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2016 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!

Grand Final Moot Problem

View the problem for the Grand Final by clicking here

Semi Final Moot Problem

The problem for the semi finals can be downloaded by clicking here.


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 has now closed for this competition. 

Key Dates for 2016

Info Session: Wednesday 2 March, Room G08, 1:00-2:00PM

All Competitions Skills Session: Wednesday 9 March, GM15 (David Derham Theatre) 6:30PM-8:30PM

Workshop: Monday 21 March, Room G08, 1:00-2:00PM with Josh Quinn-Watson, Angus Willoughby and Thomas Wu, former Jessup mooters. 

Round 1: Sem 1, Week 3 (Practice Round)

Round 2: Sem 1, Week 5

Round 3: Sem 1, Week 7

Round 4: Sem 1, Week 9

Quarter Final: Sem 2, Week 2

Semi Final: Sem 2, Week 4

Grand Final: Wednesday 7 September, 6:30pm at the Federal Court (Courtroom 6A)


Mooting Guidebook

Download the Mooting Guidebook here.

Scoring Sheet

Download the Mooting Scoresheet here. 

Written Submission Sample

Download the sample written submission here

Mooting Research Tips

Download the slides from the Mooting Research Session here

Mooting Skills Session Tips

Download the slides from the Mooting Skills Session on 9 March here

Mooting Workshop Tips 

Download the slides from the Mooting Workshop on 21 March here

Previous Winners

2015: Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov; Kathryn Wright; Kirsten Sugden

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