First Year Witness Examination 2020

Registration for this competition is now CLOSED.

Competitors may join the Facebook group here.

For the sixth consecutive year, the LSS brings you the Foley’s List First Year Witness Examination Competitions. The problems are pitched at a level that is accessible to first years and there is a strong emphasis on helping teams improve round to round. 

Each team is guaranteed to take part in at least three fixtures, with the Grand Finalists competing in a total of 7 witness examinations across the year. There is no better way of getting experience witness exam experience as a first year than through the 2020 Foley’s List First Year Witness Examination Competition.

Preliminary rounds are held at Melbourne Law School, with the Grand Final being held at the Federal Court in Melbourne. Members of the public are welcome to attend the Grand Final.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jeremy Waite and Phillip Geoghegan at


Round 1: 18th/19th March
Round 2: 22nd/23rd April
Round 3: 6th/7th May
Quarter-Final: 12th August
Semi-Final: 2nd September
Grand Final: 16th September

Dates are subject to change.



Winners Alyssa Kim & Yuandong Qin
Pictured (left to right): Bill Cai & Tapiwa Bururu (Runners Up), Patrick Gordon & Simon Fuller (Judges), Alyssa Kim & Yuandong Qin (Winners)

Congratulations to Alyssa Kim & Yuandong Qin for winning the 2019 Foley’s List First Year Witness Examination Competition.

Congratulations to Tapiwa Bururu & Bill Cai who were the runners up of the competition.

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


2019 – Alyssa Kim and Yuandong Qin

2018 – Dave Johnson and Bodhi Shribman

2017 – Sean Carr and Jessie Li

2016 – Elif Sekercioglu and Jacob Rodrigo

2015 – Caitlin O’Neil and Madeline Close

2014 – Finn Douglas and Esther Faine-Vallantin