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 ‘MULSS Competitions 2021’ Facebook page, MULSS Newsletter and on this website. The link for the MULSS Competitions page is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/789299961420422

What are 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 have to 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 my 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 in 2021

Please note that these are the competitions the MULSS has entered in the past. It is not a definitive list, nor a confirmed list of entries for 2021. The exact competitions entered and the number of teams entered are subject to change. 


UTS Intervarsity Negotiations

With seven universities and 13 teams participating across Australia, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Intervarsity Negotiation is the largest intervarsity competition hosted by the UTS Law School Society.

This prestigious competition will be held over the weekend of 15-16 May 2021. This competition will take place over Zoom. Registration for the competition will commence via Google Form on 20 April. The Google Form will be posted here.


Gilbert + Tobin Deals Competition

Run in collaboration with Gilbert + Tobin, the Intervarsity Deals Competition aims to give law students in teams of 2-3, the opportunity to learn about practicing competition law through giving advice to a hypothetical digital platform client on a potential acquisition and associated competition law risks. Hosted by Australia’s leading Competition + Regulation practice group, this competition offers a great opportunity to develop and sharpen your drafting and interpersonal skills while getting some real-life experience as a competition lawyer!

The competition involves 4 rounds from late April to late May with the top teams from each round progressing to the next. COVID restrictions allowing, rounds 2 & 4 will be held at the Gilbert + Tobin Melbourne offices.

The rounds are:

Round 1 – Preliminary Advice (due 23 April 2021):
You will be required to prepare advice for your client on a specific set of questions regarding a proposed acquisition. This problem is released on 8 April 2021.

Quarter-Finals – Client Meeting (10 May 2021, 3-6pm):
The quarter-finals require teams to present their written advice and answer questions from their client (played by Gilbert + Tobin lawyers).

Semi-Finals – Letter to Competition Regulator (due 17 May 2021):
Following the client meeting, the hypothetical competition regulator will release a Statement of Issues setting out its key concerns with the proposed acquisition. You will be asked to prepare an advocacy style letter to the regulator addressing their concerns and offering potential remedies. This problem is released on 11 May 2021.

Grand Final – Engagement with Competition Regulator (24 May 2021, 6-8pm):
The grand final will see teams enter into a discussion with the competition regulator (played by Gilbert + Tobin lawyers) to present arguments in support of the proposed acquisition, along with possible remedies to ensure the protection of competition in Australia.

Registration is now closed.

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

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Deakin University Commercial Arbitration


UNSW Private Law Moot

The UNSW Private Law Moot will run in virtually on Saturday 22 May – Monday 24 May 2021.

The UNSW Private Law Moot is a prestigious intervarsity mooting competition, bringing together some of the best mooters from Australia and around the world to compete at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

The moot focuses specifically on private law and commercial topics. Competitors have the opportunity to demonstrate commerciality and a deep interest in private law. Previous problem questions have covered equity and trusts, corporations law and contracts.

Registration is now closed.


The Australian and New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law

This two-day annual competition will run from 18–19 September 2021. The competition is open to teams across Australia and New Zealand. ANIMAL is one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest student moots and the only animal law moot currently running.

The competition will be hosted online via video conferencing. Registration for the competition will commence via Google Form in May 2021. The Google Form will be posted here.


The Hon Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot

This moot aims to ensure its authenticity and relevance to students’ learning, the moot problem is designed to closely resemble a real-life dispute and the moot judges are mainly practitioners. It is hoped that students who avail themselves of this opportunity will further develop fundamental lawyering skills including problem-solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication (oral and written), organisation, management and teamwork. Ultimately, these skills will better equip all law graduates for further study and for their future careers. 

Preference will be given to applicants who have achieved strong results in Contracts. This team will be mentored by academic staff. Up to four students will be selected. Registration will open on 20 April via a Google Form.


Deakin University Commercial Arbitration Moot

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 McKenzie 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 McKenzie 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 

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.


AAT Moot

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.

Congratulations to Jesse Loudovaris, Malaika Khattak, Marian Liwanen, Matthew Healy, Milan Kantor and Nicholas Ong who produced this video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lwoAaPaUvKEldea7gl8jEG_DKUkDO2rQ/view?fbclid=IwAR1PUDxXn-x8Fo31NOzHefz-97Ggn9ZcHTzBpiEyBmZJXL2mlquWbmReNL0


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 Sharmera 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.