School of law

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.

Projects

Projects are allocated to each member at the start of semester (often with a group of 2 – 3 members working on a project together) and are generally completed within the same semester. The projects range from coordinating competitions to creating mooting guides and tutorials. Some of the competitions MCB coordinates are the Torts Moot, McCusker Trial Advocacy Competition and Magistrates Court Moot.

Coffee Hour Seminars

MCB also arranges ‘Coffee Hour Seminars’ where distinguished advocates speak informally with MCB students. The feedback from students about these seminars has been outstanding and MCB aims to coordinate two seminars each semester. Past and present MCB members are invited to attend.


Assessment

MCB members are assessed using their projects, completion of practical workshops and general participation. General participation includes entering and/or judging competitions, writing competition questions and virtually anything else which helps MCB achieve its goals.

How to Get Involved

Moot Court Bench is a 4-point law elective taken over two consecutive semesters. Intake occurs every semester. Students considering applying for a position on the Moot Court Bench should download the application form here. You can also find the unit information here. Towards the end of semester keep an eye out for notices around the law school and on LMS advising when applications close.

Applications are now open for students wishing to commence on the Moot Court Bench in Semester 1, 2015. All applications must be received no later than 5pm on Friday, 31st October 2014. Please contact the Unit Coordinator, Lorraine Finlay at l.finlay@murdoch.edu.au if you have any queries regarding the application process.