COMPETITIONS

General Moot - Senior 

The General Moot is one of our most popular competitions and for good reason – it’s a great opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, and put into practice what you learn in class. The Senior Division is more difficult, designed for students nearing the end of their degree, with a problem that can be drawn from any law subject.

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Relevant skills developed:

  • Advocacy, research skills, speaking skills

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - First round is March 23

General Moot - Junior

The Junior Division is open to all students who haven’t completed Property B, and will involve a problem on an area of law that students learn early on in their degree, such as Criminal law or Contracts law.

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Relevant skills developed:

  • Advocacy, research skills, speaking skills

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - First round is March 23

First Year Moot

Mooting can seem like an intimidating, difficult experience, especially for students who haven’t competed in one before. That’s why we also run a First Year Moot – designed exclusively for First Year students. The moot problem will be on either Criminal Law or Tort Law – both subjects that students are taught in their first year. The First Year Moot is a great introduction to Mooting (and competitions in general), and is highly recommended for all first years, whether you’re considering a career in advocacy or not.

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Relevant skills developed:

  • Advocacy, research skills, speaking skills

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - First round is August 3

International Humanitarian Moot

This competition is designed for students interested in International Law. This Moot is set in an International Court, often defending or prosecuting people accused of serious offences, including war crimes. While this Moot can be challenging, and requires a large amount of research into International law and precedent, it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about an area of law they may not know much about.

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Relevant skills developed:

  • Advocacy, research skills, speaking skills

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - First round is August 24

Client Interviews

A team of two solicitors interview a client who has approached you with an issue. However, as in practice, clients won’t always tell you the full story straight away. You must ask questions and tease out as many facts as you can to understand what happened, before giving advice to the client about what they should do next.

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Requirements/Pre-requisites:

  • This competition requires no specific legal experience, and doesn’t require you to have had previous experience in interviewing clients.

Relevant skills developed:

  • Solicitors develop their attention to detail, as well as their teamwork and people skills. Additionally, as many job positions involve interviewing clients, the skills learnt here are directly transferable to work.

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - First round is April 20

Negotiations 

A team of two solicitors are tasked with striking a deal with the opposing team to achieve their client’s desired outcome. Both teams will negotiate over a number of points, using any bargaining chips they have, before (hopefully) coming to a conclusion that everyone can agree on.

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Requirements/Pre-requisites:

  • This competition is great for improving students’ team working and people skills. It also requires no specific legal experience, and doesn’t require you to have previous experience in negotiation

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - First round is May 6

Deals

Designed for students with an interest in commercial law, the Deals competition requires you to assist your client in merging their corporation with another. However, mergers aren’t allowed in certain situations – for instance, if the merger would substantially reduce competition in a given market. You will need to convince the ACCC that the merger meets all of the relevant requirements.

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Requirements/Pre-requisites:

  • The competition is restricted to students who have completed Contract A & B. However, it does not require you to have completed any commercial law units (though they may help!)

Relevant skills developed:

  • As part of the competition, teams of three students will be required to write written memos to their clients detailing their initial advice, as well as make oral presentations. As the only competition that focuses specifically on mergers and corporate takeover, this is a great competition for students interested in this area of law.

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - Problem Released April 9

Witness Examination

Unleash your inner Ace Attorney as you tear down witnesses in cross-examination and make objections to convince the jury of your side. ​ Competitors act as either counsel for the defence or prosecution, and are given the statement of facts of both their own witness as well as the opposing side’s witness. You must work out how you want to present your case, and write questions that best allow you to do so. Are there inconsistencies in what the opposing witness has said? Anything that doesn’t make sense? As both sides have access to the same facts, this competition is all about spinning the narrative in a way that is best for your side. ​ You’re also able to object to questions asked by opposing Counsel, as well as make an opening and closing statement.

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Requirements/Pre-requisites:

  • While much of this competition touches on Evidence Law, completing Evidence Law is not a prerequisite to competing.

Relevant skills developed:

  • ​ This competition helps improve students’ oral presentation and problem solving skills, and is a great introduction to what witness examination can be like in practice.

How to apply:

  • Look out for the LSS posts about it - First Round is September 9