Mooting at Murdoch

The Murdoch Moot Program is a high quality and innovative moot program that provides you with the opportunity to develop your practical legal skills in a real life setting.


What is mooting?

'Mooting' is a form of advocacy training where a court case is simulated. You prepare written arguments then present your argument before a panel of judges in our purpose built courtroom.

Our program is overseen by experienced academics and offer credit point units to competing students. By participating, you receive advance training in legal research, analysis and advocacy. We see mooting as a valuable way of developing the practical skills that you will need when you enter legal practice.

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Where can mooting take you?

Mooting competitions are held within and between law schools – in domestic, regional and global competitions. Murdoch regularly competes in a variety of mooting competitions and international competitions can attract over 400 teams globally so there’s a variety of opportunities available to you.

From the High Court in Melbourne to the Vienna Town Hall in Austria, mooting competitions take our students to a variety of locations around the world to further develop their advocacy skills. You could find yourself preparing arguments on issues as diverse as environmental damage on the high seas, terrorist activities, militaristic actions or human rights issues.

Recent successes

  • 27th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot - Top 64 and received an Honourable Mention for the Eric E. Bergsten Award in Team Orals.
  • 20th International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot - Preliminary finalists, 3rd Place Best Overall Written Memo, Best Speaker in the General Rounds awarded to Reuben Pemberton-Ovens.
  • 2019 Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration Moot – Semi Finalists, 2nd place Claimant Memo, 2nd place Respondent Memo, Best Overall Speaker in the General Rounds awarded to Alex Di Rosso.
  • 2019 AMPLA Mining Law Moot – Overall Winners, Karla Fernandes awarded the Best Mooter award.

What is Moot Court Bench?

The Moot Court Bench (MCB) is a student body dedicated to encouraging mooting activities around the Law School at Murdoch. MCB aims to develop students’ advocacy, research, writing, and organisational skills.

The MCB is completed on a volunteer basis, and in recognition, you will receive 40 hours of voluntary service recorded on your academic transcript received at graduation. You will undertake various projects, have access to advanced advocacy training seminars, skills development and invitations to the MCB Coffee Hour Seminars with distinguished guest speakers.