From Mooting to Witness Examination, Client Interview to Negotiation, competitions are invaluable extra-curricular activities for law students. They give you the opportunity to put your legal knowledge to use in a practical and enjoyable way, and provide an insight into the work you may be doing when you enter the workforce. As your Competitions Directors for 2017, we will be overseeing the running of nine internal competitions in the law school. The competitions portfolio has two main roles.
First, we run the internal competitions, where students compete against one another in friendly tournaments which run across both semesters. The internal competitions include Mooting, Client Interview, Negotiation, Witness Examination, Women's Moot, and the International Humanitarian Law Moot. Everybody is encouraged to participate. The finalists of each competition get the opportunity to compete in front of Federal Court justices, or senior partners of major law firms. In the last two years we were fortunate enough to have Justices of the High Court preside over our Mooting Grand Final.
We are also enthusiastic to see the 2017 First Year Mooting competition include 48 teams in a round robin style format. This will allow first years to gain crucial experience before they compete in the open university competitions in later years.
The second role of the Competitions portfolio is to manage external competitions, which give Melbourne Law Students the opportunity to compete against other universities. These can sometimes be interstate or overseas. There is a diverse mix of external competitions on offer. In 2014 we sent teams to the ALSA National Mooting Competition, the ANIMAL Law Moot, the Kirby Contracts Moot, and many more. In 2017 we are honoured to be hosting the 2017 Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot at Melbourne Law School, involving law schools from across Australia.
This year, Alana and Lydia's goal in taking on this role was to help improve the experience for competitors. Our internal competitions have all had new guidebooks and scoresheets brought in, to help explain in more detail what is expected of teams, and how to improve. More detailed guidance is provided to judges, and a more stringent selection process, and judge comments on scoresheets are available to teams upon request. Our external competitions are benefitting from a network of past competitors to mentor and advise, and faculty coaching support and a new faculty liaison to assist.
Please send us an email if you have any questions, and get involved!