DLS Moot Programs

Build a skillset to impress in the courtroom.

Mooting is the closest experience of working in a courtroom you can have at law school. You will develop skills in advocacy, problem solving, legal research, persuasion, collaboration and presentation, whilst deep-diving into a particular area of law. You will also build a valuable network of practitioners and other students.

To support you, Deakin Law School runs a mooting program that provides coaching, mentoring and financial support to help you maximise this opportunity. Registration fees will be covered and should the competition be held face to face, Deakin Law School will also contribute some funds towards flights and accommodation.

Unit enrolment

Students who are selected to take part in moots will be enrolled by the WIL team in either of the following 1 credit point units:

  • Undergraduate: MLL460 Mooting and Advocacy
  • Postgraduate: MLJ760 Mooting and Advocacy

Please visit the Handbook for further information on prerequisites and recommended units for each moot.

Moots and how to take part

Applications for all 2022 moots are now closed - express your interest here for 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact our Mooting Director, Dr David Tan (david.tan@deakin.edu.au).

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot)

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) is an international moot court competition held annually in Vienna, Austria before Easter. A sister moot, the Willem C. Vis (East) Moot, is held in Hong Kong just before the rounds in Vienna every year. It is one of the most prestigious moots to compete in, and one at which Deakin has a rich history.

From the outset, students take on the role of legal counsel and argue hypothetical cases before an academic, another student, or a practitioner acting as a judge. Students are expected to undertake legal research and drafting to prepare memoranda and to support their oral arguments.

Team selection occurs in the August/September of the previous year, as the team of 4-6 commence preparing shortly after the Trimester 2 exams. The team generally continue preparing full-time at our Burwood or Deakin Downtown campus until Easter.

Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Proudly hosted by Deakin Law School, this competition is building a reputation as a high-quality moot attracting competitors from around the globe. Based on International Commercial Arbitration, it's an excellent way to test your mettle if you're considering the Vis Moot. Not only will you build skills and network, but you will receive feedback from a host of legal professionals and academics. Key sponsors are Allens Linklaters and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia.

In 2022, the competition will be virtual. Initial rounds take place on 1 September and 2 September 2022. Knockout rounds and Grand Final will take place on 7 September and 8 September 2022.

Deakin will select two teams with up to three members in each. It is open to both LLB and JD students. It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that applicants have completed MLL336 International Commercial Law (or the JD equivalent).

Further information can be found on the ICA Moot website.

Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot Competition

Compete with law students from around Australia in one of Australia's most prestigious moots. Based on constitutional law, the competition is run by Melbourne University in collaboration with the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) and the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS). Four round-robin moots plus knockout rounds are held at Melbourne University, while the Grand Final will be hosted at the High Court in Melbourne.

Dates for 2022 are yet to be confirmed but is likely to take place in mid-September.

Deakin will select one team with up to three members in each.   It is open to both LLB and JD students with the recommendation, but not a prerequisite, that they have completed MLL323 Constitutional Law (or the JD equivalent).

Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL) Warren Moot

A unique moot offered to women students (including those identifying as female) to encourage increased participation of women at the bar. The competition takes place from August to November and participants receive coaching and mentoring from senior members of the legal profession, including Judges of the County Court and Federal Circuit Court, and Justices of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Court of Appeal. It is focused on civil and criminal law. The moot is run by the Victorian Womens' Lawyers Association and participants receive coaching and instruction from practicing barristers, including the Hon Marilyn Warren.

Deakin will submit one team of four members. Further information can be found via the VWL website.

UNSW Private Law Moot

The UNSW Private Law Moot is a prestigious competition that is focused on private law and commercial topics. In 2021 the competition was held in May over three days with preliminary rounds on day one and day two. Quarter-finals, semi-finals and the grand final take place on day three.

Deakin will select one team of up to three members.  It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that applicants have completed MLL215 Commercial Law, MLL219 Contract A & B, MLL331 Corporate Law, MLL391 Civil Procedure & Dispute Resolution, MLL405 Equity and Trusts (or the JD equivalent).

Further information can be found on the UNSW Private Law Moot website.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Administrative Law Moot

This moot provides an excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge about administrative law.

Initial rounds are held in each State. Teams who participate in the grand final will provide a travel and accommodation allowance by the Tribunal. Deakin Law School will provide coaching assistance and cover registration fees. It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that applicants have completed MLL424 – Administrative Law (or the JD equivalent). Deakin will select one team of three students.

Further Information can be found on the AAT website.

Castan Centre Human Rights Moot

Students are challenged to develop their knowledge of human rights and compete before experienced jurists at the Castan Human Rights Moot. It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that applicants have completed MLL211 - Human Rights Law (or the JD equivalent).

Deakin will select one team of up to three members . The moot usually takes place at Monash University in mid-late September.

Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot

Australia's only Contract Law Moot takes place over four days each year at Victoria University in Melbourne.

It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that students have completed MLL119 Contract A and MLL219 Contract B (or the JD equivalent).

Dates for 2022 are yet to be set, but we would anticipate it being run at the end of September. Deakin will select one team of up to three students to compete in this moot.

Baker McKenzie National Women’s Moot

This is the first mooting competition established for women to foster greater accessibility for women to a career at the bar. Open to all female law students, this is an excellent opportunity to develop advocacy skills and network with eminent legal practitioners.

The competition is run by the Student University Law Society in conjunction with the NSW Young Lawyers Special Committee of Law Students’ Societies and is sponsored by Baker McKenzie.

The moot usually takes place at the end of September. Deakin Law School will select one team of up to three students to compete.

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