The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Competitive Mooting will enable students who are eligible and willing to participate in national and international legal skills competitions, to have their skills assessed and acknowledged. This course promotes and develops students' advocacy, mooting and associated communication skills through preparation in a recognised mooting competition. Students are eligible for the subject by application and section only, as student places in this course are limited. However, selection for participation in this course does not automatically qualify a student for participation as a member of a team in external competition. Available competitions will be determined at the discretion of the course coordinator in conjunction with the Dean and Head of School.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced and specialised oral and written communication skills in preparing written and oral submissions for one or more mooting competitions

2. Demonstrate advanced and specialised skills in substantive and procedural legal research in preparing the moot written submissions

3. Demonstrate advanced and effective skills in advocacy and mooting including the capacity to apply lateral thinking to solve complex legal problems

4. Demonstrate and advanced capacity to work in collaboration with others as well as independently in managing of a large legal research and writing project

5. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to reflect critically on their own learning experiences and demonstrate a recognition that law is a dynamic discipline requiring a lifelong learning approach to skill development and expertise


The topics in this course include:

  1. Preparation for one of the selected mooting competitions.
  2. Supervised research and preparation of written and oral submissions.
  3. Presentation of submissions in practice sessions for the relevant skills competition(s).
  4. Workshop on drafting and clinical legal skills relevant to the particular competitions in which students are to complete.
  5. Coaching sessions as determind by coach for the particular competition team, inculding analysis of material form previous competitions.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Competition Preparation/ Written Submissions

Presentation: Participation in the oral rounds of the competition or the final practice moot

Written Assignment: Reflection

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term