Committee

Melbourne University Law Students' Society

The Melbourne University Law Student's Society offers students a chance to gain further experience by competing in external competitions in Melbourne, interstate and around the world. Externals are a great chance to compete against and meet students from other top law schools. The LSS will cover team's registration costs. Teams will be required to pay for their own flights, accomodation and other associated expenses, unless otherwise specified.

If you have any queries, please email Alana and Lydia at lss-competitions@unimelb.edu.au. Calls for applications for the competitions will be announced on the JD Facebook pages, and on this webpage. 

 

FAQ

How do I register?

When registration opens, links to the form will be made available on this page and posted to the Melbourne JD 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 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 - volunteering, researching, journal positions, public speaking and debating, etc.

Do I apply in a team or by myself?

Most applications must be made as a team. In cases where teams have not applied with the maximum number of members, we may solicit applications from students to be researchers for the team if this would be beneficial. The ALSA Championship and Gibbs moots 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 2017

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 2017. The exact competitions entered and number of teams entered is subject to change. 

 

Herbert Smith Freehills NLU Delhi International Negotiations Competition (Delhi, India)

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 2 drawn from law schools around the world compete over 2 days in India. 

Applicants: We are seeking students with extensive experience in negotiations

Registration: Registration has now CLOSED.

Dates: 8-10 September 2017

Cost: Faculty will cover registration, flights, and accommodation

 

Zaparas Lawyers 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 2016 problem focussed on mental harm suffered by an employee.

Applicants: We are seeking students with public speaking experience and an interest in tort law. This competition is accessible to all year levels. We are looking to send 2 teams.

Registration: Registration is now CLOSED.

Dates: 19th-20th May

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. There are no travel and accommodation requirements.

 

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 2017 problem will focus on equity and trusts.

Applicants: We are seeking students with public speaking (preferably mooting) experience and an interest in private law. The competition organisers have advised that team members should have studied or will be studying trusts and equity (as it relates to trusts).

Registration: Registration is now CLOSED.

Dates: 20-22nd May

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

 

Australian Legal Philosophy Students' Association Essay Competition

The Australian Legal Philosophy Students' Association is proud to present the 2017 Australian Legal Philosophy Students’ Association Essay Competition. The 2017 ALPSA Essay Competition boasts a judging panel comprising the Honourable Justice Patrick Keane of the High Court of Australia, Professor Jeremy Waldron of New York University, and Professor Brian Bix of the University of Minnesota.

The 2017 ALPSA Essay Competition will focus on jurisprudential perspectives on the proposed bill of rights for Queensland and entries are open until 31 July 2017. First prize will be a $750 cash prize and publication in the University of Queensland Law Journal. Second prize will be a $200 cash prize and third prize will be a $100 cash prize.

Support for the 2017 ALPSA Essay Competition comes from The Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, an Institute of the University of Sydney, the Australasian Association of Philosophy, and the University of Tasmania. Full details of the 2017 ALPSA Essay Competition are available on our website: https://alpsaonline.wordpress.com/compet…/essay-competition/.

Please send any queries about the competition to the ALPSA Competitions Director at molly.thomas1@uq.net.au.

Registration: This essay competition is open to all students. Entried are not capped, and there is no need to apply through the LSS, students may independently enter.

Dates: Entries close 31 July 2017

Cost: No entry or travel costs

 

ALSA Championship Moot (Canberra)

PLEASE NOTE: The ALSA conference also hosts Witness examination, negotiations, and client interview competitions which we may enter to provide some diversity. 

This competition sees teams of 2-3 compete over both general and final rounds in an area drawn from the core curriculum, which may range from Criminal Law, Tort Law, Constitutional Law, and any aspect of Private Law. 

Applicants: We are seeking students with extensive mooting experience and academic and research ability. We will be sending 1 team.

Registration: Applications have now closed.

Dates: 3-8th July

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs and provide assistance towards travel and accommodation costs.

 

CASTAN Centre Human Rights Law Moot (Monash University, Melbourne)

This competition allows teams to engage with the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities a rare opportunity to research and develop creative arguments not provided in the core curriculum. 

Applicants: We are seeking students with an intellectual interest in human rights and public law. As the content of this moot is not within the core curriculum, this moot is accessible to all year levels.

Registration: TBC

Dates: TBC (August/September)

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. There are no travel and accommodation requirements.

 

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.

Applicants: We are seeking students with an intellectual interest in public law. While the content relates to Administrative law, concepts of merits review are accessible to those in all year levels.

Registration: Teams can apply to represent MLS here.

Dates: Multiple weeks during second semester, details here.

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. There are no travel and accommodation requirements.

 

Michael Kirby Contracts Moot (Victoria University, Melbourne)

Teams of 3-4 compete over general and final rounds in a moot modelled on a commercial arbitration. 

Applicants: We are seeking students with proficiency in obligations, contracts, and concepts of equity and remedies. This moot is accessible to all year levels though will require knowledge of 2nd year content to be learned.

Registration: Apply to represent MLS here

Dates: 25th to 28th September

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. There are no travel and accommodation requirements. Teams will need to cover their own tickets to gala dinner.

 

Baker Mackenzie Womens Moot (Sydney University, Sydney)

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.

Registration: TBC

Dates: TBC (September)

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

 

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: Registration has now CLOSED.

Dates: Competition 16th -17th September 2017

Moot problem released: 11 August 2017

Submissions due: 8 September 2017

Mooters receive opposing teams' submissions for round 1: 14 September 2017, 5 pm

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.

 

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.

Registration: Applications have now closed.

Dates: 23-25th September

Cost: The LSS will cover registration costs. There are no travel and accommodation costs.

 

*NEW* 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.

Registration: Applications will open after exam period.

Dates: 5th and 7th of Spetember. Problem released end of July, written submissions for both sides due at the end of August.

Cost: There are no travel and accommodation costs.

 

Results from 2017

 

Commonwealth Moot

Congratulations to Joshua Quinn-Watson, Anna Saunders, and Luke Chircop (pictured L-R) for their amazing win at the recent CLEA Conference Moot! This competition drew teams from all countries within the Commonwealth, with the MLS team being chosen to represent Australia. In addition to taking home a win, Joshua Quinn-Watson was also awarded the prize for Best Oralist in the competition and Best Oralist in the Grand Final.
 

 

Zaparas Lawyers Personal Injury Moot

MLS had a fantastic showing at RMIT's 4th annual Personal Injury Moot. Both our teams made the Grand Final, with Taylor Mitas, Veronica Volfneuk, and Margie Brown (pictured L-R) taking out the win, with Margie Brown also taking out the award for Best Speaker.

Congratulations to Eugene Teo, Duncan Willis, and Stefan Pislevik on making the Grand Final, and on winning Best Written Submission. 


Well done to both teams on a great performance and their first time representing MLS at an external mooting competition!

 

Allen & Overy Trusts Moot

Congratulations to Gavin Rees, Annika McInerney, Daniel Wright-Neville, and Philippa Anstey who recently competed in the Allen & Overy Trusts moot in Sydney. The team performed very well and were praised for their arguments in the general rounds, however missed out on a place in the Semi Final on a points count back. 

They did go on to win Best Written Submission for the Appellant, and Best Written Submission for the Respondent, congratulations to all on such a well researched, prepared, and presented case!

 

ALSA Championship Moot

Congratulations to Daniel Wright-Neville, Gabrielle Verhagen, and Gavin Rees (pictured L-R), who have just competed in the ALSA Championship Moot. The team mooted on a challenging problem involving new areas of law in both trusts and restitution, and made it to the quarter final.

The team were also invited to the social and educational events running throughout the conference, and are pictured below at the Gala Dinner held at Parliament House. 

 

 

ANIMAL Law Moot

Congratulations to Ashleigh Feurtado, Tyrone Connell, and Edmond Stewart (pictured L-R) on their recent victory in the ANIMAL Law Moot, where Edmond was also awarded the Best Speaker.

Congratulations also to Eliza Jane Waters, Ky My Du, and Jake Herd who also competed, and narrowly missed a place in the semi final.

We are particularly proud of the success of so many team members in first year, and hope to see them mooting for MLS in the future!

 

Results from 2016

 

ALSA Championship Moot

Congratulations to the Melbourne Law School team, Luke Chircop and Joshua Quinn-Watson. The team made it to the semi finals before being narrowly defeated by UNSW. Josh also received the prize for Best Oralist! 

 


Castan Centre Human Rights Moot

Congratulations to Rosie Cham, Jacinta Cox and Elizabeth Flatley who made it to the semi finals, and Shane Chandra, Luke Chircop and Beau Paterson, who made it to the quarter finals. Both teams put in a huge effort and we are very proud of their success. Thanks to former student and Castan Moot winner Jack Maxwell, who coached both teams. 

 


Gibbs Moot

This year's Melbourne Law School Team — Alexander Di Stefano, Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov and Angus Willoughby — had great success in the competition. The team made it all the way to the Grand Final, presided over by The Hon Ian Callinan, The Hon Susan Crennan and The Hon William Gummow. They were narrowly defeated by ANU, but Alexandra took home the prize for Best Oralist in the Grand Final, and the team also won the prize for Best Defendant Memorandum. We are very grateful to barrister Chris Tran who coached the team.

 


Kirby Contract Moot

This year we entered three teams in the Kirby Contract Law Moot, and they all did a fantastic job. Congratulations to Pete Catterson, Lydia Holt and Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore, who made it to the semi finals; Elizabeth Brumby, Julia Nikolic and Caitlin O'Neil who made it to the quarter finals; and Tom Monotti and Annabel Tresise who made it to the octo finals. Julia Nikolic also received the prize for Runner-up Best Oralist in the Finals. All teams did an incredible job. Thanks also to Joshua Quinn-Watson, Jeannie Paterson, Elise Bant, Wayne Jocic and Andrew Robertson who generously provided coaching support. 


Baker & McKenzie Women's Moot

This year's team was Jacinta Cox, Gemma Hannah and Lily McCaffrey, and they did very well, winning three out of their four moots. Congratulations! Many thanks to Dr Rosemary Langford, who coached the team. 


Contact

Alana Perna

Competitions Director

lss-competitions@lists.unimelb.edu.au

Lydia Holt

Competitions Director

lss-competitions@lists.unimelb.edu.au