High school students learn to moot

April 13, 2010

High school students learn to mootStudents from four Western Australian high schools have learnt the art of mooting, the oral presentation of a legal issue, thanks to law firm Jackson McDonald and Murdoch University Law School.

Murdoch Faculty Dean and mooting judge Christopher Doepel said that in preparation for the 2010 Jackson McDonald Cup, students were mentored by the Law School’s Moot Court Bench, the only such organisation in Australia.

“The Bench, which consists of Murdoch law students, has been mentoring the students since February this year conducting a series of seminars on oral advocacy and the preparation of submissions,” Mr Doepel said.

“Students were given a hypothetical case to moot.

“Their case involved the law regarding hoteliers’ liability for alcohol-related harm.”

Mr Doepel said the standard of students from Penrhos, Leeming, All Saints and St Hilda’s, who made it to the semi-finals and finals, was exceptional.

The students mooted at the Supreme Court of Western Australia and were judged by Faculty Dean Christopher Doepel, Managing Partner of Jackson McDonald, Graham Goerke and Murdoch law student and international mooter Stephen Olynyk.

“After some tough deliberation we declared Penrhos College the overall winners with St Hilda’s in second place, followed closely by All Saints and Leeming,” Mr Doepel said.

The winning team received $300 per person. If any of the team members enrol in Murdoch School of Law in 2011 they will receive an additional $500 each to be spent on books.

Photo: The winning team of students from Penrhos College.

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