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2017 First Year Mooting Competition


For the fourth 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 2017 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 take part in at least three fixtures, with the Grand Finalists competing in a total of 7 moots across the year. There is no better way of getting mooting experience as a first year than through the 2017 First Year Mooting Competition.

Registration Details

Teams must consist of a Senior and Junior Counsel. An Instructing Solicitor, who assists in legal research and preparation of the written submission, but does not speak during the oral submission, 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: Problems will be released approximately 48 hours prior to your moot or witness exam.

Team size: 2-3 members.

Attire: Please wear business attire to your moot.

Registration for this competition has now closed and will reopen in 2018.

Key Dates

Information session:

Tuesday 28 February, room G08 1.00PM-2.00PM

  • Slides can be downloaded here.
  • Demonstration moot submission can be downloaded here.

Mooting Workshop: 

Tuesday 7 March, room G08 1.00PM-2.00PM

Round 1:

Semester 1, Week 4: Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March

Round 2:

Semester 1, Week 6: Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April 

Round 3:

Semester 1, Week 8: Monday 24 and Wednesday 26 April

Qualifying Finals (best 16 teams):

Semester 1, Week 10: Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May

Quarter Finals

Semester 2, Week 2: Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 August

Semi Finals

Semester 2, Week 5: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August 

Grand Final

Semester 2, Week 7 (subject to confirmation)



Download the 2017 First Year Mooting Guidebook here.

Mooting Scoresheet

Download the Mooting Scoresheet here.

Exemplar Written Submissions

Download the exemplar written submissions here.

Bobrowski v Kaminski Sample Problem

Download the sample problem from the Information Session on 28 February 2017 here.

Bobrowski v Kaminski Written Submission Sample

Download the sample written submissions here.


2017 Results


Congratulations to Andrew Tolé, Zoe Brown, and Tyrone Connell (pictured L-R) taking out this year's Baker Mckenzie First Year Mooting Competition!

Well done to the Runners Up - Timothy Tabalujan, Mihika Upadhyaya, and Brittany Llewellyn who were extremely strong competitors.

Congratulations to Zoe Brown and Mihika Upadhyaya who shared the honour of Best Speaker.

Thank you the the teams, judges, organisers, and everyone who has taken part in and supported the competition this year! 

Previous Winners

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