2021 Competitions

La Trobe Competitions 2021

Note: Our Competitions will now run virtually. Please see our Facebook page for more details!

 

Clayton Utz Junior Moot

Registrations Open: 1 April

Registration Close: 11 April

Preliminary Rounds: 19 April – 21 April

Quarter Finals: 29 April – 20 April

Semi Finals: 7 May

The Junior Moot is a torts-based moot so ideally participants will be completing or have completed Tort Law. As it is open to first time mooters, who have not previously competed in an internal or external moot, the Junior Moot is an excellent way to begin mooting. It is a popular choice amongst La Trobe law students taking the initial plunge into competitions. In addition to this, the Junior Moot will help you to develop advocacy skills and presents an opportunity to gain invaluable feedback from previous competition winners and a legal professional such as a barrister, if you proceed through to the Grand Final. As with all competitions, partaking in the Junior Moot will enhance your CV.

You can register in teams of two or three (with a maximum of two speakers and one solicitor). Alternatively, you can email competitions@latrobelsa.com for help finding a team.

King & Wood Mallesons Senior Moot

Registrations Open: 12 March

Registration Close: 21 March

Preliminary Rounds: 29 March – 30 March

Quarter-Finals: 14 April – 15 April

Semi Finals: 23 April

The Senior Moot is focused on the area of contract. All La Trobe law students are welcome to participate. While mooting experience is not required, it is often partaken by those with previous mooting experience from competitions or completing Evidence and Criminal Procedure (LAW2ECP). Participating in the Senior Moot is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself and your knowledge of contract. In addition to this, your skills in legal research and litigation will be tested before a judge which is a memorable experience for every law student.

You can register in teams of two or three (with a maximum of two speakers and one solicitor). Alternatively, you can email competitions@latrobelsa.com for help finding a team.

Maddocks JD Moot

Registrations Open: TBA

Registration Close: TBA

Preliminary Rounds: TBA

Semi Finals: TBA

Competitions Grand Final: TBA

The JD Moot is a torts-based competition open to JD students only. Ideally, participants will be completing or will have already completed Tort Law. Partaking in the JD Moot is an excellent way for JD students to develop sharp advocacy skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.

Leo Cussen Criminal Law Moot

Registrations Open: TBA

Registration Close: TBA

Preliminary Rounds: TBA

Semi Finals: TBA

Competitions Grand Final: TBA

The Criminal Law Moot is an extremely popular competition within the La Trobe Law School and is focused on the area of criminal law. This competition is open to all year levels and is popular amongst beginners, particularly those currently studying LAW1CRL.

You can register in teams of two (two speakers). Alternatively, you can email competitions@latrobelsa.com for help finding a team.

Allens Negotiation Competition

Registrations Open: TBA

Registration Close: TBA

Preliminary Rounds: TBA

Semi Finals: TBA

Competitions Grand Final: TBA

In legal practice, negotiation skills are highly sought after as they have the potential to save the client’s time and money. They are especially useful in the corporate sector where court costs can be exponential, and litigation could last for years. The Negotiation Competition involves a meeting between two teams. At the beginning of the competition both teams will be given the same set of facts, in addition to confidential information exclusive for each team. Your objective is to engage with opposing counsel to reach an agreement that best suits your client. Think about your team strategy. How do you plan to resolve disputes as they arise? How will you achieve the best result for your client without divulging too much confidential information?

The competition runs for approximately 55 minutes and afterwards teams receive 5 minutes for self-reflection as the judges mark each performance. Each team will then conduct a 5-minute self-analysis in the presence of the judges by reference to a number of key questions. You will be evaluated on the following:

• Your communication skills;

• How well you are able to attain an outcome best suited to your client; and

• Effective dispute resolution.

There will be one preliminary round and a final round. Register in teams of two and remember law students of any year level are welcome to participate.

 

Each team requires participation of two La Trobe Law students who will receive their mooting question roughly 7 days prior to the preliminary rounds of the moot.

The College of Law International Humanitarian Law Moot

Registrations Open: 8 March

Registration Close: 14 March

Preliminary Rounds: 22 March – 24 March

Quarter-Finals: 31 March – 1 April

Semi Finals: 13 April

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot is a distinguished academic competition within the La Trobe Law Students’ Association. The IHL Moot involves a legal debate of issues raised in the regulation of armed conflict and protection of persons not engaged in warfare.

This is a great opportunity to further develop and sharpen your advocacy skills in a fundamental area of international law that requires both passion and reason. Students undertaking a double degree in Law/International Relations or Arts (Political Science) may especially benefit through this unique opportunity to combine their areas of study.

Each team requires participation of two La Trobe Law students who will receive their mooting question roughly 7 days prior to the preliminary rounds of the moot.

Witness Examination Competition

Registrations Open: 12 April

Registrations Close: 25 April

Preliminary Round: 27 April – 28 April

Quarter Final: 5 April – 6 May

Semi Final: 19 May

The Witness Examination is a criminal law competition and, unlike Mooting, participants compete individually.

At the beginning of the round, each competitor is assigned the role of either prosecution or defence and must then examine and cross-examine two witnesses in an attempt to uncover the facts of a crime.

There are no prerequisites to enter, so it is a great opportunity for first-timers or students undertaking LAW2ECP. Even if you are a more seasoned competitor, take part to develop valuable advocacy skills, improve your CV and have some fun.

 

 

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