LAW 2518 - Moot Court

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Students are eligible for the subject by application and selection only. To apply an on-line application needs to be submitted 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 national mooting competitions such as: 'The Administrative Appeals Tribunal Mooting Competition', the 'Sir Harry Gibbs National Moot Competition (Constitutional Law)' and the `Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition?.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 only able to undertake Moot Court once during their studies.
    Quota Team by selection only
    Course Description Students are eligible for the subject by application and selection only. To apply an on-line application needs to be submitted 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 national mooting competitions such as: 'The Administrative Appeals Tribunal Mooting Competition', the 'Sir Harry Gibbs National Moot Competition (Constitutional Law)' and the `Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition?.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Allan Perry

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The scheduling of classes for the Moot Court course is dependant upon the scheduling of the moot competition a particular group is participating in. Provisionally there will be a 2 hr seminar scheduled from 5-7pm. The week-day of this seminar will be determined after consultation with the students in the class. Additional classes will be scheduled as required.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will have:

    1) Developed a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and policies that influence the area
        of Australian law that is the subject matter of their moot;

    2) Developed advanced problem solving skills in order to analyse complex fact scenarios in order to 
        identify the relevant legal issues;

    3) Developed the ability to locate, analyse, evaluate, and synthesise materials so as to be able to
        undertake advanced legal research;

    4) Developed the skills of written advocacy;

    5) Developed the skills of oral advocacy;

    6) Developed the ability to critically analyse legislation and case law;

    7) Developed good inter-personal and communication skills to prepare written and oral presentations
        both independently and as a member of a team;

    8) Developed an understanding of the ethical issues and responsibilities that arise in the practice of law.

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,6,8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,3,6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4,5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    J. Butler & T Gygar, Australian Mooting Manual (2nd ed, LexisNexis 2012)

    Competition rules, moot problems, and associated materials will be provided in a printed format, and placed on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    J 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)
    Online Learning
    MyUni 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. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Seminars will be conducted on a weekly basis and will involve the analysis of the legal issues arising in the moot problems and the preparation of written and oral submissions. Additional oral mooting practices will be arranged as required.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Contact time: There will be 3 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 Summary
    A 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. The table below provides general guidance to the learning activities in the course but may be altered to reflect the structure of each particular moot competition.



    Moot Practice

    Week 1

    The Structure and Nature of Mooting


    Week 2

    Introduction To Legal Advocacy


    Week 3

    How to Prepare Written Submissions


    Week 4

    Basics of Oral Advocacy


    Week 5

    Analysis of Practice Moot Problem (1)


    Week 6


    Presentation of Oral Arguments

    Week 7

    Analysis of Practice Moot Problem (2)


    Week 8


    Presentation of Oral Arguments

    Week 9

    Analysis of Competition Problem


    Week 10

    Analysis of Competition Problem

    Presentation of Oral Arguments

    Week 11

    Final Written Submissions Submitted

    Presentation of Oral Arguments

    Week 12


    Presentation of Oral Arguments

    Specific Course Requirements
    Students may be required to travel intra- or interstate to participate in mooting competitions. All expenses for any such travel will provided.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Item

    % of Final Mark

    Date Due

    Group or Individual


    Learning Objectives

    Written Submissions for applicant 






    Reply to Applicant's submissions






    Practice Moot #1






    Practice Moot #2






    • A detailed timetable for each moot team will be determined once the date of the moot competition
       and release of the problem is announced.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students who miss more than THREE (3) seminars without a valid excuse may receive an overall fail grade for the course.
    Assessment Detail
    The 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?

    Detailed grade descriptors for this course are below:

    High Distinction









    (0 - 49)

    Outstanding or exceptional work - understanding, interpretation, presentation & originality

    A very high standard of work which demonstrates originality and insight

    Demonstrates a high level of understanding and presentation.

    Basic understanding

    Fails to demonstrate basic  understanding.

    Strong evidence of independent reading beyond core texts and materials

    Evidence of reading beyond core texts and materials

    Thorough understanding of core texts and materials

    Evidence of having read core texts and materials

    Little evidence of having read core texts and materials

    Demonstrates insight, awareness and understanding of deeper and more subtle aspects of the topic.

    Evidence of an awareness and understanding of deeper and more subtle aspects of the topic

    Sound knowledge of principles and concepts

    Knowledge of principles and concepts at least adequate to communicate intelligently.

    Little knowledge of principles and concepts.



    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.

    Unless otherwise required by moot competition rules all written assignments must be presented in hard copy on single-sided on A4 size paper, double spaced and with a margin of at least 2.5cm. Assessment work that is not submitted in this form either may not be accepted or be required to be resubmitted in appropriate form. All hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by the Assignment Cover Sheet that sets out the word length, and contains a signed declaration that the assignment consists of the students own work. A student’s results will be withheld until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet. Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    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.


    1. 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).
    2. Word Length: Is determined by the rules of the moot competition. Written submissions that fail to confirm to the competition rules by exceeding the stipulated length (word length or page limit) will be subject to a penalty of 5% of total marks available per 100 words or part thereof (ie with a word limit of 3,000, an essay graded 63% will have 5% deducted if it is 3001 words long, for a final grade of 58%, 10% if it is 3101 words long, etc). Words are calculated including all footnotes and headings within the text but excluding cover page information.
    Course Grading

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support

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    Practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

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  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Further information regarding the Law School Policies and Procedures in relation to Supplementary Assessment, Extensions, and Remarks etc can be found at:

    Plagiarism and other forms of cheating

    Plagiarism is a serious act of academic misconduct. All students must be familiar with the Adelaide Law School Enrolment Guide 2014, and should note in particular the sections relating to plagiarism, grievance procedures and academic conduct within the Law School and the University.

    Plagiarism is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Please be aware that “academic dishonesty” (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to refuse to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.

  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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