The mooting experience

The TC Beirne School of Law working in partnership with The University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS) is committed to providing students with the highest standard of legal education to equip them with the skills to successfully practice their profession in a dynamic and demanding environment.

Our moot teams, coached by academic staff and alumni of the mooting program, achieve tremendous success in local, national and international mooting competitions.

With more law students participating in competitions than ever before, we supported participation in 17 moots and four legal skills competitions during 2016.

What is mooting?

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal (and sometimes factual) issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge, tribunal member or arbitrator. It resembles the experience that a student can expect to have in a court, tribunal or in arbitral proceedings, after qualifying as a lawyer.

Mooting can enhance your employment opportunities as a legal professional, help to build confidence in public speaking and assist in developing research, and presentation skills. In other words, mooting experience can benefit every student whether or not they plan to pursue a traditional legal career after graduation. Students who have mooted in the recent past have found the experience to be one of the most challenging and rewarding elements of their legal studies at The University of Queensland.

The mooting process

Once selected, moot teams meet with their coaches and begin preparation of written memorials or submissions. For the external moots there may be a period of several months during which scenarios are researched and written submissions prepared – teams benefit from library privileges, including extended borrowing rights, after-hours access and a dedicated study room.

After submissions or memorials have been lodged an intensive practice mooting period begins with teams appearing before benches composed of academics, practitioners, alumni, senior mooters and retired judges.

After practice moots team coaches generally conduct intensive de-briefing sessions to analyse the team’s mooting performance and style and assess the arguments presented. Finally, the teams travel to local, national and international venues for their competitions and to compete against other universities.

Hear from our mooters

In 2017, the School’s Jessup mooting team – Josephine Allan, Keilin Anderson, Kate Cincotta, Sophie Ryan, and Benjamin Teng – travelled to Washington D.C. for the international rounds of the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the largest and most prestigious moot in the world.

The team was the overall champion in the written component of the competition, beating 127 other teams from over 80 countries to win the Alona E. Evans Award for Best Memorials.

Hear from students how they found the moot team experience and find out more about the Jessup 2017 Washington trip.

Jessup Moot team in front of The Whitehouse
Jessup moot champions 2017