Welcome to the Blackstone Society Competitions Hub!
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.
Blackstone has three different kinds of competitions:
Internal Competitions – just for UWA students
Inter-University Competitions – a chance to compete against the best and brightest from other universities
External Competitions – external competitions in a number of different forums.
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. You can register your interest for competitions by filling out this form.
Each competition is run by its own director. For specific enquiries about a competition, contact the relevant competitions officer.
For general enquiries about competitions, contact Patrick Mackenzie, the Competitions Vice-President at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton Utz Trial Advocacy CompetitionStart Date: 3 March 2014 / Entries Close:
Sponsored by Clayton Utz
The Trial Advocacy 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.
The Coordinator of the 2014 Trial Advocacy Competition is Steph Baker who can be contacted at email@example.com The Organiser is Jessie Poon who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition Dates 2014
Monday 3 March
Tuesday 4 March
Monday 10 March
Tuesday 11 March
Monday 24 March
Tuesday 25 March
Quarter Final: Tuesday 15 April
Semi Final: Tuesday 29 April
Grand Final: Tuesday 13 May
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview CompetitionStart Date: 5 March 2014 / Entries Close:
Sponsored by Corrs Chambers Westgarth
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.
The Coordinator of the 2014 Client Interview Competition is Tiana Chien who can be contacted at email@example.com
Competition Dates 2014
- Wednesday 5 March
- Thursday 6 March
- Wednesday 12 March
- Thursday 13 March
- Wednesday 26 March
- Thursday 27 March
Quarter Final: Wednesday 16 April
Semi Final: Wednesday 30 April
Grand Final: Wednesday 14 May
King & Wood Mallesons Open Mooting CompetitionStart Date: 17 March 2014 / Entries Close:
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.
Competition Dates 2014
- Monday 17 March
- Tuesday 18 March
- Wednesday 19 March
- Thursday 20 March
- Monday 5 May
- Tuesday 6 May
Semi Final: Monday 19 May
Grand Final: 20 August
Ashurst Student Paper CompetitionStart Date: 8 May 2014 / Entries Close:7 May 2014
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.
The Coordinator of the 2014 Ashurst Student Paper Competition is Alice Graziotti who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition Dates 2014
Written Submission Due Date: Thursday 8 May
Oral Presentation of Paper: Wednesday 21 May
Herbert Smith Freehills Negotiation CompetitionStart Date: 13 August 2014 / Entries Close:8 August 2014
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 Matt Dulaney email@example.com. Once the competition has commenced, competitors will be contacted by the Negotiation Coordinator Claudia Lewin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign Ups Closed
- Wednesday 13th August
- Thursday 14th August
- Wednesday 27th August
- Thursday 28th August
- Wednesday 10 September
- Wednesday 24 September
- Wednesday 8 October
Jackson McDonald First Year Mooting CompetitionStart Date: 13 October 2014 / Entries Close:3 October 2014
Sponsored by Jackson McDonald
The Jackson McDonald First Year Mooting Competition 2014 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, Matt Dulaney email@example.com. The Coordinator for the competition will be Nikki Mullen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Round 1A: Monday 13 October
Round 1B: Tuesday 14 October
Semi Final: Friday 17 October
Grand Final: Monday 20 October
Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Mooting CompetitionStart Date: 8 September 2014 / Entries Close:21 August 2014
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 Matt Dulaney email@example.com. Once the competition commences, questions should be directed to the IHL Coordinator Nina Sunio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“How-to” session: TBC
- Monday 8 September
- Tuesday 9 September
- Tuesday 16 September
- Tuesday 23 September
- Tuesday 7 October
NEW AMPLA Mining Law MootStart Date: / Entries Close:
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 oral 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?
You can apply by filling in this form.
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 email@example.com