21 August 2017

Legally minded high school students participated in this year's QUTLS High School Moot Competition, where students were universally commended on the very high quality of their research and arguments.

Since June, 10 teams of high school students from across South East Queensland have meticulously researched and prepared their written and oral submissions for a fictional dispute.

Each mooting round consisted of two teams who were required to submit an outline of argument, make an appearance before the court and moot on the issues for 20 minutes as a team.

The competition acts as an introduction to legal reasoning, oral advocacy and exposure to studying Law at QUT with practical experience. A university law mentor was matched with each team to assist with their preparation. 

Jonathan Brugh, legal studies teacher at St Patrick's College, praised the process of the Competition.

"The conception is a real application of what we talk about in the classroom. Our students benefit from those close links and support of the mentors," he said.

Competition between the teams was fierce, as they mooted several times across the two days to progress through the general rounds and into the quarter, semi and then the grand final.

Ailsa and Olivia, students from The Gap State High, said the Competition was a really good experience.

"We had so much fun participating in the competition. No matter the result, we were still really happy with what we achieved," they said.

Real world lawyers and judges adjudicated the competition and offered feedback to the students, with Bernard Porter QC (Barrister), Florence Chen (Barrister) and Amy Low (Barrister), presiding over the grand final.

Having earned their place from the preliminary and semi-final rounds, the grand final was fiercely contested between Corinda State High School and St. Patrick's College in Brisbane's renowned Banco Court.

Both teams demonstrated sophisticated arguments and excellent advocacy on behalf of their client, however Corinda State High School were declared the winners of the final moot.

QUT would like to congratulate each school that competed in the competition:

Contact QUTLS if your school is interested in participating in next year's High School Mooting Competition.

QUT Faculty of Law

Corinda State High School are the winners of this year's QUTLS High School Moot Competition.

The Banco Court.


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