Mooting

Mooting is a fun, challenging and social law school experience in which two teams argue a hypothetical fact scenario before a court. Mooting competitions at UNSW provide an exciting opportunity for students to develop their advocacy, legal writing and legal research skills. These competitions are also an excellent opportunity for students to meet other members of their cohort.

By mooting, competitors are able to practice skills relevant to both their degrees and their future legal careers , including legal research, writing submissions and making oral submissions to a bench of highly experienced and knowledgeable judges. Competitors may also cover areas of law that they have not yet encountered in their formal studies, better equipping them for the subjects they will come across in future years. Mooting is also favorably regarded by potential employers and can provide a gateway to external representation at competitions across Australia and the world.

UNSW Law Society offers 4 internal mooting competitions. Three of these are based on competitor skill and degree level, and the fourth is a non-competitive competition that all students are encouraged to participate in. For competition documents (including rules and the handbook), please click here.


Registration Link for All Competitions:


Ashurst Beginners Mooting Competition

Offered to all students in their first year of law, including first year transfer students and JD students. Registrations are still open for those wishing to compete in Weeks 5 and 6.

To be eligible to judge this competition, you must have competed in at least two rounds of any internal or external mooting competition and have completed Torts (LAWS1061/JURD7161).

Important dates:

o   Introductory Workshop and Complementary Demonstration Moot: Monday, 4 March at 1:00pm-2:00pm and 6:00pm-7:00pm in LAW101.

o   Round 1: Term 1, Weeks 4-6 (Monday, 11 March to Friday, 29 March).

o   Round 1 Review Workshop: Term 1, Week 7 (exact date and location TBC).

o   Round 2: Term 2, Weeks 3-5 (Monday, 10 June to Friday, 28 June).

o Mooting Masterclass: Trimester 2, Week 7 (exact date and location TBC).

o   Quarter Finals: Term 2, Weeks 8-9 (Monday, 22 July to Friday, 2 August).

o   Semi Finals: Term 3, Week 2 (Monday, 23 September to Friday, 27 September).

o   Grand Finals: Term 3, Week 5 (exact date TBC).

For more information, feel free to contact Stephanie Dimovski and Kirby Pearson at beginner.mooting@unswlawsoc.org.

Ashurst Intermediate Mooting Competition

Offered to all students in their second year of law, including transfer students and JD students. Registrations are still open.

To be eligible to judge this competition, you must have competed in at least two rounds of any internal or external mooting competition and have completed Crime and the Criminal Process (LAWS1021/JURD7121), Criminal Laws (LAWS1022/JURD7122) and Principles of Private Law (LAWS1150/JURD7150).

Important dates:

o   Introductory Workshop and Complementary Demonstration Moot: Monday, 4 March at 1:00pm-2:00pm and 6:00pm-7:00pm in LAW101.

o   Round 1: Term 1, Weeks 6-7 (Monday, 25 March to Friday, 5 April).

o   Round 2: Term 2, Weeks 3-4 (Monday, 17 June to Friday, 28 June).

o Mooting Masterclass: Term 2, Week 7 (exact date and location TBC).

o   Quarter Finals: Term 2, Weeks 8-9 (Monday, 22 July to Friday, 2 August).

o   Semi Finals: Term 3, Week 2 (Monday, 23 September to Friday, 27 September).

o   Grand Finals: Term 3, Week 5 (exact date TBC).

For more information, feel free to contact Caitlin Goutama and Ganesh Chandrasekaran at intermediate.mooting@unswlawsoc.org.

Allens Linklaters Senior Mooting Competition

Offered to all students in their third year and above, including transfer students and JD students.

Important dates:

o   Introductory Workshop and Complementary Demonstration Moot: Monday, 4 March at 1:00pm-2:00pm and 6:00pm-7:00pm in LAW101.

o   Round 1: Term 1, Weeks 6-7 (Monday, 25 March to Friday, 5 April).

o   Round 2: Term 2, Weeks 3-4 (Monday, 17 June to Friday, 28 June).

o Mooting Masterclass: Term 2, Week 7 (exact date and location TBC).

o   Semi Finals: Term 3, Week 3 (Monday, 30 September to Friday, 4 October).

o   Grand Finals: Term 3, Week 6 (exact date TBC).

For more information, feel free to contact Jessie Xiao and Brian Wu at senior.mooting@unswlawsoc.org.

Open Moot Competition

Offered to students at all stages of their degrees, including transfer students and JD students.

Important dates:

o   Introductory Workshop and Complementary Demonstration Moot: Term 2, Week 6 (exact date and location TBC).

o   Round 1: Term 2, Weeks 8-10 (Monday, 22 July to Friday, 9 August).

o   Round 2: Term 3, Weeks 3-5 (Monday, 30 September to Friday, 18 October).

For more information, feel free to contact Leigh Gordon at mooting@unswlawsoc.org.