The Melbourne University Law Student’s Society offers students a chance to gain further experience by competing in external competitions in Melbourne, interstate and overseas. External competitions are a great chance to compete against and meet students from other top law schools. The LSS will cover team’s registration costs. Unless otherwise specified, teams will be required to pay for their own flights, accomodation and other associated expenses.
If you have any queries, please email Jessica Flatters at email@example.com. Calls for applications for the competitions will be announced on the JD Facebook pages and on this webpage.
How do I register?
When registration opens, links to the relevant forms will be made available on this page and posted to the Melbourne JD 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 pages.
What are the application criteria?
Each competition has different criteria which will be detailed when registration opens. You should include any experience which may be relevant. For instance, volunteering, research, journal positions, public speaking and debating, etc.
Do I apply in a team or by myself?
Most applications must be made as a team. The Gibbs Moot will take individual applications.
Can I apply if I am in first year?
No competitions are restricted to certain year levels, however the content and workload of the competition may make it more or less accessible to those who have only studied the first year curriculum.
Competitions Available in 2019
PLEASE NOTE: These are the competitions the LSS has entered in the past. It is not a definitive list, or a confirmed list of entries for 2019. The exact competitions entered and number of teams entered is subject to change.
Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Law Moot (Vic Uni, Melbourne)
Dates & Registration TBA.
MLS Intervarsity Negotiation Competition (Melbourne Law School)
This competition is running for the first time in 2019. In its first year, the competition will have 10 teams of two from 8 universities, including 5 teams from interstate, negotiating on commercial law problems.
Applicants: We are seeking students with experience in negotiation and commercial law.
Dates: 24-25 August 2019
Costs: No registration, travel or accommodation costs
Good luck to Thomas Carroll & Cameron de Man, and to Paulina Kruminaite & Quynh Trang McGrath who will be representing MLS in 2019.
Deakin University Commercial Arbitration Moot (Deakin University City Campus, Melbourne)
This new competition focusses on the Convention of the Internatonal Sale of Goods (CISG) and a procedural arbitrarion question. The competition is new, and intends to provide an insight into the kinds of topics discussed in the Vis Moot (a great opportunity as MLS does not participate in the Vis Moot).
Applicants: We are seeking students with mooting/public speaking experience, academic proficiency in commercial law subjects, and an interest in the CISG or international commercial disputes more generally. We will be sending 1 team of 2-3.
Dates: 3-5 September
Cost: There are no travel and accommodation costs.
Good luck to Jason Hu, Andrea Ko and Sailesh Mukundala who will be representing MLS in 2019.
PLEASE NOTE: This competition is supported by Faculty. There will be Faculty support financially and Faculty will be responsible for selecting the successful team to represent MLS.
This competition sees teams of two drawn from law schools around the world to compete over two days in India.
Applicants: We are seeking students with extensive experience in negotiations.
Dates: 6-8 September 2019
Cost: Faculty will cover registration, flights, and accommodation
Good luck to Nico Kunz and Grace Bilham who will be representing MLS in 2019.
ANIMAL Law Moot (Monash University)
This competition sees teams of 2-3 compete over both general and final rounds in the area of animal law. The competition allows teams a unique opportunity to engage in public interest law.
Applicants: We are seeking students with an intellectual interest in public interest law and public speaking and/or mooting experience.
Registration: 1 spot left! email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest by 22 August
Dates: 14-15 September 2019
Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. There are no travel and accommodation costs. PLEASE NOTE: The ANIMAL moot requires spectators to register and pay a fee of $75, MULSS will not cover the cost of spectators.
ICJV International Criminal Law Moot (ICJV, Melbourne)
This competition organised by the International Commission of Jurists sees teams of 3 compete over a preliminary round and a final round in the area of international criminal law.
Applicants: We are looking for students with experience in mooting and international criminal law, whether through subjects studied or extra curricular and volunteer experience.
Dates: 26 September – 3 October 2019
Cost: No registration, travel or accommodation costs.
Good luck to Jason Hu, Max Oppy & William Suhr, and to Kevin Fan, James Sutherland & Max Ferguson who will be representing MLS in 2019.
This competition sees teams of 3 compete over both general and final rounds in the area of corporations law. The competition allows teams to network with other students and mentors from Baker Mackenzie and the legal profession.
Applicants: We are seeking students who identify as women with mooting experience, preferably having undertaken, or currently undertaking corporations law.
Dates: 30 September – 3 October
Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.
Good luck to Phoebe Scott, Sharmera Kesavan and Rose Barnsley who will be representing MLS in 2019.
Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot (Melbourne Law School)
This competition sees teams of 2-3 compete over both general and final rounds in the area of constitutional law. The competition is presided over by current and former High Court justices and draws an extremely high level of competition.
Applicants: We are seeking students with extensive mooting and legal research experience and engagement with public law. We will be sending 1 team.
Dates: 3-5 October 2019
Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. There are no travel and accommodation costs.
Good luck to Tyrone Connell, Bodhi Shribman and Zoe Brown who will be representing MLS in 2019.
Results from 2019
Please note: Unfortunately CASTAN Human Rights Moot & Kirby Contracts Moot will not be run in 2019 by their respective organisers.
RMIT Personal Injury Moot (RMIT, Melbourne)
This competition sees teams of 2-3 compete over both general and final rounds in an area relating to tort law. The 2019 problem focused on economic loss suffered by an employee. In 2019 MLS had 3 teams participate in the competition.
Congratulations to Hannah Bullock & Priyanka Banerjee, and to Tyrone Connell and Zoe Brown who made the Semi Finals. Congratulations also to Mende Stojcevski and Cellina Christoffelsz who represented MLS in 2019.
Allen & Overy Private Law Moot (UNSW, Sydney)
This competition sees teams of 3 compete over both general and final rounds in an area relating to private law. The 2019 problem focused on equity and trusts.
Congratulations to Sofia Zudova, Sarah Watling, Edmond Stewart and Amber Withers who made it to the Semi Finals in 2019.
Gilbert + Tobin Projects Competition
This is a relatively new competition, initially offered by the Law Students’ Society in 2018 and run in collaboration with Gilbert + Tobin. The Competition sees a team of 2-3 students working on a commercial problem written by the Corporate Advisory team at G+T. Grand finalists had the opportunity to negotiate with senior lawyers and partner(s) at the G+T office in Melbourne. In 2019 the competition ran from 10 May – 3 June.
Congratulations to Ben Mishricky and Kevin Fan who took out the 2019 Grand Final, and to runners up Nick Felstead and Edison Ponari.
AAT Moot (AAT Melbourne)
This competition sees teams of 2 compete over 5 rounds held fortnightly in Semester 2 on the subject of administrative law and merits review.
Congratulations to Victor Teh, Cristina Poon and Alaryss Bosco who represented MLS in 2019.