Not currently offered
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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in 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. Presentation of submissions in practice sessions for the relevant skills competition(s).
  3. Coaching sessions as determined by coach for the particular competition team, including analysis of material form previous competitions.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program, or in a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I, and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II

LAWS6002A Torts Part A, or LAWS6120 Torts I

LAWS6002B Torts Part B, or LAWS6121 Torts II

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II

Assessment items

Participation: Competition participation

Portfolio: Competition Preparation Portfolio

Role Play: Simulated Clinical Exercise and Reflection

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.