Competitions

The USQ Law Society will run four internal competitions in 2021; the Championship Moot Tournament, the Junior Moot Competition, the Client Interviewing Competition and the Negotiations Competition. USQLS also send competitors to the Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) National competitions and the Queensland inter-varsity Law Competitions (QILC). Competitions are an important part of the Law School experience as they provide some of the incredibly valuable real world practice and experience needed on completion of your studies. There are four main types of Law School competitions: negotiation, witness examination, client interviewing and mooting.

For more information see our page explaining what mooting is and how it is done.

The Championship Moot Tournament

The USQLS Championship Moot is a prestigious event with a prize pool of over $2000. It is run in conjunction with LAW3466 Moot Court Bench but is open to any law student who has completed at least 8 law subjects. All competitors complete 2 rounds where they argue first one and then the other side of a problem. The top 8 teams go on to knock out quarter and then semi finals. Competitors who make the quarter finals are eligible to apply to represent the USQLS at the ALSA national mooting competition.

The Grand Final is held in the Toowoomba Supreme Court with a Supreme Court Justice presiding. The winners will receive $1000 in prize money along with the coveted title and trophy of Championship winners. The runners up receive $500 and the winner of the overall best advocate receives $500.

Entry in the Championship Moot is free to all Standard Members of the USQLS and students enrolled in LAW3466 -Moot Court Bench. Non-members who meet the entry requirements are required to pay a $10 entry fee.

Our Championship Moot is proudly sponsored by Queens Arms Chambers.

Register for the 2021 Championship Moot Competition here

The 2021 Championship Moot Question can be accessed here

2021 Championship Moot Competition

Round One – Saturday 24 April 2021 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Round One – Saturday 24 April 2021 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Round Two – Saturday 8 May 2021 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Round Two – Saturday 8 May 2021 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Quarter Finals – Saturday 22 May 2021 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Quarter Finals – Saturday 22 May 2021 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Semi Finals – Saturday 29 May 2021 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Semi Finals – Saturday 29 May 2021 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Grand Final – Tuesday 1 June 2021 – Toowoomba 6.00pm

Or see the Events page for competition dates

The Junior Moot Competition

The Junior Moot Competition is open to students who are enrolled in any law degree and have not yet completed 8 courses (LAW) and this year will be run online via Zoom. It is comprised of a maximum of eight (8) teams on each campus with each team consisting of two (2) counsel. The competition will be held over a single day.

Each team will compete twice – representing both sides. The two highest scoring teams are decided on the overall cumulative results from both moots and will compete against each other in a Grand Final.

The winners will receive a highly-coveted work experience opportunity with our competition sponsor, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law, and the winner of the overall best advocate receives the Jack Elvers Best Advocate prize of $100.00. Wonderley and Hall are also sponsoring the competition with a monetary prize in an amount yet to be announced.

Entry in the Junior Moot competition is free to all Standard Members of the USQLS. Non-members who meet the entry requirements are required to pay a $10 entry fee.

Register for the Junior Moot Competition here

2021 Junior Moot Competition

Round One – 28 August 2021 – details TBA
Round Two – 28 August 2021 – details TBA

Semi Finals – 29 August 2021 – details TBA

Grand Final – 29 August 2021 – details TBA

Client Interviewing Competition

The USQLS will host its inaugural client interviewing competition in 2021. Client interviewing is an opportunity for students to participate in a practical exercise that they will encounter in future practice. The competition requires competitors to extract information and facts from clients, manage client expectations, establish a rapport and provide legal advice which is both appropriate and ethical.

Entry in the Client Interviewing competition is free to all Standard Members of the USQLS. Non-members who meet the entry requirements are required to pay a $10 entry fee.

2021 Client Interviewing Competition

Round One and Two – 22 -25 March 2021 – 4.30pm – 8.00pm

Semi Finals – 28 March 2021 – 4.30pm – 8.00pm

Grand Final – 29 March 2021 – 4.30pm – 8.00pm

Negotiations Competition

The USQLS will host its inaugural negotiations competition in 2021. Negotiations involves resolving disputes between parties and is akin to Alternate Dispute Resolution; an avenue that avoids litigation and endeavours to create an agreement between parties.

Entry in the Negotiations competition is free to all Standard Members of the USQLS. Non-members who meet the entry requirements are required to pay a $10 entry fee.

Wonderley and Hall are sponsoring the competition with a monetary prize in an amount yet to be announced.

2021 Negotiations Competition

Round One and Two – 13 -14 August 2021 – details TBA

Semi Finals – 15 August 2021 – details TBA

Grand Final – 15 August 2021 – details TBA

Witness Examination Competition

The USQLS will host its inaugural Witness Examination competition in 2021. Witness examination involves the simulation of a trial, and forces competitors to think quickly on their feet as they go through the various stages of a trial. This competition involves the delivery of an opening statement, the examination and cross-examination of witnesses, interaction with a trial judge and the delivery of a closing statement. 

Entry in the Witness Examination competition is free to all Standard Members of the USQLS. Non-members who meet the entry requirements are required to pay a $10 entry fee.

2021 Witness Examination Competition

Round One – 16 October 2021

Round Two – 16 October 2021

Semi Finals – 17 October 2021

Grand Final – 17 October 2021

ALSA Competitions 2021

In 2021 the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) will be running the following competitions:

  • ALSA Championship Moot
  • ALSA Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot
  • ALSA Witness Examination Competition
  • ALSA Negotiation Competition
  • ALSA Client Interview Competition
  • ALSA Paper Presentation Competition
  • ALSA National Essay Competition

If you are interested in participating in one of these competitions please register your expression of interest here or email comps.usqls@gmail.com for further details.

Sample Questions from Previous Years

2018 Rogers v StarkContracts
2019 Morton v Club MusicEquity – injunction
2019 R v Smith (Junior Moot)Criminal
2020 Elvers v State of QueenslandCivil
2020 Nylers v Gespresso (Junior Moot)Contracts

Previous Winners

2018 USQLS Moot Finals Poster

2020 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament Results

2020 USQLS Junior Moot Competition