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.
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:
Please visit the Handbook for further information on prerequisites and recommended units for each moot.
Moots and how to take part
The selection process for all moot, except for the Vis Moot and the UNSW Private Law Moot, will be held during weeks 9-10 of T1 2022. Expressions of interest for these moots will close at 5pm, Monday 2 May 2022.
Vis Moot: Details about this unit will be released later in the year. For more information, please contact Rebecca Tisdale firstname.lastname@example.org
UNSW Private Law Moot: Expressions of interest for this competition will close at 12pm, Friday 8 April 2022 (this moot will held from 21-24 May 2022). Try-outs will be held in the morning of Wednesday 13 April 2022, via Zoom.
To complete the EOI, please have ready your resume, academic results and a brief statement regarding your interest in mooting programs.
If you have any questions, please contact our Mooting Director, Dr David Tan (email@example.com).
Materials for the selection process
All coaches who run a moot try-out as part of the selection process will use the same question which you can find here - Moot Selection Scenario.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.