The UTAS Law School offers diverse opportunities in advocacy both within the curriculum and as extracurricular activities. Advocacy is central to the core second/third year units of Public Law and Constitutional Law and the final year Faculty Moot, which is held in the Supreme Court of Tasmania. There is also a summer elective which allows five students to compete in the prestigious Jessup International Law Moot. The unit involves participating in the Australian rounds of the competition in Canberra, held in February each year.
In addition to the advocacy training and requirements within in the curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in number of internal and external competitions.
The internal competitions, organised by the Tasmania University Law Society (TULS) cater to a range of experience and competency levels. The University also sends a team to the Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA) National Championships, where UTAS has regularly enjoyed success - most recently, the 2015 team reaching the ALSA moot grand final.
LAW SCHOOL COMPETITIONS
TULS runs an advocacy workshop in the fifth week of semester one, for anyone considering participation in one of the competitions or for those beginning their first assessed mooting unit.
First and second year students are able to participate in internal junior competitions, which are run in second semester and include negotiations, client interviews and mooting. These are a great chance for students to gain experience and lay the groundwork for senior competitions. No experience or completion of specific units is required and training sessions are offered to familiarise participants with any areas of law they might not be knowledgeable about.
TULS Senior Competitions pit senior law students (third to fifth year) against each other in a number of challenging competitions. This is a great way for students to further their skills and gain confidence in advocacy and other legal skills. Six competitions are offered:
- Witness Examination
- Client Interview
- International Humanitarian Law Moot
- Paper Presentation
These competitions also serve as the selection process for positions on the UTAS delegation to the ALSA National Championships, held annually between the first and second semesters.
In addition to success at ALSA, UTAS teams have achieved outstanding results in a number of other intervarsity competitions, including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Moot (2015 national winners). See a recent news story for a more detailed account of UTAS competition achievements.
In 2016 UTAS, in addition to the ALSA championships, will be sending teams to the following competitions:
- Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Moot
- Castan Centre Human Rights Moot
- Administrative Appeals Tribunal Moot
- Baker and McKenzie National Women's Moot
- Animal Law Moot
- Jessup International Law Moot
The TULS Competitions Handbook is a comprehensive guide to competitions at the UTAS Law School, as well as a good source of hints and FAQs.
The TULS Competitions Director for 2016 is Olga Nelson. For more information contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about all competitions will be emailed to students and advertised on the TULS social media pages.