COMPETITIONS

Were you a debater in High School? Ever compete in Public speaking competitions or Mock Trial? Wondering what will be your next step?

The Law Students Society runs many competitions that are a natural extension of those that you may have participated in or heard about over the course of your secondary education. This year at Wollongong University, we are running six internal competitions; Senior Moot, Junior Moot, Women’s Moot, Negotiation, Client Interviewing and Witness Examination.

Each competition is designed to test particular skill sets required of those in the legal profession, and success in each is highly regarded by peers and law firms alike.

Students who compete will interact with judges from both within the UOW Law Faculty, Legal Profession and Senior Competitors.

Participation in any of these competitions is not dependent on your past experience with public speaking centered tournaments. Each tournament is distinctly catered to law students, and as such, what is required from each competitor is almost entirely different from that required of debaters and public speakers.

Why should I participate?

It is true that participating in competitions can be quite time consuming. Mooting in particular involves quite a significant commitment, with preparation for each moot equaling the amount of time spent on your average mid semester assignment. It can also be quite intimidating at first, speaking before your peers and a judge – but these drawbacks are far outweighed by the advantages of a career in university advocacy.

  • It cements your knowledge of the law and is great revision
  • Looks excellent on your CV (employers like to see students who get involved)
  • Develops skills required for a future in the legal profession
  • Mooting and making a presentation to a judge may be a required assessment later in your degree (LLB 140)
  • It develops your ability to communicate and argue about the finer points of law
  • Great way to meet and build relationships with your peers and make connections with older students and lecturers
  • Competition finalists are frequently sponsored to compete at the Australian Law Student’s Annual Conference and in inter-varsity competitions

Other Questions

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either:

Emily O’Loughlin – Vice President (Internal Competitions) competitions@uowlss.net or

Samantha Sharpe – Vice President (External Competitions) intervarsity@uowlss.net

Competitions at UOW

Mooting

There are extremely popular competitions in both junior and senior years. Teams of two or three will be given a problem question in which they will be required to argue one for of the parties in front of a judge.

There are three internal mooting competitions at UOW, the Junior Moot (1st and 2nd year students), the Senior Moot (3rd year+) and the Women’s Moot.

Criminal Advocacy Competition

This competition is the first of its kind in Australia, and will debut in 2019. This competition will focus on the skills required of legal graduates to prepare documents for, and present in court, in bail or sentencing matters. This competition will have a strong practical focus and help you get your head around crucial legislative provisions and principles.  

Client Interviewing

In Client Interviewing, a team of two lawyers interviews a potential client in order to understand their legal situation, and suggest some possible areas of future action by both the client and lawyer. The trick of client interviewing lies in the interviewer’s ability to obtain all relevant information from the client, identify possible ethical issues and communicate effectively with their partner.

Negotiation

In the Negotiation Competition, two teams consisting of two ‘lawyers’ each appear on behalf of hypothetical clients to consult with each other in an attempt to achieve a compromise and resolve issues between the two parties. Teams must both make concessions and hold their ground, depending on which areas of the proceedings are flexible and which are important to their client. Points will be awarded for each person’s ability to cooperate, communicate and attain as advantageous a position as possible for the person, group or corporation they are representing. 


Witness Examination (WitEx)

Can you handle the truth?  If so, we would put it to you that the WitEx competition is for you!

As a competitor in Witness Examination Competition, you will act as counsel in a mock court scenario, where you will examine and interrogate two witnesses in order to provide a clearer answer to a particular legal problem, by revealing the “facts”, and persuading the judge in favour of your version of events. One competitor acts as counsel for the Prosecution and the other acts as counsel for the Defendant.  You will examine two witnesses: one witness of the prosecution and one for the defence. The competition is recommended for those who have completed Evidence Law, however, this is not a pre-requisite.

External Competitions

Intervarsity Criminal Law Moot

Teams from across the country come to UOW to participate in the UOW Intervarsity Criminal Law Moot. Teams of two to three students moot a criminal law case on appeal and develop their criminal advocacy skills. UOW enters two competitively selected teams in this competition, and Grand Finalists are adjudicated by a three-judge panel, including UOW’s Judge in Residence, Terry Buddin SC.

The Team

Angus Mullins

Angus Mullins
intervarsity@uowlss.net

CCSG Legal and have built upon organisational skills necessary for my position. In my spare time I DJ and play cricket, helping me stay fit and be creative. My role as VP (External Competitions) is to organise UOWLSS and UOW School of Law organised competitions involving external university teams. I will work to ensure that this year’s Intervarsity Criminal Law Moot continues to grow and improve in size and quality. I hope you enjoy the opportunity to watch or participate in a prestigious competition against the best university teams in Australia

Theodore Totsis

”Theodore
”competitions@uowlss.net”

Liam Webb

Liam Webb
compsofficer1@uowlss.net
My name is Liam Webb and I am a Competitions Officer for 2020 in the UOWLSS. I am in my fourth year of my Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics and Finance degrees, and I have a strong interest in both commercial law and finance. I am passionate about mooting, and in 2019 I was part of UOW’s team that won the Allens UTS Intervarsity Legal Technology Moot.
I think that involvement in academic competitions at university is one of the best extracurricular activities for a law student’s development and I would encourage everyone to get involved!

Marie Russo

Marie Russo
compsofficer2@uowlss.net
My name is Marie and I am one of your Competitions Officers for 2020. I am currently completing my 3rd year of my double degree of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Italian). My role at the LSS is to assist the Vice Presidents of Competitions in their duties to organise and operate competitions; both internally and externally. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. I look forward to working with you and helping make 2020 another successful year for the LSS.

Jamie Coleman

Jamie Coleman
compsofficer3@uowlss.net
My name is Jamie Coleman and I am one of your Comps Officers in 2020. Ive been studying Law and International Studies since 2017, and in that time have competed in (almost) every competition the LSS has to offer! Im very excited to work with our Competitions team in 2020, and to encourage all of our up and coming mooters, witness examinators, and negotiators.
This year Im thrilled to have joined the team at Foye as a law clerk. This means that between studying, working and volunteering for the LSS, I have very little time thats not consumed by law. I like to fill these rare moments with cheerleading, yoga and volunteering for Relay for Life Nowra.

Bala Dayaram

Bala Dayaram
compsofficer4@uowlss.net

Joel McKay

Joel McKay
compsofficer5@uowlss.net
My name is Joel McKay and I am a third year Bachelor of Law/Commerce student and have been elected for the 2020 term as a Competitions Officer. As your competitions officer, I will be responsible in assisting the Vice President for Competitions and helping to ensure competitions are run smoothly. During my term, I will be focused on improving the law student experience at UOW through promoting the diverse selection of competitions, ensuring these competitions remain accessible and insisting that the workload is capable of being managed against commitments outside of Law School. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.