The Annual Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition is hosted by Victoria Law School in the College of Law and Justice at Victoria University (VU).

This four-day annual competition is open to teams across Australia. It is the largest moot court competition in Australia, and has been running since 2011. Winners of this competition win prize money and usually go on to compete in international mooting competitions.

Mooting is the oldest form of legal training for law advocates. At VU, mooting competitions can be selected as an elective unit in our undergraduate law degree.

The Kirby Moot demonstrates VU’s strong industry connections. It is a fixture in the legal calendar and has strong support from the County Court of Victoria, members of the Victorian Bar, various law firms and practical legal training institutions. Law professionals are invited to judge the rounds and provide feedback to students.

Read more about VU's mooting program.

2018 Kirby Moot competition

The 8th annual Michael Kirby Contract Law moot will be held in September, 2018.

    You can take part in the Kirby Moot as a:

    • moot competitor
    • judge
    • volunteer or observer.

    Download the 2018 documents:

    Law students of Australian universities can register as moot competitors in teams of four.

    Each team is allowed to moot four times in the general rounds. Students are provided with formative feedback to help them reflect on their performance and incrementally develop the relevant advocacy skills and their overall delivery of arguments. 

    To ensure its authenticity and relevance to students’ learning, the moot problem is designed to closely resemble a real-life dispute and the moot judges are mainly practitioners.

    It is hoped that students who take this opportunity will further develop fundamental law skills including:

    • problem-solving
    • legal analysis and reasoning
    • legal research
    • factual investigation
    • communication (oral and written)
    • organisation
    • management
    • teamwork.

    Ultimately, these skills will better equip all law graduates for further study and for their future careers. Each university can register a maximum of TWO teams and it is expected that at least one coach will accompany the team(s) to Melbourne and be willing to judge some of the rounds.

    Registration

    Registration to compete in the moot competition opens on 6 July and closes 6 August. Registration costs $685+GST per team.

    Register to compete

    Key dates

    Event Date
    Competitor registration opens 6 July
    Competition problem released 9 July
    Volunteer, observer and judge registration opens 20 July
    Clarification questions* to be submitted to linda.telai@vu.edu.au 25 July
    Competitor & team members registration closes 6 August
    Memoranda for claimant submissions close 17 August
    RSVP closes for the Gala dinner 31 August
    Memoranda for respondent submissions due 3 September
    Exchange of memoranda 12 September
    Volunteer, observer and judge registration closes 20 September
    Oral hearings in Melbourne (VU's College of Law & Justice, Queen St Melbourne) 24-27 September

    *Clarifications should be limited to matters that have legal significance in the context of the moot problem. A request must also be accompanied with a short explanation of the significance of the clarification. Any request that does not contain such an explanation may be ignored. Only five clarification questions per team are allowed. Each question can have a maximum of one related sub-question.

    Contact us

    The Kirby Moot will be held at the College of Law & Justice at the City Queen Campus, Victoria University, 295 Queen St, Melbourne.

    For more information contact Linda Telai, Moot Director by email: linda.telai@vu.edu.au.