Mooting is a simulated court proceeding where student teams are presented with a legal problem which they are required to argue before a ‘judge’ or panel of ‘judges’.
Through their preparation and presentation of each case, students must show an understanding of the relevant law and how it should be applied in their client’s case. (How it should be applied is the key phrase here because, as most new law students quickly discover, there are usually two sides to any legal argument!)
Whilst most people think of moots as an oral competition, they almost always involve a written component where competitors are required to prepare and submit a ‘memorial’ outlining their case prior to arguing it verbally in the moot court. The research and writing involved in preparing the written memorials are a crucial element of success in mooting competitions.
We were really excited to welcome Trinity alum Emma Senior (Class of 2016) back to Trinity on Monday evening to run a 2.5 hour workshop for our 2022 Mooting team.
Emma was College Vice Captain in 2016, and has since graduated from Bond University with a degree in law.
Emma’s has competed very successfully in national and international mooting competitions – her highlight of these was competing at The Hague (home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, headquartered in the Peace Palace, and the International Criminal Court.)
She ran an exceptional workshop to help coach our team of Year 12 students, Saraya Collier-East, Tigerlily Bradbury and Josef Tomkins and will be returning next Monday to ensure Trinity puts our best foot forward next week, at the Bond National Mooting Competition.
Students are really enjoying preparing for this hands on, real life legal debating experience and are looking forward to next week when they will compete with schools from around Australia.
A huge thank you to Emma for giving us the benefit of her experience, tips and advice. Best wishes to our 2022 Trinity Mooting Team for the Bond National Mooting Competition!