Mooting

 

A moot is a simulated appeal, that means an oral argument (supported by a written summary) about the application of legal principles to a set of agreed facts. You receive a factual scenario and grounds of appeal. Once you have the scenario, you research the applicable law and then write your legal argument. Finally, you argue it out in court. 

Why Moot? 

Mooting is an incredibly useful practical application of the skills and content you’re learning in class. Competing will give you a chance to develop critical legal analysis, advocacy skills, as well as fine-tune and reinforce your knowledge about specific legal concepts. Your practice preparing for a moot will stand you in good stead in future assessments and even into your career. In addition, mooting will expose you to industry professionals and older students/alumni judges, who are often more than happy to give advice to new students

Is mooting only about advocacy? 

While being a persuasive speaker is an important part of mooting, you won’t be victorious without a sound grasp of the law that supports your argument. Marks are awarded for the preparation of written submissions, which are due during the day before a round of competition.You also needn’t worry about being a seasoned advocate, what is most important in a moot is that you explain your side’s argument, deal with questions from the bench with accurate answers, and represent your client’s to the best of your ability.

How much time is involved in mooting? Are the questions hard?

Taking part in a mooting competition will involve work. It is best to treat it like another set of assessments. The questions will always involve a substantial degree of legal uncertainty – that’s what makes them interesting to argue about. However, you will be guided by the grounds of appeal, and the time limits imposed on speakers will give you a good idea of how much depth you’re expected to have.


Foundations of Law Moot

The Foundations of Law Moot is the ideal way to dip your toe in the waters of mooting and to gain experience with others who are just beginning as well. It is also a great opportunity to make friends with people in your year!

Registrations have now closed.

Workshops will be held in the first or second week of Semester 2 and a mooting handbook will be provided.

Please contact Sebastian, Katrina and Nathan at foundationcomps@muls.org if you have any questions.

 

Novice Moot

The Novice Moot is specifically designed for students in 2nd year or above who did not participate in the Foundations of Law Moot but would like to gain experience in mooting with others at this stage as well. In 2017, the Novice Moot is also open to first time mooters who did not make the final series. It is also a great opportunity to make friends with other law students!

Registrations have now closed.

Workshops will be held in the first or second week of semester and a mooting handbook will be provided.

Please contact Sebastian, Katrina and Nathan at foundationcomps@muls.org if you have any questions.

Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot

The Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot is a prestigious competition hosted by Melbourne University in collaboration with the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and the Australian Government Solicitor.

It is a great opportunity for one team from Macquarie University, consisting of two to three students, to construct and present legal arguments relating to a constitutional law factual scenario. This year, the competition will be held from 23 September to 25 September in Melbourne and will involve a round-robin preliminary stage consisting of four moots and three finals rounds. The Grand Final will take place at the High Court in Canberra and be presided over by the Honourable Justice Michelle Gordon, the Honourable Justice Geoffrey Nettle and the Honourable Justice Stephen McLeish. The prizes on offer are $1,500 for the winning team and $500 for the runner-up. To congratulate all participating teams, there will be a welcome cocktail evening and closing gala dinner.

Registrations have now closed.

For successful applicants, details of the problem question will be released on 7 August 2017 and written submissions is due on 11 September 2017.

 

Baker McKenzie National Women’s Moot

The Baker McKenzie National Women’s Moot was established in 2011 to offer women greater equity at the Bar and opportunities to develop their advocacy skills, confidence and network with others in the legal profession.

It is the only national moot requiring all competitors to be female and is proudly sponsored by Baker McKenzie. This year, the competition will take place from 25 September to 28 September 2017. The problem question will be released after the registration closing date. Participants will need to research the law in relation to a problem scenario and form a compelling legal argument. Each team must consist of three female members.

The event will involve four preliminary rounds where each team will moot the Respondent side twice and the Appellant side twice. Following these rounds will be two semi-final rounds for the Top 4 teams and the Grand Final, which will take place at the Banco Court in Sydney. A prize will also be awarded to the best speaker. Competitors will be treated to a networking breakfast to kick start the competition and a gala dinner at the end of the grand final.

Registrations have now closed.

Please contact Nicole at externalcomps@muls.org if you have any questions.

 

Australian and New Zealand Air Law Moot

We are currently taking individual applications for the Australia and New Zealand Air Law Moot which will be held on 30 September 2 October 2017 at the University of Adelaide. 

This competition involves the application of international air law and encourages students to develop research and advocacy skills in teams consisting of at least two individuals. The 2017 moot follow the theme 'Blurring the Divide.' 

Participants will be required to research the law in relation to a problem scenario and form a compelling legal argument. 

Applicants can be from any year of law, however strong mooting experience will be essential for selection.

Registrations have now closed.

Applications will not be finalised unless a copy of your most recent resume is emailed to Nicole at externalcomps@muls.org.

 

Junior Mooting

Junior Mooting is an intermediate mooting competition for Macquarie Law students who are in their second and third year of law. Junior Moot questions can relate to any of the following areas of law: 

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort Law
  • Commonwealth Constitutional Law
  • Property/Land Law

Registrations have now closed. This competition is held in Semester 1. Please check back in 2018.

 

Senior Mooting

Senior Mooting is the most advanced level of mooting offered at Macquarie Law for students that are in at least their fourth year of law. In addition to the above, questions can relate to any of the following areas of law: 

  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporations Law
  • Equity and Trusts Law
  • Trade Practices Law

Registrations have now closed. This competition is held in Semester 1. Please check back in 2018.

 

K.K. LUTHRA MEMORIAL MOOT COURT 2018

We are currently accepting individual expressions of interest for the K.K. Luthra Memorial Moot Court which will be held between 19 to 21 January 2018 in New Delhi, India. This tournament is held in conjunction with the University of Delhi.

Over 60 universities have competed in this competition in previous years and it is the only exclusive International Criminal Law Moot competition held in India.

Participants will be required to research the law in relation to an international criminal law problem scenario and form a compelling legal argument. Teams will consist of two speakers and one researcher.

The Moot question for 2018, rules and schedule can be found on the official K.K. Luthra Memorial Moot Court website provided here.

Applicants can be from any year of law however strong mooting experience will be essential for consideration.

Registrations are currently open and closes 17 October 2017 7pm.

Please email Nicole at externalcomps@muls.org if you have any queries.