Mooting programme

The aim of the mooting programme is to give students the opportunity to research and present a legal argument in a situation that approximates an appellate hearing.


During their Part III or Part IV years students participate in a compulsory moot. These general moots are run once in each semester. Instead of the general moot students may do a Māori Issues moot or a Family Law moot.

Watch the 2008 annual contest for the Stout Shield, symbol of mooting supremacy at The University of Auckland Law School

Sign-up for moots will take place in the first week of semester one and semester two. You will have the option of doing a general moot, a Maori Issues moot, a Pacific Islands moot or a Family Law moot. Please note that in 2013 the first of the two compulsory moot lectures will be held at 6 pm on the first Friday of each semester.


Mooting Competitions

Stout Shield

The Stout Shield Mooting Competition is incorporated into the Advocacy Course. Four finalists compete in the final at a formal hearing in the High Court before a High Court Judge.

Brian Shenkin Memorial Family Law Moot

The Shenkin moot is a competitive moot on a family law topic. In 2009 the Family Law moots will be combined with the Shenkin Memorial Moot. Students may opt to participate in the Family Law moot as an alternative to the other general mooting options. Participants should have passed or be enrolled in LAW 426 Family Law. Places are limited in this moot. Please watch the Moot Noticeboard for signup dates and instructions.

Greg Everard Memorial Moot

The Greg Everard Memorial Moot will be held in Semester 2. Entrants must have already participated in one of the Faculty’s moots, including moots offered in the elective courses. Past winners of the Greg Everard Memorial Moot are not able to participate for a second time.