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If students have completed the foundation units in first year, perform well under pressure and have participated in at least one internal moot as counsel, they may, when expressions of interest are called for, apply for a place on a team for a moot competition for which academic credit is granted. Places are very limited, but if students are successful, they can take their skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. International and national moots require significant preparation and attention to detail, with a very high level of commitment, research, writing and discipline knowledge. Because of the timetabling of international moots throughout the year, students may be required to work on the competition moot for extended periods, including between November and February. The number of moots offered will vary from year to year. Academic credit for this unit is restricted to registered members of official QUT teams in designated competitions.
Mooting is a fundamental element of legal education. As a good student mooter at QUT, you have the opportunity, because of the number of national and international competitions that the QUT Law School is invited to participate in, to take your skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. Each international and national moot that you participate in requires significant preparation and attention to detail. This unit is one of a number of work integrated learning units designed to provide you with the experience of using and developing your legal knowledge and skills in a real world context. Mooting will provide you with an authentic learning experience with direct application in real world legal environments. Through this experience you should be better placed for a smooth transition to the workplace.
The aim of this unit is to provide you with a real world experience through your participation in a moot competition. Through this experience you should:· extend the skills you have learnt in your first year subjects to give you a higher level of understanding of oral and written argument and persuasive speaking and provide you with an opportunity to apply these skills in a national or international competitive context· have an opportunity to establish contacts with practitioners and students of international law, both in Australia and overseas, and to develop an enthusiasm for and a commitment to a number of areas of international law and the processes of international adjudication· develop an understanding of professional, social and ethical responsibilities in the context of participating in a moot competition· develop an understanding of the importance of being able to work independently and to learn from experience.Some competitions have provision for registering teams that include researchers as well as oralists. Students selected in research-based positions for these moots will also be granted academic credit.
On the completion of this unit in mooting, you will be able to:1. apply the necessary skills for successful competition mooting, including research, analysis, application of legal principles and oral and written legal argument in a complicated legal problem2. work productively and co-operatively as part of a team3. appreciate the policy considerations implicit in law and legal argument in competition mooting4. create connections between diverse areas of legal knowledge and understand the practical application of knowledge and skills in an adversarial environment 5. for oralists, present and refute detailed legal argument, utilise relevant procedural moot rules and respond to intense questioning 6. for oralists, apply appropriate courtroom etiquette, interpersonal attitudes and ethical behaviour, and apply this understanding to working in a team in the competition moot you are participating in7. work independently, manage and prioritise time effectively to achieve goals.
The substantive law content of the unit will depend on the particular moot competition and problem.The unit consists of the following components:· preparation for the moot competition, including analysing and researching the moot problem· completion of written submissions· participation in team practice sessions as required, including (where appropriate) as the team's dedicated researcher· participation in the moot competition, including (where appropriate) as the team's dedicated researcher.Students need only participate in one competition moot to be entitled to a grade for this unit.SkillsIn this unit the following skills will be developed (explicitly and implicitly):1. problem solving and reasoning2. oral and written communication3. ethical attitude4. advocacy5. time management6. responsibility for independent learning.Graduate CapabilitiesUnderstanding of this content and the attainment of these skills will develop the following Law Graduate Capabilities:1. Discipline Knowledge 2. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Research3. Effective Communication4. Life Long Learning5. Work Independently and Collaboratively6. Professional, Social and Ethical Responsibility
The teaching and learning strategies in Competition Moots B are designed as far as possible to meet the objectives of the unit. You must produce your own work for the competition moots, so the 'teaching' will be student-generated. Within the limits prescribed by the moot rules for each of the competitions, instruction includes time for discussion between your team and the responsible academic to identify the issues raised by the problem, suggest avenues of research, discuss the legal arguments for the memorials and (where a memorial for one side only is required) for the opposite party. The responsible academic will also advise on the legal content and technical requirements of the memorials within the scope allowed by the competition rules.Advocacy skills are discussed in sessions critically reviewing practice moots. Practice moots are formal, in that the presentation will be made according to the Moot Rules requirements before a bench comprising the responsible academic, other Law School members and invited judges.The average contact time is two hours a week over the period of preparation for the moot.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
This is dependent on the competition moot problems each year.
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