Mooting programme

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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 2018 will be as follows

(Watch the mooting noticeboard, Level 3, Bldg 801 and also in the Student Centre, Level 2, Bldg 810):


First Semester

26 February - 2 March Sign-up (in first week of semester)

8 March (6pm) COMPULSORY moot information session

12 March Moot problems collected

14 March Points of Appeal

16 March (12 noon) Counter Points of Appeal

23 March (12 noon) Synopsis due

30 April - 4 May Oral argument


Second Semester

16 - 20 July Sign-up (in first week of semester)

26 July (6pm) COMPULSORY moot information session

30 July Moot problems collected

1 August Points of Appeal

3 August Counter Points of Appeal

10 August (12 noon) Synopsis due

20 - 24 August 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.

Mooting Competitions

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.

University of Auckland Mooting Society

Mooting is perhaps the most engaging and immersive opportunity for students to practically apply what they learn throughout their legal education. The Mooting Society hosts a variety of prestigious competitions and provides guidance for those at Law School.

In 2016 the Society had over 700 members and organised the Law School’s two biggest competitions (the John Haigh Memorial Moot and the First Year Moot). Mooting is an integral part of law school and through the Mooting Society students are able to practise and receive guidance to improve their overall grades and law school experience.

While at Law School, students must participate in moots during Part II courses and Faculty moots later on. The Mooting Society aims to provide students with a chance to practise before these compulsory moots and also offer workshops that students can attend to prepare for compulsory course or Faculty moots.

Membership to the Society is completely cost free and it takes less than one minute to sign up. Visit to sign up now!

What is mooting?

Participants, or “mooters”, take part in simulated court proceedings, which usually involves the submission of written briefs and presenting oral arguments.

The problems that participants are asked to write on explore complex legal issues, usually at an appellate level.

How can I get involved?

There are compulsory moots at law school, but doing extracurricular moots is a great way to learn more about the law and impress future employers. Any student can sign up for free by going to the website at and “like” the Society on to stay up to date with all of the Mooting Society’s events.

Mooting Opportunities

The diagram below illustrates the main mooting opportunities at the University of Auckland. Please visit the Mooting Society’s website at for a more detailed outline of the mooting opportunities at Auckland Law School. Please note that the Mooting Society also runs a “First Year Moot” to introduce to mooting those not yet admitted into Part II of Law School.

Part I and New Part IIs

Justice Sir Robert Chambers Memorial Moot 2015 was the inaugural year for the first year moot. A total of 128 students competed and $2,500 of prize money was awarded to the finalists. The moot provided an opportunity for students to practice the skills they learnt in LAW 131.

Junior Moot

This competition is aimed at new Part II law students and is the first mooting opportunity for students. The winners represent the University at the annual NZLSA conference.

Torts Moot

This is a compulsory component of the Torts course and forms part of the tutorial programme. The topic usually covers content that has been covered in lectures.

Part II + III

John Haigh Memorial Moot

This competition was established in memoriam of John Haigh QC and is the law school’s largest competition. In 2014, 32 teams competed with the final being judged by Harrison, Toogood and Moore JJ. The moot provides a valuable opportunity for students to develop their advocacy skills.

There are also significant cash prizes for the finalists. Most students that apply will be able to compete.

Compulsory Faculty Moots

Students will have the option of doing a general moot, a Māori Issues moot, a Pacific Islands moot or a Family Law moot. Students can sign up in the first week of each semester.

Part IV
Ministry of Justice Sentencing

This competition mimics a real-life sentencing trial where competitors act as defence counsel or the Crown. In the past, this competition has been run in the High Court with High Court judges. There are significant cash prizes to be won by the finalists.

Stout Shield

This is Auckland’s most prestigious mooting competition. The winners will represent Auckland nationally and in Australia.

Meredith Connell Greg Everard Memorial Moot

This moot was established in memoriam of Greg Everard and is Auckland’s other elite mooting competition. Students must have completed a compulsory Faculty or elective moot to be eligible to compete. There are large cash prizes.

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot

This competition is widely regarded as the most prestigious moot in the world and is held annually in Washington. Auckland will send a team of up to 4 students if the Stout Shield winners are successful nationally.

Other competitions

The Mooting Society and Law School are continuously looking for more international opportunities. In the past, students have also competed at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot and the World Human Rights Mooting Competition, amongst others.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

This is one of the largest moots in the world and is held in Vienna each year. In the past Auckland has sent a team of four students. Team members are generally selected based on mooting experience, GPA and a trial.