Skills Competitions

Skills Competitions allow law students to engage in practical applications of their academic studies through real-life problem scenarios. Participating in competitions adds invaluable experience to your CV, and provides networking opportunities with other students, faculty members and external advocates. For queries about Skills Competitions, please contact Jemma Newton at vpsk@utslss.com.

• The Opens Competition runs in the Autumn Session and is an opportunity for any students, regardless of experience to get involved.

• The Juniors Competition runs in the Spring Session and is an opportunity for first or second year students who have never competed before to get involved. We recommend getting involved in the Junior Competitions as judges will provide more extensive feedback due to the nature of the competition.

• Students can also get involved as a volunteer client in Client Interview or a volunteer witness in Witness Examination. Here you will pick up valuable skills from experienced competitors along the way! Volunteering can also work towards other initiatives, including the Brennan Program and the UTS SOUL Awards.

Client Interview

Building positive working relationships with clients is an essential legal skill. Competitors conduct a 30-minute interview with a hypothetical client that addresses a unique legal issue. They are required to extract all relevant facts through carefully posed questions, raise ethical dilemmas, and provide preliminary legal and non-legal advice.

Negotiation

Negotiation provides students with an opportunity to master important alternative dispute resolution skills. Teams are provided with hypothetical common and secret facts which they must utilise to come to a mutually beneficial outcome which balances their client’s objectives with the other parties interests.

Witness Examination

Witness examination is an individual competition where students develop their advocacy skills by examining and cross-examining witnesses. Competitors work to construct a convincing case while simultaneously discrediting their opposing counsel’s case.

Intervaristy Skills Competitions

The UTS LSS hosts and participates in numerous intervarsity skills competitions. These competitions provide opportunities for experienced competitors to represent the LSS at a local, state or national level in any of the above competitions.

Written Skills

Students also have an opportunity to compete in various written skills competitions, including Advice Writing, Paper Presentation and Affidavit Drafting. These practical competitions provide students with invaluable legal skills heavily relied on in practice. Participation in these competitions is always favourably perceived by employers.