First Year Mooting 2020

Registration for this competition is now CLOSED.

Join the 2020 First Year Mooting Facebook group here.

For the sixth consecutive year, the LSS brings you our Mooting Competition exclusively for first years. This competition were introduced specifically for first year JD students, with problems focusing on areas of law such as torts and contracts.

In 2020, First Year Mooting has space for 48 teams, sorted into pools in a World Cup-style fixture including group stage and knockout rounds. Each team is guaranteed to compete in at least three fixtures, with the Grand Finalists competing in a total of seven moots across the year. There is no better way to get mooting experience as a first year than through the 2019 Herbert Smith Freehills First Year Mooting Competition.

The Competition has four preliminary rounds which are followed by the Quarter, Semi and Grand Final. The Grand Final is held at the Federal Court. Members of the public are also encouraged to attend this event.

Competition Details

Teams must consist of a Senior and Junior Counsel. An Instructing Solicitor who assists in legal research and preparation of the written submissions (does not speak during the oral submissions) 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: For ALL competitiors, the moot problem will be released 1:00PM, two days prior to your moot. As mooting is research based, expect to spend some time reading the problem, undertaking some research and preparing for the moot.

Team size: 2–3 members

Attire: Business

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Annie Jiang and Tina Yao on


Round 1: 1st/2nd April
Round 2: 29th/30th April
Round 3: 13th/14th May
Quarter-Final: 5th August
Semi-Final: 19th August
Grand Final: 3rd September

Dates are subject to change.



Winners – Hugo Rogers, Kevin Sebastian & Haydn Berry
Runners Up (Annie Jiang, Tina Yao & Felix Shen), Winners (Haydn Berry, Hugo Rogers & Kevin Sebastian), Judges (Professor Ian Malkin, Her Hon Judge Heather Riley & Xi Xi Wang from Herbert Smith Freehills) and First Year Moot Officers (Hannah Bullock & Amber Withers).

Congratulations to Penny Lane (Haydn Berry, Hugo Rogers & Kevin Sebastian) for winning the 2019 Herbert Smith Freehills First Year Mooting Competition. Congratulations to Subtle Asian Lawyers (Annie Jiang, Tina Yao & Felix Shen) who were the runners up of the competition.

The Best Speaker of the Grand Final was awarded to Kevin Sebastian.

Thank you to Professor Ian Malkin for writing the Grand Final Problem and thank you to all those who participated in 2019.


2019 – Haydn Berry, Hugo Rogers & Kevin Sebastian

2018 – Celina Christoffelsz, Sarah Watling and Amber Withers

2017 – Zoe Brown, Tyrone Connell and Andrew Tolé 

2016 – Jess Koops, Anna Liu and Camille Bentley-McGoldrick

2015 – Jennifer Keene, Harry Hill-Smith and Tim Higgins

2014 – Luke Chircop, Morgan Koegel and Blake Connell