High School Mooting

What is the High School Mooting Competition?

Mooting is a hypothetical appeal 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 with an opportunity to develop skills in advocacy in real courtroom settings.

The School of Law at Western Sydney University invite high school students from across New South Wales to participate in the Kirby Cup, the Western Sydney University High School Mooting Competition.

School mooting teams compete against each other in a knockout competition, which is held in university teaching spaces and at the University's moot court.

The finals are held in a real courtroom in Parramatta, before real judges, practit to knees and legal academics. The 2017 final was presided over by the competition's patron, the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG.   Participation is free of charge.

Benefits to Students

Students benefit in the following ways. They

  • Practise analysing a legal case based on a real world scenario
  • Practise analysing statutory and common law
  • Practise structuring a legal argument
  • Practise speaking in public, in the form of a legal advocate
  • Prepare a written submission
  • Work as a team
  • Receive constructive criticism from legal experts

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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