Andrew Dowling, VU student, Bachelor of Laws

The law degree at Victoria University is unlike a law degree at other universities. Students are presented with a large range of opportunities with respect to the programs at the courts and even through mooting.

Simon E Marks QC, Barrister, VU Michael Kirby Moot Competition Judge

Mooting is an opportunity to present all of the skills that you utilise as a lawyer. And after all, students are there in the vast majority of cases to acquire those skills. So it’s about picking up the facts that you’re given, the law that applies and then creating a case theory and a case for your clients that represents best its interests. That’s the beauty of the mooting process. It gives you an opportunity as a student to do that, to practice that, to see how others do it. 

Michael D Wyles QC, Barrister, VU Michael Kirby Moot Competition Judge

To focus upon examples taken from real life and then to work out how you would present the argument in a court, I think that’s a wonderful opportunity for them.

Andrew Dowling, VU student, Bachelor of Laws

To have exposure to senior judges, senior barristers, even those who start in mooting with relatively little to no public speaking experience go through this very steep learning curve of advocacy through the mooting program. I credit in large part my ability to obtain employment in my graduate year which begins next year, to mooting. It’s certainly something that employers value.

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