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OPEN COMPETITIONS

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.

Available Competitions

Lipman Karas Open Moot

The Open Moot competition is a mock appeal to a superior court. The two parties will make submissions for either side to the appeal, and a judge will determine the outcome based on legal argument, and manner of presenting the submissions. This competition allows students to work on their advocacy skills.

Client Interview

Teams of two have a set amount of time to ascertain the information necessary to allow them to represent their client. Competitors must cover all the formalities of an interview, take note of the personal details of the client and the intricacies of the problem and suggest possible courses of action. This competition allows students to practice their client interview skills.

Witness Examination

The Witness Examination competition is held within a simulated civil or criminal trial and is comprised of one barrister and one non-competitive witness for each side. The trial includes opening statements, the examination of witnesses and closing addresses. This competition fosters the skills required in a trial, including examination-in-chief and cross-examination of witnesses.

Negotiation

Two teams, each made up of two solicitors, meet to discuss a dispute between their clients. Each team is provided with a set of facts. They are then given instructions from their client detailing exactly what outcome they are seeking – and what should be avoided at all costs. This competition focuses on student’s negotiation skills.

Past  Winners

OPEN MOOT

CLIENT INTERVIEW

WITNESS EXAMINATION

NEGOTIATION

2017:

Leo Coldbeck-Shackley

Callum Jubb

2017:

Nicholas Karalis

Jessica Punch

2017:

Georgie Grosset

2017:

Jessica Punch

Callum Jubb

2016: 

Catherine Mwikya

Hugh Bampton

2016:

Georgie Grosset

Sonia Griesbach

2016: 

Laura Crase

2016:

Laura Curran

Hugh Bampton

2015:

Hugh Bampton

James Black

2015:

Charmaine Leptija

Franciska Sita

2015:

Laura Crase

2015:

Eugene Lagana

Peta Spyrou