn.au/competitions-overview

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“The competition of mooting is a beneficial opportunity to students of any experience level. Personally, I competed in the mooting competition in my first year of my degree back in 2017. The competition took place in a positive atmosphere with encouragement from peers, senior students and local legal professionals who were eager to provide feedback to help me develop as a student. I found it to allow me to participate in problem tasks which enhanced my ability to critically analyze legal information in given assessment tasks. It also gave me the fundamental knowledge of etiquette and procedure which is the pivotal to real-life court situations. As such, and I would highly recommend the competition to any and all law students.”
– Artemio Clifford, 3rd year law student 2019.

If you would like to know more about the competition, please contact the VP of Competitions via competitions@usclsa.com .