Sunshine Coast Schools Mooting Competition - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Sunshine Coast Schools Mooting Competition

The Sunshine Coast Schools Mooting Competition is a joint initiative between USC and Sunshine Coast Grammar School. The competition is the first of its kind for the region, inviting all Sunshine Coast secondary schools to register a mooting team to compete.

Students are eligible to participate if they are studying Year 11 or 12 Legal Studies at a Sunshine Coast high school. Students are required to have a basic understanding of the Australian Legal System.

What is Mooting?

A moot is a simulated court hearing which imitates procedures followed in real courts. It is an opportunity for students to consider a legal problem, prepare written submissions and then use their oral presentation skills to present arguments before a judge or judges.

Mooting allows competitors to engage with interesting and topical legal issues, enhance advocacy and writing skills and collaborate with peers.

How will the competition work?

A mooting team can be made up of 3-5 senior legal studies students.

All registered teams will compete in Round 1, with the winning teams going on to the next round and so on. There will be up to 5 rounds in total, held over 5 days between March and June, including the Grand Final for the two teams that win their respective rounds.

The quarter finals, semi finals and grand finals of the Mooting Competition will be held at the USC Moot Court.

All Rounds will take place from 4.30pm on their respective days (see information booklet for key dates).

Competition resources 

Mooting problem (Released: Tuesday 18 February 2020)

Mooting Competition Checklist
  1. Review the competition resources including the information booklet and rules
  2. Attend the information session on Thursday 13 February 2020
  3. Register your team by Friday 17 February 2020
  4. Download, sign and send the talent release forms to highschoolmooting@usc.edu.au  
  5. Participate in the Mooting Competition
More information

Moot Convenors:

Dr Ashley Pearson, Lecturer in Law, USC
Email: apearson@usc.edu.au
Tel: 07 5456 5522

Dale Mitchell, Lecturer in Law, USC
Email: dmitchell@usc.edu.au
Tel: 07 5456 5697

School Coordinator: 

Ben Princehorn, Coordinator of Community Services, 
Sunshine Coast Grammar School
Email: bprincehorn@scgs.qld.edu.au
Tel: 07 5445 4444

Registrations have now closed