Mooting is a traditional law school competition that entails a 'mock' courtroom scenario. In each round, two teams compete against each other in the context of a mock submission, usually an appeal from an earlier decision, with one team representing the appellant and the other representing the respondent. As such, the facts have already been agreed upon, and the two sides will be debating issues of law. Each team will be required to submit a written submission to the court, as well as make a brief oral submission to the judge.
Teams must consist of a Senior and Junior Counsel, who will each make a 10-minute oral submission to the court – with the judge asking questions – over the applicable points of law (not facts). However, each team may also have an Instructing Solicitor, who assists in the legal research and writing of the written submission, but does NOT speak during the oral submission. The Solicitor is optional and has been introduced to add flexibility to the competition; so that if one teammate cannot make it to a particular mooting round, this will not disqualify the team from the competition. Team members may rotate positions during the course of the competition so that everyone gets a chance to make oral submissions. This is also in line with the ALSA regulations.
The Mooting Competition is an exciting way to get experience in public speaking, but may require a great deal of legal research into obscure and unstudied areas of law. An Information Session will take place during Week 2 for competitors who have not previously mooted. Keep your eyes on the website for more information with regards to the upcoming practice round and formal competition.
Time commitment: Problems are released at 12pm on the day prior to your moot, which gives each day about a day and a half to prepare. 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
Information session: Tuesday 4th March
Mooting Workshop: Tuesday 11th March
Practice Round: Friday 14th March
Sign ups are now open --> follow the following link to register for practice day: https://docs.google.com/a/student.unimelb.edu.au/forms/d/16pa6xo9P2Fg_9aAtscHnyCvQUbk9ukmvV6CAP_MfbCw/viewform
Sign ups are open from Wed 5th March 5pm and will close Friday 7th March 5pm. We have limited spaces so places will be awarded on a first in, best dressed basis so get in quick!
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