LAW 2518 - Moot Court
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code LAW 2518 Course Moot Court Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Law (LLB) Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites LAW 1501 Restrictions Students are able to undertake Moot Court only once during their studies. Quota Team by selection only Course Description Students are eligible for the subject by application and selection only. A call for applications will be sent to all students via email before the start of Semester 2. Participation in Moot Court subject will enable students to develop skills in preparing written submissions and in oral advocacy at an advanced level. Central to the learning in this subject is the preparation and participation in the 'Sir Harry Gibbs National Moot Competition (Constitutional Law)'.
Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Olijnyk
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Acquire a high level of written advocacy.
- Acquire a high level of oral advocacy.
- Analyse legal problems and research the legal issues in a collaborative group environment.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required texts.
Competition rules, moot problems, and associated materials will be placed on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesJ Snape & G Watt, How to Moot: A Student’s Guide to Mooting (2nd ed, Oxford 2010)
Christopher Kee, The Art of Argumentation: A Guide to Mooting (Cambridge 2006)
TA Mauet & LA McCrimmon, Fundamentals of Trial Technique (3rd ed, Lawbook Co 2011)
Lee Stusser, An Introduction to Advocacy (2nd ed, Lawbook Co 2011)
J Butler & T Gygar, Australian Mooting Manuel (2nd ed, LexisNexis 2012)
Online LearningMyUni will be used to post announcements, post additional course materials, and announce assignment tasks. It will also contain electronic copies of the Course Profile, Lecture and Seminar Guides, and Course Materials.
Students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with these materials and additional learning resources throughout the course: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeminars will be conducted on a twice weekly basis and will involve the analysis of the legal issues arising in the moot problems and the preparation of written and oral submissions. Oral mooting practices will also be held on a regular basis.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact time: There will be 2 seminar and moot practice contact hours per week. Students are expected to attend all classes throughout the semester unless an absence is excused due to illness or compassionate reasons are provided. Appropriate documentation may be required. Students who fail to attend more than THREE (3) classes without a valid excuse may receive an overall fail grade for the course.
Preparation time: In addition to attending formal classes it is anticipated that students will do substantial independent work to prepare for classes and to complete the course assignments. It would be expected that an additional 9 hours of preparatory work will be undertaken.
Learning Activities SummaryA full timetable of all learning activities will be arranged in consultation with the students participating in each mooting team at the commencement of the course.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will be required to travel to Melbourne for the Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot on 3-5 October 2019. Flights and accommodation will be provided by the University.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting Task Type Due Length Redeemable Learning Outcome Written Submissions 30% Group
No 1-3 Practice Moot #1 20% Individual TBC No 1-3 Practice Moot #2 50% Individual TBC No 1-3
Assessment Related RequirementsThere are no additional assessment-related requirements.
Assessment DetailThe assessment tasks are designed to both enable students to develop advanced skills in legal analysis, written and oral advocacy. The assessment is designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability to evaluate complex legal scenarios and identify the relevant legal issues that need to be considered.
The written submissions are assessed taking into account the following factors: Were the arguments properly organised for clarity and comprehension? Were they presented in a logical sequence? Was effective use made of the best authorities and the best policy arguments? Were the arguments and authorities effectively woven into the facts of the case? Were cases properly analysed to support arguments or identify similarity to the case under decision?
Oral presentations are assessed on the following factors: Did the introduction properly focus the Court’s attention on what are going to be presented as the primary arguments? Was the presentation concise focusing on the more important arguments rather that a too detailed presentation that detracted from those arguments? Were any essential matters omitted from the oral presentation? Was the presentation concluded with a concise and effective summary of the arguments? Was the presentation effective in answering questions posed by the Judge?
All written work in the Law School is required to comply with the approved Law School style guide, the latest edition of The Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
Extensions: Requests for extensions must be made electronically according to law school policy. Extensions will be granted only for unexpected illness, hardship or on compassionate grounds in accordance with University Policy. Work commitments, travel, holidays or sporting engagements are not unexpected circumstances.
- Late Submission: Submission penalties of 5% (of the total mark of the assignment) each day (or part thereof) will be deducted for late submission (including weekends and public holidays), (ie an essay graded 63% will have 5 % deducted if it is one day late, for a final mark of 58%, 10% if it is two days, etc).
- Word Length: Is determined by the rules of the moot competition.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Courses for which a result of conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
Finality of Assessment Grades
Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).
ModerationIn accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
- assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
- detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
- sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
- reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
- comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
- automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
- the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.
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