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.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 2 - 2020
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:
- Preparation for one of the selected mooting competitions.
- Supervised research and preparation of written and oral submissions.
- Presentation of submissions in practice sessions for the relevant skills competition(s).
- Workshop on drafting and clinical legal skills relevant to the particular competitions in which students are to complete.
- 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.
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
Written Assignment: Competition Preparation/ Written Submissions
Presentation: Participation in the oral rounds of the competition or the final practice moot
Written Assignment: Reflection
Newcastle City Precinct
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term