External Competitions

The Melbourne University Law Students’ Society offers students a chance to gain further experience by competing in external competitions in Melbourne, interstate and overseas. External competitions are a great chance to compete against and meet students from other top law schools. The LSS will cover teams’ registration costs. Unless otherwise specified, teams will be required to pay for their own flights, accommodation and other associated expenses.

If you have any queries, please email externalcompetitions@mulss.com. Calls for applications for the competitions will be announced on the JD Facebook pages and on this page. 

FAQ

How do I register?

When registration opens, links to the relevant forms will be made available on this page and posted to the Melbourne JD 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 pages.

How about the application criteria?

Each competition has a unique set of criteria which will be detailed when registration opens. You should include any experience which may be relevant, for instance, volunteering, research, journal positions, public speaking, debating etc.

Do I apply in a team or by myself?

Most applications must be made as a team, with some exceptions (as noted). The Gibbs Moot, for example, will take individual applications.

Can I apply if I am in First Year?

Competitions are not restricted to certain year levels. However, the content and workload of the competition may make it more or less accessible to those who have only studied the First-year curriculum.

Competitions Available in 2020

PLEASE NOTE: These are the competitions the LSS has entered in the past. It is not a definitive list or a confirmed list of entries for 2020. The exact competitions entered and the number of teams entered is subject to change. 

 Unfortunately, the following competitions did not run in 2020 due to
COVID-19:

  • The CASTAN Centre Human Rights Moot;
  • The Australian and New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law;
  • Herbert Smith Freehills NLU Delhi International Negotiations Competition;
  • ICJV International Criminal Law Moot;
  • QUT Torts Moot;
  • The Hon Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot;
  • Allen & Overy Private Law Moot; and
  • RMIT Personal Injury Moot.

We look forward to seeing these competitions adapt to new formats, where possible, in 2021. We’re also looking forward to participating in new competitions throughout the year.

Deakin University Commercial Arbitration Moot
(Deakin University City Campus, Melbourne)

This competition focuses on the Convention of the International Sale of Goods (‘CISG’). Arbitration is a key dispute resolution mechanism for resolving international commercial disputes, with legal practitioners specialised in this field being highly sought after. Participants are required to seek resolution to a fictitious problem in a simulated virtual courtroom setting. Each team competes in two rounds on day one, once as claimant and once as respondent. The semi-final and grand final takes place on day two.

This moot presents a great opportunity for students interested in international arbitration, particularly since MLS does not participate in the Vis Moot.

The rounds will be judged by legal practitioners who have competed in the Vis Moot or similar.

Congratulations to MLS students Grace Dickinson, Madelaine Pittle, and Lachlan Helme-King who advanced to the semi-finals in 2020. Further congratulations must go to Grace Dickinson who won Best Speaker for the Competition.

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Baker Mackenzie National Women’s Moot (UNSW, Sydney)

This competition saw teams of three compete over both general and final rounds in the area of Criminal Law. The competition allows teams to network with other students and mentors from Baker Mackenzie and the legal profession.

Congratulations to both teams who represented MLS in 2020: Aalishna Alag, Estelle Morrissey, and Annie Tran; Joanna Gu, Chitban Sahni, and Shruti Sudarsan.

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Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot (Melbourne Law School)

This competition saw teams of two to three compete over multiple rounds in the area of constitutional law. The competition is presided over by current and former High Court Justices, and draws an extremely high level of competition.

We sought a team of students with extensive mooting and legal research experience and engagement with public law.

Congratulations to Nicholas Felstead, Priyanka Banerjee, and Mairead O’Connor for advancing to the Quarter Finals and representing MLS in 2020.


Gilbert + Tobin Deals Competition

This competition is run in collaboration with Gilbert + Tobin, with the competition becoming an Intervarsity affair between Monash Law Students and Melbourne Law Students. The competition saw a team of two to three students working on a commercial problem written by the Corporate Advisory team at G+T. Grand finalists had the opportunity to present their solution to senior lawyers and partner(s) at the G+T office in Melbourne.

Congratulations to Josephine Le, Ciara Lavender and Tim Holden who competed in the 2020 Grand Final against Monash Law Students.

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AAT Moot (AAT Melbourne)

This competition saw teams of two compete over five rounds held fortnightly in Semester 2 on the subject of administrative law and merits review.

Congratulations to Brendan McGing, Annie Jiang and Tina Yao who represented MLS in 2020.


ANU Indigenous Law Reform and Advocacy Competition

The Inaugural Indigenous Law Reform and Advocacy Competition is hosted online by ANU, with this year’s theme being Black Lives Matter. Competitors must submit a 5 to 10 minute video clip addressing a question relating to law reform.

Applications: We are seeking students with a keen interest in public policy and law reform, with a preference for students with video editing skills.

Registration: OPEN! Registrations close on 19 October 2020. Please follow this link: https://forms.gle/rDsmhgNwuphBpPs48 to register your interest.

Prize: $1000 AUD to be donated in the names of the winners to the Indigenous-led charity of their choice.

Dates: Submissions close 2 November 2020.

Cost: Free.


ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot

This Intervarsity Moot was the first of its kind and open to New Zealand and Australian law schools. The competition will ran online in October 2020. His Honour Justice Michael Kirby AC, CMG was one of the judges for the final of the moot, was held on 13 October, 2020.

The problem question will focused on the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and the tort of privacy.

Congratulations to Kevin Sebastian, Phoebe Scott and Shamera Kevasan who are currently representing MLS in 2020 and have advanced to the Grand Final. Special mention to Kevin Sebastian who was awarded Best Advocate.

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Herbert Smith Freehills NLU Delhi International Negotiations Competition (Delhi, India)

PLEASE NOTE: This competition is supported by Faculty. There will be Faculty support financially and Faculty will be responsible for selecting the successful team to represent MLS. Unfortunately, the competition could not be run this year. MULSS hopes to send competitors in the future.

This competition sees teams of two drawn from law schools around the world to compete over two days in India.