Competitions

Welcome to the Blackstone Society Competitions Hub!

NEW – Check out our Competitions Handbook

To view or download the 2015 Competitions Handbook that answers all your questions, click here:

Competitions Handbook 2015

What competitions are available?

Blackstone offers a range of different competitions for all students across all levels of skill and experience. Competitions run year round so hopefully you can find something here for you.

We have competitions exclusively for pre-law students, some only for first year JD’s. Other competitions don’t rely on any knowledge of substantive law and so are a fantastic introduction into the wonderful world of competitions. There are three types of competitions Blackstone supports:

  • Blackstone Competitions – internal competitions generally for students studying the JD
  • Pre-Law Competitions – competitions for students who are enrolled in either of the UWA pre-law majors. You don’t have to have an assured entry pathway to compete in these competitions
  • External Competitions – every year Blackstone sponsors a small number of student to participate in external competitions against students from other universities.

Why compete?

There are a range of reasons to try your hand in a competition. Competitions are an opportunity to apply your legal knowledge in  practical setting, develop your advocacy, research and reasoning skills, it looks great on your resume, meet people and get feedback from industry professionals.

Grand Finalists in internal competitions are eligible to be sponsored for a week long trip to ALSA to compete against universities from around the Asia Pacific!

How do I get involved?

Applications for the various competitions open at different times, check out each of the specific competitions in the relevant section.

There is also plenty of opportunities for students who aren’t competing to help out in Court on the night by taking the role of the judges associate. It’s a great way to learn more about the competitions, get access to industry professionals and get involved in Blackstone. If you’re keen to be an associate for any competition, contact the Competitions Officer, Kelsey Montgomery competitionsofficer@blackstone.asn.au.

Who do I contact?

For general enquiries about competitions, contact Pat Mackenzie, the Competitions Vice-President at competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au. Also, check out our FAQ page here.

If you wish to register interest in acting as an associate or client, please contact the Competitions Officer, Kelsey Montgomery at competitionsofficer@blackstone.asn.au

Each competition has its own Director. For specific enquiries about a particular competition, contact the relevant director:

Witness Examination – Sarah Oldfield – witnessexamination@blackstone.asn.au

Student Paper – Amy Saunders – studentpaper@blackstone.asn.au

Client Interview – Fiona Le – clientinterview@blackstone.asn.au

Open Mooting – Geoff Benson – openmooting@blackstone.asn.au

 

Clayton Utz Witness Examination Competition

Start Date: 2 March 2015 /   Entries Close:27 February 2015

Competitor Sign-Ups have now closed for this competition

Sponsored by Clayton Utz

 The Witness Examination Competition simulates a trial in which teams of two counsel represent the prosecution/plaintiff or the defence. The focus of the competition is examination and cross-examination of witnesses to provide an answer to a particular legal problem, together with the presentation of brief opening and closing addresses. Given this fact-finding objective, no knowledge of the substantive law is necessary, and only limited pre-trial preparation is required. The competition exposes students to the rules of evidence and the operation of the court system, whilst developing their skills of persuasive argument. Students are also encouraged to volunteer as witnesses.

For any queries about this competition, contact the Witness Examination Director, Sarah Oldfield witnessexamination@blackstone.asn.au, or the Competitions VP, Pat Mackenzie competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au

Dates

This competition is run over 5 knockout rounds, held on weeknights at UWA. The Grand Final is hosted in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Round 1 (Weeks 2 and 3, Semester 1)

Monday 2 March

Tuesday 3 March

Monday 9 March

Tuesday 10 March

Round 2 (Week 5, Semester 1)

Monday 23 March

Tuesday 24 March

Quarter Final (Week 8, Semester 1)

Tuesday 14 April

Semi Final (Week 9, Semester 1)

Tuesday 21 April

Grand Final (Week 11, Semester 1, Supreme Court of Western Australia)

Wednesday 13 May

Information for Competitors

Witness Examination Guide on Objections

Witness Examination Rules 2015

Witness Examination Assessment Sheets 2015

Witness Examination Information for Competitors 2015

Sample Question

Norton Rose Fulbright Client Interview Competition

Start Date: 4 March 2015 /   Entries Close:2 March 2015

Sign-ups for the Norton Rose Fulbright Client Interview Competition are now CLOSED

Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright

The Client Interview Competition provides students with the opportunity to develop skills including building rapport with clients, active listening and practical problem solving, which are of great value to many professions and a key part of legal practice. The competition simulates the first meeting between a client and two lawyers who have received a short memorandum beforehand. The focus of the competition is the identification of the client’s problem, eliciting relevant facts, handling their interests and suggesting an appropriate structured solution. No knowledge of the substantive law is required and only limited pre-interview preparation is necessary.

For any queries about this competition contact our Competitions VP, Pat Mackenzie competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au or the Competitions Director of the 2015 Client Interview Competition, Fiona Le at clientinterview@blackstone.asn.au

Dates

This competition is conducted over 5 knockout rounds, held on weeknights at UWA. The Grand Final is held at the Norton Rose Fulbright offices.

Round 1 (Week 2, Semester 1)

Wednesday 4 March

Round 2 (Week 5, Semester 1)

Wednesday 25 March

Thursday 26 March

Round 3 (Week 8, Semester 1)

Wednesday 15 April

Semi Final (Week 9, Semester 1)

Wednesday 22 April

Grand Final (Week 12, Semester 1, Norton Rose Fulbright Offices)

Thursday 14 May

Client Interview Guide 2015

Client Interview Rules 2015

Client Interview Assessment Sheet 2015

Client Interview Sample Problem 2015

King & Wood Mallesons Open Mooting Competition

Start Date: 16 March 2015 /   Entries Close:9 March 2015

Sign-ups for Open Mooting are now open

Simply follow this link to register as a competitor for Open Mooting:

http://goo.gl/forms/JEdKPVqXrP

Sponsored by King & Wood Mallesons

Mooting is a prestigious competition in which UWA has a long history of excellence at national and international levels. The competition aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop their legal research and analytical skills, as well as their skills of persuasive argument, in the formal environment of an appellate court.

The Open Mooting Competition involves a simulated hearing before an appellate court in which individual counsel argue particular points of law which are unsettled or the subject of recent development. The focus of the competition is the research and preparation of a List of Authorities and a brief Outline of Submissions and the presentation of persuasive oral argument. Mooters tend to devote themselves to preparation three days before the moot.

For any queries regarding this competition, please contact our Competitions VP, Pat Mackenzie competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au

Tips and Tricks

Click on the below documents to get access to some tips and tricks regarding mooting prepared by some current and former Supreme Court of WA judges:

Mooting Tips – Kennedy J

Mooting Tips – Malcolm CJ

Open Mooting Crashcourse

Dates

Given the volume of preparation required for mooting, this competition is run over 4 knockout rounds over the course of the year.

Round 1 (Week 4, Semester 1)

Monday 16 March

Tuesday 17 March

Wednesday 18 March

Thursday 19 March

Round 2 (Week 9, Semester 1)

Monday 20 April

Tuesday 21 April

Round 3 (Week 10, Semester 1)

Monday 27 April

Tuesday 21 April

Semi Final (Week 2, Semester 2)

Tuesday 4 August

Grand Final (Week 4, Semester 2, Supreme Court of Western Australia)

Wednesday 19 August

Open Mooting Rules 2015

Open Mooting Information for Competitors 2015

Open Mooting Assessment Sheet 2015

Relevant Legislation – Sample Question

Semi Finals Judges’ Notes

Semi Finals Question

Ashurst Student Paper Competition

Start Date: 7 May 2015 /   Entries Close:7 May 2015

Sponsored by Ashurst

The Student Paper Competition invites students to submit and present a paper on a subject of their choice connected with law or justice. It aims to encourage the pursuit of excellence in academic scholarship and allow students to develop their skills of research, analysis, communication, oral presentation and persuasive argument. There are two stages to the competition: submission of a written paper followed later by an oral presentation of the key elements of the written paper and the argument it develops.

For any queries regarding this competition, contact our Competitions VP, Pat Mackenzie competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au

Dates

This competition is run as a single round. Any number of students can enter the written submissions, however only a limited number of students will progress to the Oral Presentation stage, held at Ashurst Offices.

Written Submission Due Date: Thursday 7 May

Oral Presentation of Paper: Wednesday 20 May

Student Paper Assessment Sheet (Oral and Written) 2014

Student Paper Information for Competitors 2014

Student Paper Rules 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills Negotiation Competition

Start Date: 11 August 2015 /   Entries Close:7 August 2015

The Herbert Smith Freehills Negotiation Competition involves a simulated negotiation of a legal issue in which teams of two negotiators represent different parties to the dispute. The focus of the competition is the achievement of a negotiation outcome that satisfies the goals and expectations of each team’s client. Given this objective, no knowledge of the substantive law is necessary, and only limited pre-negotiation preparation is required. The competition aims to expose students to a form of consensual resolution of disputes that is increasingly prevalent in the community, while developing their skills of negotiation, perception and communication.

Queries regarding this competition can be forwarded to our Competitions VP Patrick Mackenzie competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au

Sign Ups

Sign ups for this competition will be available in early second semester.

Dates

Negotiation is run over 4 knockout rounds, culminating in the Grand Final at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices. Preliminary rounds are conducted on weeknights at UWA, commencing at 6pm.

Round 1 (Week 3, Sem 2)

Tuesday 11 August

Wednesday 12 August

Round 2 (Week 5, Sem 2)

Tuesday 25 August

Wednesday 26 August

Semi Final (Week 7, Sem 2)

Thursday 10 September

Grand Final (Week 9, Sem 2, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Offices)

Thursday 24 September

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Jackson McDonald First Year Mooting Competition

Start Date: 25 August 2015 /   Entries Close:18 August 2015

Sponsored by Jackson McDonald

The Jackson McDonald First Year Mooting Competition involves a simulated hearing before an appellate court in which individual counsel argue particular points of law. The Competition is open only to students enrolled in their second semester of the Juris Doctor. The topics of the Moot will be based on the students’ course work, in areas such as Torts, Property Law or Public Law. A simplified version of the King & Wood Mallesons Open Mooting Competition, the focus of the competition is the research and preparation of a List of Authorities and the presentation of oral argument. The Jackson McDonald First Year Moot Competition differs from Open Mooting in that for Round 1, competitors will present as both Appellant and Respondent. Mooters will therefore gain immense experience from this competition as they are given the opportunity to advocate for both sides. Given that competitors will appear as appellant and respondent, and the thorough knowledge of the law required, Mooters will be given one week to prepare.

For information regarding the competition, competitors should direct their queries to the Competitions VP, Pat Mackenzie competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au.

Sign-Ups

Sign-ups for this competition will be available early second semester.

Dates:

This competition is run over knockout rounds. Each round is held on a weeknight at UWA, with the Grand Final being held at Jackson McDonald’s offices.

Round 1 (Week 5, Sem 2)

Tuesday 25 August

Thursday 27 August

Round 2 (Week 7, Sem 2)

Wednesday 9 September

Semi Final (Week 9, Sem 2)

Tuesday 22 September

Grand Final (Week 12, Sem 2, at Jackson McDonald’s offices)

Monday 12 October

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Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Mooting Competition

Start Date: 7 September 2015 /   Entries Close:1 September 2015

International Humanitarian Law is the body of law that regulates conduct between opposing sides during times of war or armed conflict. The International Humanitarian Law Mooting Competition involves a simulated trial before the International Criminal Court, in which teams of two counsel represent the prosecution or the defence. The focus of the competition is the preparation of an Outline of Submissions and the presentation of oral argument.

Given the basic knowledge of international humanitarian law required, there is a generous preparation period before the moot and teams are provided with a case list suggesting relevant authorities. The problems concern alleged breaches of international humanitarian law and are designed to reflect actual criminal prosecutions, as well as address emerging issues in the law of armed conflict. The competition aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore the area of international humanitarian law, as well develop their research analytical and advocacy skills in a formal environment.

Competitors will receive the question two weeks before Round 1. They will then Moot on the same question in future rounds. Competitors may be required to moot as either appellant or respondent during the competition.

Questions regarding this competition may be directed to our Competitions Vice-President Pat Mackenzie at competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au.

Sign-Up:

Sign ups for this competition will open early second semester.

Dates

This competition is run over 4 knock-out rounds, each held on weeknights at UWA.

“How-to” session: TBC

Round 1 (Week 7, Sem 2)

Monday 7 September

Tuesday 8 September

Round 2 (Week 8, Sem 2)

Tuesday 15 September

Semi Final (Week 9, Sem 2)

Tuesday 22 September

Grand Final (Week 11, Sem 2)

Tuesday 6 October

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NEW AMPLA Mining Law Moot

Start Date: 17 September 2015 /   Entries Close:1 September 2015

This year in an exciting new initiative, Blackstone has partnered with long term Mooting partner AMPLA, Murdoch and Notre Dame Law Student Societies to bring you the Inaugural AMPLA WA Mining Moot.

What is it?

In conjunction with the Australian Mining and Petroleum Lawyers Association (AMPLA), Blackstone and the Murdoch and Notre Dame LSSs have combined to create an exclusive stand-alone inter-university moot.

The AMPLA Mining Law Moot is conducted as a single round, consisting of written submissions and then making oral submissions. The question is generated by AMPLA with a specific focus on mining and energy issues. Past AMPLA questions have covered questions of State Agreements, native title interaction with mining schemes and breaches of contracts in the mining context.

It is also an exciting step along the way to revitalising inter-university competitions between the three faculties.

Who can compete?

There will be teams of three selected from each university, one solicitor to assist in the preparation of submissions and then two counsel to present oral submissions.

Closer to the time, Blackstone will be inviting applications from students who have studied or are studying the Mining and Energy Law unit. Competitors will be expected to have a keen interest in the area, strong academic credentials and a proven track record in competitions, after all, it’s Blackstone’s reputation on the line! JDs and LLBs are both welcome to apply!

How do I get involved?

Applications will open in early second semester.

You can get more information on AMPLA on their website: www.ampla.org

For general enquiries about this competition, email Patrick Mackenzie, the 2015 Competitions Vice-President at competitionsvp@blackstone.asn.au

 

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