A moot is a competition in which two teams, represented by a senior and junior barrister, act for the parties involved. Both counsel for the plaintiff/appellant and defendant/respondent are provided with a scenario from which they must research and present legal arguments in favour of their client.
These legal arguments come in the form of a written submission (submitted prior to the moot commencing) and an oral submission (the moot). The written submission outlines the arguments that each team wishes to raise, who will be arguing them (one as Junior Counsel, the other as Senior Counsel) and how long each counsel will speak. The scenario raises a ‘moot’ point of law, which is balanced to allow for solid arguments to be raised by each party. During the moot the judge will become involved and will often ask for explanations of specific points of law and considerations of alternative points of view.
Mooting allows students to put their theoretical training and knowledge into practice. Generally, a moot attempts to touch on many of the skills you’ll need if you go on to practice law. Mooting trains competitors in courtroom etiquette, time management, critical thinking and speaking under pressure. It includes the preparation of an argument, submission of the reasoning, making your case and rebutting the case put by the other side.
How to Participate
Mooting at UTS is divided into four broad categories:
- Junior Mooting is run over four/five weeks in the Spring semester. This competition is open to first- and second-year students who are financial members of the UTS LSS and have never participated in a moot before. Problem questions are set at first- and second year standards.
- Open Mooting is run over four/five weeks in the Autumn semester. This competition is open to all financial members of the UTS LSS. Problem questions are more challenging than those in the junior competition.
- Subject Moots run over a single weekend. They are open to all financial members of the UTS LSS, however each year the Subject Mooting Director may restrict one or two moots to “junior” competitors only (first- and second-year students who have never participated in a moot). The problem question will be drawn from a specific area of law, such as the Varham Torts Moot or the Holland Constitutional Law Moot. For more information, click here.
- Intervarsity Moots are held locally, nationally or internationally and are directed at our most experienced mooters. For more information, click here.
Information on how to apply will be available soon!
Is Experience Necessary?
No experience is required to moot!
Historically, students often begin mooting at the junior level (either in Junior Mooting or a junior-level Subject Moot) before attempting a senior or intervarsity competition. However, there is no experience pre-requisite for any competition and those students who enter Senior Mooting without experience will learn the necessary skills quickly.
To see a tutorial video for mooting, please click here.
Competition Handbook, Rules and Score Sheet
To view the Mooting Handbook, click here.
Below are three links to sample submissions:
To view the 2017 Mooting Rules, click here.
To view the 2017 Mooting Score Sheet, click here.
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For more information, please contact the 2017 UTS LSS Competitions Directors: