Competitions (Skills)

The Competitions (Skills) Portfolio is responsible for running the Junior and Open Witness Examination, Negotiation and Client Interview Competitions and Intervarsity Skills Competitions. This portfolio is also responsible for our Written Skills Competitions.

For queries regarding the Competitions (Skills) Portfolio, contact Lauren Krejci at vpsk@utslss.com.

Intervarsity Competitions

UTS LSS participates and hosts a number of intervarsity competitions. These competitions allow experienced competitors to compete at a local, national and international level.

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet is a bootcamp-esque weekend competition hand tailored for first year students. Students first attend a workshop that outlines how to effectively compete in the diverse competitions and then in teams of two, students can attempt each of the competitions. It is an invaluable opportunity to experience each competition and gain strong foundation skills before competing in the junior or opens competitions

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Advice Writing

Advice Writing involves the individual submission of written advice for a client’s legal problem. This is a highly practical competition, replicating a skill needed by all lawyers in practice, and all students in answering legal problem questions at law school.

For inquiries, email our Vice-President (Skill Competitions), Lauren Krejci at vpsk@utslss.com.


Paper Presentation

Paper Presentation is an individual competition that involves researching and writing a legal essay (between 3,000 – 5,000 words in length) and then presenting it to a panel of judges. The presentation component of the competition is fifteen minutes in length and is then followed by up to five minutes of questions from the judges. The top competitor in the competition wins the right to represent UTS at the ALSA Conference.

Witness Examination

Witness Examination involves competitors acting as counsel in court. The aim of the game is to construct a plausible and convincing case whilst simultaneously discrediting that of your opposing counsel.
Each competitor has their own witness, whom they must lead in chief, whilst they must also then cross-examine the opponent’s witness. Further, competitors may object to their opponent’s line of questioning where appropriate, and are also afforded the chance to present both opening and closing statements to the court in an effort to ultimately persuade them of their case.

If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please contact the Witness Examination Director, Nicole Badr at witex@utslss.com.
 
Junior Witness Examination is run over four/five weeks in the Spring session.

Open Witness Examination is run over four/five weeks in the Autumn session.

Client Interview

Client Interview involves a simulated conference in which teams of two interview a potential client for the first time. The objective is to clearly ascertain the legal problem, or problems, that their client faces and then work with them in order to achieve an appropriate outcome.

Prior to the simulation, competitors will only have a brief idea as to the nature of the issue, however, they will not be required to have any knowledge of the substantive law relevant to these issues. Instead, Client Interview urges competitors to draw upon their interpersonal and professional skills in order to put their prospective client at ease. For enquiries, email the Client Interview Director, Noor Gill at ci@utslss.com.
 

Negotiation

Negotiation revolves around a hypothetical legal dispute or transaction. Each team of two is given a statement of common facts, as well as secret information pertinent to their own client’s situation a week before the round. This week is then used by each to team to prepare a negotiation strategy that will aid them in reaching an outcome that best serves their client’s interests.

However, competitors are also required to consider the needs and interests of the other side in order to ensure that the agreement that they reach is mutually beneficial in nature. For enquiries, email the Negotiation Director, Sadaf Azimi at negotiation@utslss.com.

Junior Negotiation is run over four/five weeks in  Spring.

Open Negotiation
is run over four/five weeks in Autumn.

The Clayton Utz Intervarsity Negotiation Competition is an annual intervarsity tournament hosted by UTS and attended by universities across NSW. Upon application, two teams are selected to represent UTS in April-May. For more information check out intervarsity comp details below.

Mediation

Mediation is a structured problem-solving process designed to encourage parties to identify issues in dispute, consider options, and work towards an agreement that will meet the needs of all parties. The skills required for mediation are relevant to all aspects of lawyering and especially negotiation and dispute resolution. These skills include active listening, self-awareness, questioning, analysing, empathising, speaking clearly and logically, and creative thinking.

For enquiries, email the Negotiation Director, Sadaf Azimi at negotiation@utslss.com.

Competitions Honour Roll

This roll lists the past student champions of internal competitions and representative competitors for intervarsity competitions.

For the Honour Roll list from previous years click below.

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