A moot is essentially a mock court proceeding. The ‘mooters’ will take on the role of Counsel, presenting their submissions to the Judge with the goal of winning the case for their client. Each competition will involve one legal question, which may contain several legal problems in a specific area (e.g. contracts, torts, admin law etc.). A comprehensive understanding of the legal principles relevant to the case is vital, as the judge may ask any number of questions, requiring competitors to think on their feet. Public speaking skills and the ability to present well are also essential factors to succeed at mooting. Often, the greater advocates will be more successful in a moot than an opposing team with potentially more correct legal information.
Should I try Mooting?
Mooting is one of the most effective ways to put your hard earned knowledge to the test, in a competitive yet friendly environment. The fundamental aspects of the competition include detailed research, well reasoned arguments, effective oral advocacy, teamwork and thinking on your feet. These skills are all essential to legal practice. Developing these abilities whilst working through interesting areas of law will provide you with a head start in the work force, and improve your knowledge in certain legal areas through more in-depth research. Moots may cover topics that were not covered in classes. Mooting also enables students to work together with your friends and peers.
With the law school seeking participants for a number major external moots every year, entering the internal competitions can open important doors that will truly enrich your university experience.
What will you be judged on?
· Written submissions
· Advocacy, presentation and speaking skills
· Identification of relevant legal issues
· Accuracy of legal arguments
· Conclusion and advice
Expressions of Interest
SCULA hosts the Contract Law and Tort Law Championship Moots annually. Competitors of this competition are eligible to be selected to travel to locations both domestically around Australia and internationally to countries such as the US to represent both the Association and the University at these external competitions.