A moot is a competition in which two teams are provided with a factual scenario from which they must research and present legal arguments in favour of their client. Typically, teams involve two students, acting as junior or senior counsel, with an option to include one additional student as instructing solicitor. The competition requires competitors to submit written submissions that concisely outline the arguments that they wish to raise, before presenting these arguments orally before either a single judge, or a bench of judges. Throughout the oral submissions, the bench will intervene to question the competitors, which in turn provides them with both the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the law and to reinforce their arguments.
Mooting allows students to put their theoretical training and knowledge into practice. Generally, participation in mooting will provide students with a platform to develop the skills that are essential for future success in adversarial legal roles. 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.
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.
Competition Handbook, Rules and Score Sheet
To view the Mooting Handbook, click here.
Below are three links to sample submissions:
To view the 2018 Mooting Rules, click here.
To view the 2018 Mooting Score Sheet, click here.
If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please provide your email address here.
For more information, please contact the 2017 UTS LSS Competitions Directors: