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 semester.
Open Witness Examination is run over four/five weeks in the Autumn semester.
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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.
Junior Negotiation is run over four/five weeks in the Spring semester.
Open Negotiation is run over four/five weeks in the Autumn semester.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.