High School Mooting

Join the competition now!

The Kirby Cup 2018 will be held on the Parramatta South Campus on 5 and 6 November 2018. The final will be held on 16 November 2018.

Places are strictly limited.

Register your team now by sending your expression of interest to Ms Rita Mifsud - engagement.law@westernsydney.edu.au

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What is the High School Mooting Competition?

Mooting is a hypothetic case argued among students, traditionally between novice barristers, but now typically at university level. It is an important part of the Western Sydney University School of Law curriculum, providing students the opportunity to develop skills in advocacy in real courtroom settings. Western Sydney University is inviting public, private and independent high school students in New South Wales to participate in the Kirby Cup, Western Sydney University High School Mooting Competition 2018.

The school mooting teams will be invited to compete against one another in a knockout competition to be held at the University's Parramatta Campus.

The finals will be held in the Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts Building in Parramatta. Parents and family are invited to attend the final to support their children in this presitgious event. Participation is free of charge.

Benefits to Students

The competition includes an orientation website to provide participants with valuable knowledge, rules and instruction. In addition to housing and case problem for the competition, the website will provide advice to participants on written advocacy and oral arguments. Teams then work together to research and write a brief for both the appellant and respondent in the case, based on contemporary legal principles. Competitors come together to argue their case in courtroom settings. A coin toss before each moot determines which argument will be run by each team. The final may be filmed. Competitors may review the finalists' performance for 2015 and 2017.

Students will benefit from involvment by developing their skills in:

  • Practising speaking in front of others
  • Structuring a legal argument
  • Analysing a legal case
  • Preparing a written submission
  • Working as a team

Who can participate?

Teams of four (4) students from a school can participate in the competition. There is a maximum of four students per team. You can register any of your students, but given the demands of the competition, we anticipate that those who take part will be highly motivated and conscientious individuals.

The mooting competition is designed for year 11 legal studies students or those with strong aspirations towards a career in law. Year 10 and year 12 students may participate, as may those not currently studying legal studies.

Registrations are open now and close as soon as 64 schools are registered. The competition is limited to the first 64 school teams to register.

For further information please email the Director of Engagement at m.brogan@westernsydney.edu.au or Rita Mifsud, Administrator/Project Officer engagement.law@westernsydney.edu.au

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