High School Mooting

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2018 Finalists: Queenwood School for Girls and Redlands

What is the WSU High School Mooting Competition?

Mooting - arguing a hypothetical legal case - was initially developed as a means of training young barristers about legal process, advocacy and persuasion. Today, mooting is an important part of
the curriculum within the School of Law at Western Sydney University, providing students with the opportunity to develop skills in appellate (as compared to trial) advocacy in real courtroom settings.

The School of Law is inviting high school students in New South Wales to participate in the Kirby Cup Western Sydney University High School Mooting Competition in 2019.

The registered high school mooting teams will be organised to compete against one another in a knockout competition to be held at the University’s Parramatta campus in October 2019.

The grand final will be held in an official courtroom, usually at the Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts Building in Parramatta. The judges of the final will include current and/or former New South Wales and Federal Judges.

Who may participate?

This prestigious mooting competition is specifically designed for year 10, 11 and 12 high school students who may have aspirations towards a career in the law. Given the demands of the competition, we anticipate that those students who take part will be highly motivated and conscientious students.The competition is open to all high school students interested in studying law, or a career in law, and is not limited to those students enrolled in the Preliminary or HSC Legal Studies units.

Schools may enter one or two teams of four (4) students per team. If a school registers two teams, one approach is to consider having one team comprised of year 10 students and another of year 11 students. Participation in the competition is free of charge.

Key Dates for 2019

Monday 28 October - Tuesday 29 OctoberKnock-out Rounds
Friday 8 NovemberFinal

Benefits to Students

The competition provides high school students with a unique opportunity to learn about the legal system and the role of lawyers, as well as engage in higher order legal skills, such as written advocacy and developing oral arguments. Teams work together to consider and write arguments for both the appellant and respondent in a hypothetical case, using contemporary practices and current legal principles.

Competitors then come together to argue their case in a court-like setting. Students will benefit by developing their skills in:

  • Analysing a legal case
  • Structuring a legal argument
  • Preparing a written submission
  • Engagin in appellate advocacy
  • Speaking in public
  • Working as a team
  • Meeting deadlines

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