High School Mooting

What is the High School Mooting Competition?

Mooting is a hypothetical case argued among law 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.  The Western Sydney University, with the support of the NSW Department of Education and Communities, invited select public high school students in New South Wales to participate in the inaugural Kirby Cup, the Western Sydney University High School Mooting Competition in  2016.

The school mooting teams were invited to compete against one another in a knockout competition to be held at the University's mooting courts located on the Parramatta and Campbelltown campuses. 

The finals were held in a real courtroom in Parramatta - the Honourable Judge, Michael Kirby AC CMG was invited to preside.  Parents and family were invited to attend the finals to support their children in this prestigious event.  Participation was free of charge.

Benefits to Students

Students benefit in the following ways:

  • Practice in speaking in front of others
  • Practice in structuring a legal argument
  • Practice in analysing a legal case
  • Preparing a written submission
  • Working as a team

Who can participate?

Teams of 4 students from a school can participate in the competition.  

The mooting competition is designed for year 11 legal studies students.  However, year 10 and year 12 students may participate as can students interested in a career in law that may not be currently studying legal studies.

For further information please email the Director of Engagement at m.brogan@westernsydney.edu.au

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