Committee

Melbourne University Law Students' Society

2015 King and Wood Mallesons Mooting Competition

Mooting is the traditional bloodbath sport of law school and is your chance to get a taste of what it is like to be a real Atticus Finch in the heat of battle! In mooting you will encounter a 'mock' courtroom scenario where two teams compete against each other in the context of a mock submission.

The problem, a hypothetical fact scenario, is usually framed as an appeal against an earlier decision. As such, the facts have already been agreed upon, and the two sides are debating issues of law with one team representing the appellant and the other representing the respondent. 

Each team is required to submit a written submission to the court, as well as make oral submissions to the judge. It’s a fun, social opportunity to develop your legal research and oral advocacy skills, as well as a chance to demonstrate who has the punniest team name!

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. As mooting is research based, expect to spend several hours researching, as well as a few hours writing your submission and preparing for the moot.
 
Team size: 2-3 members
 
Attire: Please wear business attire to your moot
 
Registrations for this competition open at 5PM Tue 10 March and close at 5PM Thu 12 March.

Key Dates for 2015

Information Session:

Thursday 5 March

Mooting Workshop:

Tuesday 10 March

  • Room 109 1.00-2.00PM

Practice Day: 

Friday 20 March

  • Teams will have the opportunity to participate in two practise moots during the day and receive feedback from judges.
  • Practise day is only open to teams who have not mooted before.

 

Preliminary Round:

Sem 1, Week 4

Round 1: 

Sem 1, Week 6 and 7

Round 2: 

Sem 1, Week 9

Round 3: 

Sem 1, Week 11

Round 4: 

Sem 2, Week 3

Semi Final: 

Sem 2, Week 5

Grand Final: 

Thursday 17 September


Resources

Mooting Guidebook

Download the mooting guidebook here

Scoring Sheet

Download the mooting scoring sheet here

Written Submission Sample

Download the sample written submission here

Mooting 101 Powerpoint

Download the 101 powerpoint here


Previous Winners

2014: Nicholas Kotzman; Raoul Renard; Matthew Psycharis

2013: Doug Porteous; Shawn Rajanayagam; Nick Boyd-Caine

2012: Lewis Cohen; Joshua Anderson; Alex Bicknell

2011: Nicholas Tan; Paul Annabell

2010: Brendan Fitzgerald; Sam Naparstek; Jess Chiu

2009: Daniel Kinsey; Sarah Zeleznikow


Contact

Stephanie Mercuri

Mooting Competition Officer

lss-mooting@unimelb.edu.au

Jessica Cao

Mooting Competition Officer

lss-mooting@unimelb.edu.au