High School Mooting Competition
Bond University's Faculty of Law conducts an annual mooting competition involving student representatives from secondary schools around Australia. The competition has expanded from eight schools in its inaugural year of 1989 to current numbers of well over 120 schools. It is the only national competition of its type.
A moot is a legal argument conducted by opposing teams before one or more judges. The argument involves the application of legal rules to fact situations like those dealt with by the courts every day. The contest is decided by assessing the advocacy skills of the participants, rather than on the merits of the case.
The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. It is not only intended for those students who are interested in a career in law - although they will undoubtedly find the competition to be of particular interest - but for all students keen to expand their horizons.
- Entry is targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students, (however entries from Year 10 Students will be considered)
- Each school can only enter one team into the competition
- Each team consists of a maximum of three persons (two counsels and one instructing solicitor)
Each team will need to provide their own transportation to the regional round venue.
The University will provide appropriate travel and accommodation for up to three students and one teacher from the winning school in each regional round to come to the High School Mooting Competition Finals held at Bond University, Gold Coast. Parents and/or other supporters wishing to travel with the team are responsible for their own accommodation and transport.
Awards will be made at the Grand Final to the best team and also to the three students who are judged to be the best individual advocates in the participating teams. The best team and best advocates are offered 40% scholarships to undertake a Bachelor of Laws degree at Bond, subject to the student meeting the University’s entry requirements.
The Mooting Problem for the 2013 High School Mooting Competition has now been released. Let the preparations begin!
Please click on the links below to download the mooting problem and also the guidelines for the competition.
In addition, as part of your preparation, please make sure to review the Competition Rules and the High School Mooting Toolkit.
Should you have any questions throughout your preparation process, please email us at High School Mooting Competition.
Also, please save the following dates for your respecitve regional round of the competition.
Monday, 29 April
Monday, 29 April & Tuesday 30 April
Tuesday, 30 April
Wednesday, 1 May
Adelaide, Canberra and Townsville
Wednesday, 1 May & Thursday, 2 May
Thursday, 2 May
Northern Rivers & Rockhampton
Tuesday, 7 May
Wednesday, 8 May
Brisbane & Perth
The FINALs of the competition will be held on Friday, 26 July & Saturday, 27 July 2013 at Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD.