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Welcome to the Murdoch University Moot Court Bench (MCB)

What is MCB?

MCB is a student body dedicated to encouraging mooting activities around the law school. Broadly speaking, MCB’s goals are to foster the mooting culture at Murdoch University and develop students’ advocacy, research and writing skills. MCB achieves this by undertaking various projects and workshops throughout each semester. MCB also works closely with the Murdoch University law faculty and the Murdoch Student Law Society. The faculty advisor for MCB is currently Lorraine Finlay.

What do Students Get Out of it?

MCB aims to develop students’ advocacy, research, writing, and organisational skills. These are among the fundamental skills for any student who wishes to apply for a position on one of Murdoch Law School’s international mooting teams, and for any student who seeks to practice in litigation.
MCB is done on a volunteer basis, and in recognition of students’ contribution, 40 hours of voluntary service are recorded on their academic transcript received at graduation. In addition, students also have access to advanced advocacy training seminars, skills development and invitations to the MCB Coffee Hour Seminars with distinguished guest speakers. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in a range of projects throughout the year.

Examples of MCB Projects

Examples of MCB projects include:

  • Assisting with competition coordination (e.g. with the Criminal Law Junior Moot Competition, Evidence Trial Advocacy Competition, and the Magistrates Court Moot Competition).
  • The creation of mooting guides and tutorials.
  • Involvement in initiatives to promote mooting excellence at Murdoch

How to Get Involved

The Moot Court Bench is a year-long commitment with up to 12 students being chosen each year. As part of the volunteer 40 hours, students are expected to attend a fortnightly meeting, and to actively participate in events such as Open Day, marketing activities, and mentoring for the LLB314 Introduction to Mooting unit.
To apply, please email your expression of interest detailing your reasons for applying, along with your past mooting experience and a copy of your academic transcript to Michelle Barron (Mooting Coordinator) - M.Barron@murdoch.edu.au
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

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