The mooting programme at the Auckland Law School aims to give students the opportunity to research and present a legal argument in a situation that approximates an appellate hearing. During Part III or Part IV, students are required to participate in a compulsory moot. These general moots are run once in each semester. Instead of the general moot, students may choose to do a Māori Issues moot, a Pacific Islands moot or a Family Law moot.
Sign-up for moots will take place in the first week of semester one and semester two.
The dates for the Part III/IV moots in 2017 will be as follows
(Watch the mooting noticeboard, Level 3, Bldg 801 and also in the Student Centre, Level 2, Bldg 810):
6–10 March Sign-up (in first week of semester)
17 March (6pm) COMPULSORY moot information session
20 March Moot problems collected
22 March Points of Appeal
24 March Counter Points of Appeal
31 March (12 noon) Synopsis due
1–5 May Oral argument
24–28 July Sign-up (in first week of semester)
4 August (6pm) COMPULSORY moot information session
7 August Moot problems collected
9 August Points of Appeal
11 August Counter Points of Appeal
18 August (12 noon) Synopsis due
28 August – September Oral argument
Māori Issues Moot
The Māori Issues moot is open to all students in Parts III and IV. This moot provides students the opportunity to debate in te reo Māori in a moot expressly concerning Māori issues. The winner of the Māori Issues moot is the recipient of the Gina Rutland Prize and is invited to represent the University of Auckland at the National Māori Moot Competition.
Pacific Islands Moot
The Pacific Islands moot is open to all students in Part III and IV. The moot is sponsored by the Pacific Island Lawyers Association and the winner of this moot is invited to represent Auckland at the Law and Culture Conference.
Family Law Moot
The Family Law moot, also known as the Brian Shenkin Memorial Family Law moot, is a limited-entry moot on a family law topic. Participants should have passed or be enrolled in LAWGENRL 402 or LAWGENRL 433 Family Law to participate in this moot.
The Auckland Law School does extremely well in national and international competitions. See page 41 for further details.
AULSS representatives organise the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination, the Russell McVeagh Client Interviewing Competition and the Buddle Findlay Negotiation Competition. Winners of these competitions have the opportunity to compete against other New Zealand law schools, and if successful nationally, may compete internationally. Watch the student noticeboards for information on these competitions.