This week heralded the beginning of the general rounds of La Trobe Law School’s Secondary School Mooting Competition. The competition sees fourteen teams of Year 11 Legal Studies students represent their school to battle it out for a place in the finals.
A criminal law problem with regards to causation will be the topic of debate in this year’s moot. Since its release in February, students have been busily researching and preparing legal arguments for the Defence and the Prosecution. Teachers and students have also attended preparatory workshops on campus to develop their understanding of the relevant legal issues, the art of mooting and the best way to conduct legal research.
The generals rounds have been held in La Trobe Law School’s new state-of-the-art Moot Court and have been judged by our own law students who have experience in mooting. It has been wonderful to see high school students performing at a very high standard.
The four highest ranked teams will progress to the finals and have the opportunity to moot at the Federal Court of Australia on Thursday 2 June 2016. The semi-finals will take place from 5.30pm. The grand final will be judged by barrister and Victorian Australian of the year Julian McMahon, Head of the Law School Professor Patrick Keyzer and barrister Karen Argiropoulos from 7.15 pm.
High School Mooting Competition Final
Date: Thursday 2 June 2016
Venue: Federal Court of Australia, 305 William Street , Melbourne