The Waikato National Secondary Schools' Mooting Competition is an opportunity for Year 11, 12 and 13 students to develop their advocacy skills in a competitive environment. Approximately 40 New Zealand schools participate in an intense competition held over May - July every year.
The Waikato Faculty of Law is the only New Zealand law school that has hosted this competition since 2001.
This challenge offers future lawyers to practice many practical legal skills during their studies. These skills include client interviewing, witness examination and negotiations. Importantly, mooting is considered to be the most prestigious as it poses a number of professional and personal challenges.
Through the competition participants will learn and apply vital legal skills relevant for their future legal careers. During this challenge, students will:
• Develop and present a legal argument and opinion
• Learn the process of legal reasoning
• Learn the principles of legal research
• Enhance their public speaking and presentation skills
• Learn the process of litigation (taking a case to court)
• Learn about courtroom etiquette and procedures
• Discover sources of law in New Zealand
All Finalists will receive 2 days work experience at McCaw Lewis Lawyers’ Hamilton office.
Below are the list of prizes:
1st Prize: Competition Winner's trophy, $3,000 scholarship towards tuition fees at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law for all members of the winning team, and a cash prize to each member of the winning team provided by McCaw Lewis.
2nd Prize: a cash prize to each member of the runner-up team.
Best Mooter: Best Mooter trophy and a $500 cash prize from Te Piringa - Faculty of Law.
Best Māori Mooter award: Best Māori Mooter trophy and a cash prize provided by Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa - New Zealand Māori Law Society.
For more information visit the official website here.
Around 40 schools enter the competition every year. This amounts to a substantial number of applicants so the competition is relatively competitive.
There doesn't appear to be an entry fee.
A moot is a legal debate in a courtroom setting with a judge panel. Participants must be able to argue their teams opposing submission with the skill of applying the relevant law and legal principles.
This is an annual event, that consists of 3 dates spread over 3 months.
Students must register their interest by completing an online registration form and sending it to the Competition Organiser.
Applicants will be sent the mooting fact scenario and a set of materials that will be used for legal research. All schools will be sent the same set of materials. During the first round of the competition, each school moots against one other school. Because there are two sides to a moot, your school will be given a side of the moot to take from the outset.
It is up to each school to decide how a team will be selected. Each team should have 2-3 competitors.