High School Competition

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The School of Law is inviting high school students in New South Wales to participate in the Kirby Cup Western Sydney University Competition in 2020.

Usually, this competition takes the form of a moot- arguing a hypothetical case before a judge. Teams who have competed in the past have found this to be a rewarding, but very challenging experience.

Western Sydney School of Law is mindful of the pressures on students, teachers and school administrators in 2020, due to COVID-19, and we do not want to add to this pressure.  At the same time, we know how much students enjoy the Kirby Cup.  So, in 2020, this competition will still be run, but in a substantially modified format.

Schools will be allowed to enter 2 teams of up to 4 students per team.  Rather than competing in a moot, students will be asked to create an artefact on the theme ‘the Rule of Law in times of crisis’. Each team may submit one entry.  The entry may take any of the following forms:

  • An essay
  • A speech
  • A short film
  • A piece of creative writing
  • An artwork
  • A musical composition

Entries will be judged according to criteria developed by the Law School, and finalists will be selected to present their work to a panel of judges, and to explain how their work relates to the theme ‘the Rule of Law in times of crisis’.

Who may participate?

This competition is specifically designed for year 10, 11 and 12 high school students who may have aspirations towards a career in the law. However, it is not limited to those students enrolled in the Preliminary or HSC Legal Studies units. Participation in the competition is free of charge.

Key Dates for 2020

Friday 16 October Teams to submit their entries
Friday 6 November Finalists to present their work to panel

Benefits to Students

The 2020 competition provides high school students with a unique opportunity to consider the way law interacts with society.  In 2020, it provides them with a way to think independently and creatively about this issue, and to present their ideas in a variety of ways.

Support and Resources for Students and Teachers

The modified competition will mean that students will be able to work independently to develop their entries.  However, resources will still be available to support students and teachers.

Competing teams will have access to a Western Sydney University website which contains:

  • Stimulus material and readings on the competition theme ‘the Rule of Law in times of crisis’
  • Competition guidelines for 2020, which will include guidelines relating to the format of each type of artefact, and how to submit entries;
  • An online Q&A forum, which will enable students and teachers to ask questions and receive answers prior to the competition commencing.

This material will be available from early June 2020, to allow students sufficient time to prepare.

Schools that have already registered for the Kirby Cup Competition do not need to do anything. We will simply record your registration for the modified competition.

If you have not yet registered a team, please do so by clicking on the link above.

For further information please email Rita Mifsud, Professional/Project Officer engagement.law@westernsydney.edu.au