There are the four Open Competitions in Trimester 1, and the Novice Moot in Trimester 3. The Open Competitions are open to all UniSA Law Students, while the Novice Moot Competition is aimed at first year students.
Winners of the Open Competitions go on to represent USALSA and UniSA at the Australian Law Student Association (ALSA) Conference held in the first week of July annually. The Conference is the biggest event on the calendar for law students from across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Participating in the competitions run by USALSA is a great way to boost confidence in public speaking and advocacy skills and these competitions offer an unparalleled experience.
Each year USALSA holds a mooting competition aimed at first year law students in trimester 3. The purpose and aim of this competition is to enable first year law students to ‘dip their toes in the water’ of mooting. Through competing, students will develop specific skills required in mooting. These skills can be applied throughout subjects in the UniSA law degree and in their professional careers.
Some of the skills include being able to logically structure an argument; to understand the strengths and weaknesses of one’s own arguments; public speaking and advocacy skills. These are important skills to master and this competition allows students to learn and develop them in a fun and friendly environment. Trainings are provided before the competition rounds by experienced later year students, members of faculty or a practising lawyer.
In 2017 the First Year Moot was renamed to Novice Moot. We thank our generous sponsors each year.
2018 Lipman Karas Novice Moot
2017 Minter Ellison Novice Moot
2016 Lipman Karas First Year Moot
2015 USALSA First Year Moot
Catherine Mwikya & Murtaza Dostdar
These competitions are held in the first trimester. In 2015, for the first time, there were four competitions. These are the Open Moot, Negotiation, Witness-Examination and Client Interview competitions. The winners of each of these competitions will go on to represent UniSA at the Australian Law Students Association Conference. This conference is held each year in a different city at the beginning of July.
The Open Moot Competition is a mock appeal case to a superior court. Teams act for either the appellant or respondent and prepare submissions to appeal the case. A judge determines the outcome based on the teams legal argument and presentation of their submissions. This competition focuses on oral advocacy skills as well as written advocacy skills.
Students act in teams of two as solicitors who interview a client to discover the factual and legal scenario to be able to assist the client. Competitors cover all formalities of an interview, ascertain the details of the problem and provide brief initial advice. This competition focuses on practising client interviewing skills.
Witness Examination involves a simulated civil or criminal trial involving students acting as prosecution or defence counsel. The trial includes opening statements, examination of witnesses, cross examination and closing addresses. This competition focuses on oral advocacy skills of examining a witness.
Students act as solicitors in teams of two to meet with another team and dicuss a dispute on behalf of their clients. Each team has a set of common facts and confidential facts for their client. The confidential facts detail what the client is seeking and what the client wants to avoid. This competition helps to increase student negotiation skills.
Winner: Emma Martin
Runner Up: Liam Waddill