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Grammar partners with USC to bring courtroom to the classroom

Date: February 12, 2018    Posted by: Megan Meineke

Teams from schools across the coast gathered at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday, February 6 for a legal battle with the official launch of the region’s inaugural mooting competition, a joint initiative by Sunshine Coast Grammar School and USC Faculty of Law.

The mooting competition is the first regional inter-school competition aimed to allow the participants to develop fundamental skills required in legal studies and the legal profession. These skills include problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication and teamwork.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School Teacher Mr Ben Princehorn is excited to bring this competition to the region and strongly encourages all Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools to register a team for the inaugural year.

“Students are eligible to participate if they are studying Year 11 or 12 Legal Studies at a Sunshine Coast high school and are required to have a basic understanding of the Australian Legal System,” said Mr Princehorn.

The competition will simulate a court hearing which imitates procedures followed in real courts. It is an opportunity for students to consider a legal problem, prepare written submissions and then use their oral presentation skills to present arguments before a judge or judges.

All registered teams will be made up of 3-5 senior legal studies students and will compete in Round 1 which starts on Monday, April 16, with the winning teams going on to the next round and so on. There will be up to 5 rounds in total, held over 5 days including the Grand Final for the two teams that win their respective rounds.

University of the Sunshine Coast Convenor and Faculty of Law Lecturer, Dominique Moritz says that mooting is unlike public speaking or debating, this competition allows competitors to engage with interesting and topical legal issues, enhance advocacy and writing skills and collaborate with peers.

“The quarter finals, semi-finals and grand finals of the Mooting Competition will be held at the USC Moot Court, which is an exciting prospect for all legal students,” said Ms Moritz.

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