Competitions

If reading the textbooks is proving too dry and you are wondering what a true career in the legal industry is like the Competitions Portfolio is here to help. The AULSS runs an array of competitions with the option to compete at the Australian Law Students’ Association Annual Conference.

Competitions are perfect opportunity to learn and practice new skills in a friendly environment. Each year guest lawyers and past competition winners are called back to judge the competitions, providing an immensely beneficial experience for both participants and spectators. For more information please contact competitions@aulss.org.

2020 Portfolio

From L-R: Nicolas Rich, Brooke Washusen, Rachel Neef (Director), Nadeesha Indigahawela, Kellie Elmes. Absent: Alexander Alex, Mason Bierlein.

COVID-19 Response
  • The 2020 Competition season has unfortunately been significantly affected by COVID-19. The Competitions Portfolio are currently exploring options to move competitions online.
  • The Portfolio will be in touch with all registered competitors with more information on how this will affect them
  • Updated competitions and their corresponding dates will be posted as soon as possible.

For more information on each of the competitions, please consult the Competitions Handbook 2018. Note: this handbook is currently being updated by the 2020 Competitions Portfolio and will be updated in due course.

The 2020 Competition season has unfortunately been significantly affected by COVID-19. Updated competitions and their corresponding dates will be posted as soon as possible.

Lipman Karas Witness Examination Competition

Recommended for second years and above (you can also volunteer in this competition by acting as a witness).

In Witness Examination competitors simulate a civil or criminal trial. Most rounds are conducted in teams of two (senior and junior counsel) and one non-competitive witness for each side. Competitors are given witness statements and information 90 minutes before the trial commences and must prepare a short case in that time. They deliver opening statements to the judge, question witnesses and then summarise their case while attempting to put forward the best case possible. The competition involves quick thinking, improvisation and the ability to go toe-to-toe with a usually uncooperative witness!

2019 Winner

Alexei Economou

2019 Runner-up

Girard (Jae) Lee

2018 Winner

James Williams

2018 Runner-up

Sean Nottle

2017 Winner

Megan Lawson

2017 Runner-up

Thomas Blokland

Sponsored by Lipman Karas.

Novice Moot

The Novice Moot is open to all students who have not reached the finals stage of any other moot. However, because the competition features a broader array of practice areas than the First Year Moot, we recommend the Novice Moot for second-year students and above.

If you are beyond your first year but not quite confident enough for the Open Moot, the Novice Moot is a great place to start! Mooting is one of the best ways to improving your legal reasoning and public speaking skills. In the Novice Moot, competitors argue appellate cases by preparing their written submissions over a week-long period and then arguing their case before a judge.

Teams are made up of two people (senior and junior counsel) but competitors are judged on their individual performance!

2019 Winner

Patrick O’Neill

2018 Winner

Maddison Briggs

2017 Winner

Samuel Beer

Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot

This Moot is coordinated primarily by Dr. Stacey Henderson as part of the ‘International Law Moot: Topic – International Humanitarian Law’ course.

There will be calls for applications to compete in this competition not for course credit. Students with an interest in International Law are encouraged to participate.

2019 Winners

Kellie Elmes
Sanah Butt

2019 Runners-up

Nicolas Rich
Rachel Chalmers

2018 Winners

India Short
Jack Eccleston

2018 Runners-up

Appurva Raaj
Nidhi Venkatesan

2017 Winners

Gerald Manning
Natasha Wilson-Beddoe

2017 Runners-up

Alison Jones
Samuel Leeson

Supported by Australian Red Cross.

First Year Moot

The First Year Moot is open to all students in their first year of a Bachelor of Laws.

Run in semester 2, this competition provides students with vital experience to develop their research, legal writing and advocacy skills. This competition uses a more limited range of problem questions suitable to the knowledge first year students. Students prepared their submissions over a week-long period before presenting their oral arguments in front of a judge. Both a senior and junior counsel present for each side (applicant and respondent); however, each competitor is scored individually.  

After competing in the First Year Moot competition, having gained valuable experience and feedback as to their legal research and presentation skills students commonly progress to the Open Moot competition in later years.

2019 Winner

Lily Slaughter

2018 Winner

Olivia Bradley

2017 Winner

Kian Rafie-Ardestani

Negotiations Competition

Recommended for students of all year levels.

In Negotiations, two teams of two solicitors meet to discuss a dispute between their clients. Each team is given a brief of secret facts about their client’s situation, including what the client wants and doesn’t want. It is the job of the solicitors to negotiate together in good faith to resolve the dispute in a way that makes both parties happy. For this reason, the winner is not necessarily the team that walks away with the best deal but the team who uses strategy and tactics to obtain the most favourable outcome.

2019 Winners

Hugo Chapman
Luke Curtale

2019 Runners-up

Chloe Welling
Christian Di Luilio

2018 Winners

Airlie Waterman
Danielle Gilby

2018 Runners-up

Diandra Ciacciarelli
Lidia Versace

2017 Winners

India Short
Timothy Porter

2017 Runners-up

Christian Andreotti
Lisa Saloukvadze

Client Interviewing Competition

Recommended for students in all year levels (you can also volunteer in this competition by acting as a client).

In Client interviewing, teams of two interview a client about their legal matters. Upon walking into the room competitors know next to nothing about what has happened to the client. They are expected to draw out all the details and discover secret facts as well as making the client comfortable and adhere to all the formalities of legal interviewing. These include taking note of the personal details of the client, briefing the client on lawyer-client privilege. Once they have uncovered all the relevant facts, competitors must suggest courses of action to solve the client’s problem.

2020 Winners

Andrew Morrison
William Wong

2020 Runners-up

Catherine Chhour
Shoba Nalonnil

2019 Winners

Leon Kasperski
Nadeesha Indigahawela

2019 Runners-up

Danielle Bosman
Samantha Perera

2018 Winners

Lesley Jayasuriya
Tina Tran

2018 Runners-up

Airlie Waterman
Danielle Gilby

2017 Winners

Gaida Merei
Thomas Blokland

2017 Runners-up

Alison Jones
Soraya Pradhan

*Gaida and Thomas went on to reach the National Semi-Finals at the ALSA Conference in Canberra.

External Competitions

The Competitions Portfolio often receives news from universities and coordinators of competitions external to the University of Adelaide about the ability for Adelaide Law Students to compete in their competitions!

Please check this tab regularly if you are interested in external competitions, there may be something of interest to you!

Herbert Smith Freehills Open Moot

Recommended for students in second-year and above.

In Open Moot students compete as counsel in an appellate matter in a superior court. Students prepare written submissions over a week and then make oral arguments before judges. The judges will question students on the law and fact surrounding their submissions.

Teams may be comprised of two or three students (note only two students can make oral submissions for their team each round) and they are judged as a team.

This competition is a fantastic stepping-stone to other moots such as the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition or the Administrate Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition.

2019 Winners

Alison Jones
Henry Materne-Smith
Sam Beer

2019 Runners-up

Appurva Raaj
Lesley Jarasuriya
Maddison Briggs

*Sam and Henry went on to win the National Championship at the ALSA Conference in Melbourne.

2018 Winners

Jacqui Raymond
Olivia Jay

2018 Runners-up

Nick Michalakas
Soraya Pradhan

2017 Winners

Azaara Perakath
Jake Kriticos
Mitchell Brunker

2017 Runners-up

Eleanor Nolan
Clare Nolan
Georgia Wiley

*Azaara, Mitchell and Jake went on to win the National Championship at the ALSA Conference in Canberra.

Sponsored by
Herbert Smith Freehills.

Kain Lawyers Mergers and Acquisitions Competition

Recommended for second years and above.

Mergers and Acquisitions is a fundamental part of corporate law and this competition is a fantastic way for students to learn the relevant law and skills.

This competition runs over a shorter season, only three weeks and involves first preparing written advice to your client before having a meeting with them in which you interview them and present your advice orally. Successful competitors from this first stage then move into a negotiations round in which teams must attempt to come to a successful resolution for the merger/acquisition.

2019 Winners

Finn Marshall
Steven Slimming

2019 Runners-up

Benjamin Stocks
Ridmi Dias

2018 Winners

Lisa Saloukvadze
Mitch Gilles

2018 Runners-up

Hugh Cranendonk
James Moriarty

Sponsored by Kain Lawyers
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