Competitions

ALSA Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Applications

The Australian Red Cross and the Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) are hosting the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Mooting Competition during the annual ALSA Conference. The year, the competitions component of the ALSA conference will be taking place online.

The IHL Moot’s purpose is to raise awareness of international humanitarian law issues within the Australian university community. The Moot assists students in understanding and appreciating the growing importance of international humanitarian law, its nature as a system of protection during times of armed conflict and its role as a fundamental part of international law.

The UTS LSS will be sending two UTS law students to represent UTS in this competition. To register and to find out more click more info below.

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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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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.

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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.

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. If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please contact the Witness Examination Director at witex@utslss.com.

Mooting

A moot is a competition in which two teams are provided with a factual scenario from which they must research and present legal arguments in favour of their client. Typically, teams involve two students, acting as junior or senior counsel, with an option to include one additional student as instructing solicitor.

The competition requires competitors to submit written submissions that concisely outline the arguments that they wish to raise, before presenting these arguments orally before either a single judge, or a bench of judges. For more information email the Mooting Director at mooting@utslss.com

Intervarsity Mooting

Intervarsity moots are held locally, nationally or internationally and are directed at our most experienced mooters. For more information, check out the intervarsity competitions below and in our calendar.

Subject Moots

Subject moots run over a single weekend. They are open to all financial members of the UTS LSS, however each year the Subject Mooting Director may restrict one or two moots to “junior” competitors only (first- and second-year students who have never participated in a moot).

Open Mooting

Open mooting runs over four/five weeks in the Autumn session. This competition is open to all financial members of the UTS LSS. Problem questions are more challenging than those in the junior competition.

Junior Mooting

These competitions run over four/five weeks in the Spring session. This competition is open to first- and second-year students who are financial members of the UTS LSS and have never participated in a moot before. Problem questions are set at first- and second-year standards.

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 inquiries, email the Client Interview Director at ci@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.

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 inquiries, email the Negotiation Director at negotiation@utslss.com.

Mediation

The UTS Mediation Competition provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice mediation skills in the capacity of legal representative and client.

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 inquiries, email the Negotiation Director at negotiation@utslss.com.

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 the Competitions Portfolio at comps@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. Students may present a paper they have previously used for an Assessment at University, whilst the top competitor in the competition wins the right to represent UTS at the ALSA Conference that is held in July of each year.

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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