Women’s Moot

Registration for this competition is currently closed.

The 2020 Allens Women’s Moot is a joint initiative by the Competitions and Women’s portfolios. This Competition was created in 2015, with the aspiration of helping to break down differences in opportunity between women and men at university. It is well known that the legal profession (and more specifically advocacy) structurally disadvantages women and it was the intention of this competition to given female advocates further experience beyond ordinary mooting competitions, and to celebrate women in the law. 

The Allens Womens Moot is open to JD students in all year levels and first year students are encouraged to participate. Teams consist of 2-3 students: two barristers and one optional instructing solicitor.

The Moot uses one problem throughout the whole competition, giving students ample opportunity to learn from their mistakes to improve their legal and oral advocacy skills.

Preliminary rounds are held at Melbourne Law School. The Grand Final for 2020 will be held at Allens, 37/101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Members of the public are free to attend.

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 Ying Wong and Awura Abena Owusu on womensmoot@mulss.com.


Round 1:
Round 2:
Round 3:
Grand Final:

Please note, that dates may be subject to change.



Winners Tess Varney, Ella White and Lucy MacLachlan
Runners Up Sophie Hondros and Ellie Grigoriadis
Judges Fiona Forsyth QC, Jaime McKenzie (Allens) and Michelle Berry (Allens)

Congratulations to Tess Varney, Ella White and Lucy MacLachlan for winning the 2020 Allens Womens Moot. Ella White was awarded Best Speaker.

Congratulations to Sophie Hondros and Ellie Grigoriadis who were the Runners Up of the Competition.

Thank you to our two co-opts Ying Wong and Awura Abena Owusu and all those who participated!


2020 – Tess Varney, Ella White and Lucy MacLachlan

2019 – Andriana Georgiou and Elizabeth Georgiou

2018 – Rose Barnsley, Sharmera Kesavan and Phoebe Scott

2017 – Tea Liu, Huda Waraich and Lily Wright

2016 – Panagiota Houpis, Emily Mackay and Georgie Tweedy