ACU achieves great results at QUT Torts Moot competition

Published: Wednesday 14th September 2016

Although just four years old, with the help of mentor Associate Professor Liz Crawford-Spencer, ACU's Thomas More Law School has held its own in a recent national mooting competition.

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Tort Moot is a longstanding law competition open to all universities from Australia and the South Pacific.

Mooting is a means of practicing skills by setting up a courtroom scenario that requires student teams to argue a legal problem before a pretend judge or panel of judges.

ACU first competed in the QUT Tort Moot 2015 mentored by Graham Thomas QC, performing with distinction beside strong established law schools such as Monash, Sydney and Queensland universities although our Law school was only in its third year of existence.

In 2016, coached by Associate Professor Liz Crawford-Spencer, our team lived in Brisbane for the week of the competition. It appears our experiences in 2015 served us well and we had learned what is needed to compete. Although only one of the four team members had mooted in an inter-varsity moot before, the team performed exceptionally well achieving a creditable seventh place in the overall 15 teams.

ACU students are not only more experienced mooters, but the Thomas More Law School is building a culture of mooting. Most weeks, students are acquiring and refining their legal skills through an active series of internal competitions which will allow us to compete even more strongly in future.

The Thomas More Law School has three teams entered in the Kirby Contract Moot at Victoria University in late September 2016 and a team in the Baker & McKenzie Women's Moot in Sydney at the same time. All the teams are buoyed by the QUT result and training hard.

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