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International mooting success

VU's Victoria Law School is equipping graduates for success in the real world through its world-class moot program.

The international success of Victoria University's moot program is a testament to the College of Law and Justice's commitment to enhancing students' legal skills, such as advocacy, to be better equipped for practise in the real world.

Our students have many opportunities to participate in moot competitions both locally and internationally. This year the VU team finished 11th out of 290 universities (ranked third of the 12 Australian law schools) at the 2013 International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna.

This put VU in the top 5 per cent of international law schools in the competition, which included some of the world's best universities such as Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, the London School of Economics, and the University of Munster.

Our team consisted of two oralists: Mitchell Latham and Scott Smith and researcher Nathan Taylor who were coached by Vivi Tan and Robert Forrester. Mitchell Latham was awarded an honourable mention for Best Speaker, scoring above 90 per cent on average for each moot and from each of the judges he appeared before.

In 2012 our students were finalists in the Maritime Moot and were awarded a Best Speakers award.

The moot courts at our City Queen Campus give students an opportunity to simulate proceedings, draft written appellate submissions and present legal arguments.

Associate Professor Bruno Zeller started the moot program at Victoria Law School and is proud of the team's numerous successes. "Mooting has presented many opportunities for the University such as being able to attract eminent international scholars to teach in the summer program, providing students with meaningful insights into the profession."

For more information about the program and our law courses, contact Linda Telai on linda.telai@vu.edu.au

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