Join the 2019 First Year Mooting Facebook group HERE.
For the fifth consecutive year, the LSS brings you our Mooting and Witness Examination Competitions exclusively for first years. These competitions were introduced specifically for first year JD students, and as such are designed to operate as an introduction to both Mooting and Witness Examination. The problems are of a level that is accessible to first years and an emphasis will be placed on helping teams improve round to round.
In 2019, First Year Mooting will have space for 48 teams, sorted into pools in a World Cup-style fixture including group stage and knockout rounds. Each team is guaranteed to compete in at least three fixtures, with the Grand Finalists competing in a total of seven moots across the year. There is no better way to get mooting experience as a first year than through the 2019 Herbert Smith Freehills First Year Mooting Competition.
Congratulations to Cellina Christoffelsz, Sarah Watling and Amber Withers for winning the 2018 First Year Mooting Competition. Congratulations to Monica Stanisis and Hannah Bullock as runner up. Thank you to Professor Ian Malkin for writing the Grand Final tort law problem. Congratulations to Amber Withers for winning the Best Speaker award.
Grand Finalists of the 2018 First Year Moot. Pictured (Left to Right): Amber Withers (Winner), Celina Christoffelsz (Winner), Sarah Watling (Winner), Fiona Alpins, Professor Ian Malkin, the Hon Justice Caroline Kirton, Monica Stanisis and Hannah Bullock.
Winners of the 2018 First Year Mooting Competition. Pictured (Left to Right): Amber Withers, Sarah Watling and Celina Christoffelsz.
Teams must consist of a Senior and Junior Counsel. An Instructing Solicitor who assists in legal research and preparation of the written submissions (does not speak during the oral submissions) is optional, but encouraged. Team members may rotate positions during the course of the competition so that everyone gets a chance to make oral submissions.
Time commitment: For ALL competitiors, the moot problem will be released 1:00PM, two days prior to your moot. As mooting is research based, expect to spend some time reading the problem, undertaking some research and preparing for the moot.
Team size: 2–3 members
Wednesday 6 March 2019, Room 102, 1:00–2:00PM
Wednesday 13 March 2019, Room G08, 1:00–2:00PM
Semester 1, Week 4: Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March 2019
Semester 1, Week 6: Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 April 2019
Semester 1, Week 9 (Due to ANZAC Day & Law Ball in Week 8): Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May 2019
Qualifying Finals (top 16 teams):
Semester 1, Week 10: *ALL teams are scheduled to compete on Wednesday 15 May*
Semester 2, Week 2: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Semester 2, Week 4: Wednesday 21 August 2019
Semester 2, Week 7: Wednesday 12 September 2019
Download the 2019 HSF First Year Mooting Competition Guidebook here.
Download the 2019 HSF First Year Mooting Competition Scoresheet here.
Download the 2019 HSF First Year Mooting Competition Judges' Guidelines here.
Download the exemplar written submissions HERE.
Download the slides from the 2019 Information Session here.
Download the slides from the 2019 Workshop here.
2018: Celina Christoffelsz, Sarah Watling and Amber Withers
2017: Zoe Brown, Tyrone Connell, Andrew Tolé
2016: Jessica Koops, Anna Liu and Camille Bentley-McGoldrick
2015: Jennifer Keene, Harry Hill-Smith and Tim Higgins