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2017 King & 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

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

Key Dates for 2017

Information Session:

Tuesday 28 February, Room G08, 1:00PM-2:00PM

  • Slides can be downloaded here.
  • Demonstration moot sample submissions can be downloaded here.

Skills Workshop: 

Tuesday 7 March, Room G08, 1:00-2:00PM.

Round 1:

Semester 1, Week 3 (Practice Round): Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March

Round 2:

Semester 1, Week 5: Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March

Round 3: 

Semester 1, Week 7: Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 April

Round 4: 

Semester 1, Week 9: Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 May

Quarter Final: 

Semester 2, Week 3: Thursday 10 August

Semi Final: 

Semester 2, Week 5: Wednesday 23 August 6:30pm at KWM

Grand Final: 

Semester 2, Week 8: Thursday 14 September 6:30pm for a 7pm start at the Federal Court


Mooting Guidebook

Download the 2017 Mooting Guidebook by clicking here.

Scoring Sheet

Download the Mooting Scoresheet by clicking here.

Bobrowski v Kaminski Information Session Problem

View the problem for the 2017 Information Session by clicking here.

Bobrowski v Kaminski Information Session Written Submission Sample

View the writen submission sample by clicking here.

Exemplar Written Submission

View the writen submission sample by clicking here.

2016 Grand Final Moot Problem

View the problem for the 2016 Grand Final by clicking here.

Previous Winners

2016: Tim Higgins, Harry Hill-Smith and Jenny Keene

2015: Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov, Kathryn Wright and Kirsten Sugden

2014: Nicholas Kotzman, Raoul Renard and Matthew Psycharis

2013: Doug Porteous, Shawn Rajanayagam and Nick Boyd-Caine

2012: Lewis Cohen, Joshua Anderson and Alex Bicknell

2011: Nicholas Tan and Paul Annabell

2010: Brendan Fitzgerald, Sam Naparstek and Jess Chiu

2009: Daniel Kinsey and Sarah Zeleznikow