Competitions

The USQ Law Society ran 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.

The following sections will continue to be updated through out 2022 as more details become available.

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 an entry fee.

Our Championship Moot is proudly sponsored by Queens Arms Chambers.

The USQ Law Society congratulates the winners of the 2022 Championship Moot Tournament Tracey Ellis and Deacon Johnston. Sharna Cook and Fahim Gul placed as the Runners Up with Sharna being awarded Best Advocate in 2022.

2022 Championship Moot Tournament Winners Deacon Johnston and Tracey Ellis, pictured with Professor Reid Mortensen.

2022 Championship Moot Competition

Round One – Saturday 23 April 2022 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Round One – Saturday 23 April 2022 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Round Two – Saturday 30 April 2022 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Round Two – Saturday 30 April 2022 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Quarter Finals – Saturday 14 May 2022 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Quarter Finals – Saturday 14 May 2022 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Semi Finals – Saturday 21 May 2022 – Toowoomba 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Semi Finals – Saturday 21 May 2022 – Ipswich 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Grand Final – Tuesday 31 May 2022 – 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 12 courses (LAW) and have not previously competed in the USQLS Championship Moot. It is composed of individual competitors battling it out over both on-campus and online moots. The competition will be held over a single weekend with the preliminary rounds on the Saturday and the finals on the Sunday.

Each competitor will compete twice – representing both sides. The highest scoring competitors are decided on the overall cumulative results from both moots and will move onto the finals.

The winner of the Grand-Final will receive a prize money of $400.00 with the runner-up receiving $200 and the winner of the overall best advocate receives the Jack Elvers Best Advocate prize of $100.00. The USQ Law Society thanks  Wonderley and Hall  for sponsoring the Junior Moot Competition.

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 an entry fee.

If you haven’t mooted before and would like to learn more you can watch Jaidyn Paroz’s Moot Workshop presentation here. Powerpoint slides for the presentation are available to download here. The USQ Law Society is indebted to Jaidyn’s commitment to our competitions portfolio over the two years that he has served as an executive member.

Registration for the Junior Moot Competition can be found here and will be open until August 14 2022

The 2022 Junior Moot Question can be accessed here.

Junior Moot 2022 Cases

Osland v Secretary to the Department of Justice [2008] HCA 37

R v Owen [2015] QCA 46

State of Queensland v Deadman Thompson v State of Queensland [2016] QCA 218

2022 Junior Moot Competition

Round One –  24th of September 2022
Round Two – 24th of September 2022

Semi Finals – 25th of September 2022

Grand Final – 25th of September 2022

Client Interviewing Competition

The USQLS will host its inaugural client interviewing competition in 2022. 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 entry fee.

2022 Client Interviewing Competition

Round One and Two – TBA

Semi Finals – TBA

Grand Final – TBA

Witness Examination Competition

The USQLS will host its inaugural Witness Examination competition in 2022. 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.

2022 Witness Examination Competition

Round One – TBA

Round Two – TBA

Semi Finals – TBA

Grand Final – TBA

ALSA Competitions 2022

In 2021 the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) ran 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 in 2022 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