The TC Beirne School of Law working in partnership with The University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS) is committed to providing you with the highest standard of legal education to equip you with the skills to successfully practice your 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.

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 you 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.

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

Students who have mooted in the past have found the experience to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their legal studies. Hear from past students about their mooting experience




Join the UQ Moot Program

The UQ moot program is open to all undergraduate law students. 

Click here to see a list of domestic external competitions open to students and watch for opening dates in the In re TCB newsletter. Please contact the Director of Mooting with any questions.

Contact the Director of Mooting Programs

Join your peers and take up the challenge of internal competitions by contacting The University of Queensland Law Society.

Email the UQLS competitions team or visit the Senior Moot Convenor between 12pm and 2pm, Wednesdays during semester in W209 Forgan Smith.

Email the UQLS competitions team