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.

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.

Compulsory Faculty Moots

While at Law School, students must participate in a compulsory moot during part III or IV of their degree to complete the requirements of the LLB programme.

Students will have the option of doing a General moot, a Māori Issues moot, a Pacific Islands moot or a Family Law moot. Sign ups generally take place during the first week of semesters 1 and 2.

General moot

Sign-up for the General Moot in 2020 will take place in week three of Semester One and week one of Semester Two.

The dates for the General Moot in 2020 will be as follows (watch out for Canvas announcements):

First Semester

  • 16-20 March - Sign-up
  • 26 March - Information Session
  • 30 March - Moot problems collected
  • 1 April - Points of Appeal due
  • 3 April - Counter Points of Appeal due
  • 9 April - Synopsis due
  • 4-8 May - Oral argument

Second Semester

  • 27-31 July - Sign-up
  • 10 August - Moot problems collected
  • 12 August - Points of Appeal due
  • 14 August - Counter Points of Appeal due
  • 20 August - Synopsis due
  • 31 August-4 September - Oral argument

Māori Issues moot

The Māori Issues moot is open to all students in Parts III and IV in semester 2. This moot provides students the opportunity to argue on points of law expressly concerning Māori issues. Participants may moot in te reo Māori or English.  

The winner of the Māori Issues moot is the recipient of the Gina Rudland Prize. The highest placed mooter of Māori ethnicity, who is a member of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (New Zealand Māori Law Society), is invited to represent the University of Auckland at the National Māori Issues Moot Competition.

Pacific Issues moot

The Pacific Issues moot is open to all students in Part III and IV. The moot is sponsored by the Pacific Lawyers Association and the winner of this moot (or distinguished mooters) may be 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.

University of Auckland Mooting Society

Mooting is perhaps one of 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 2017 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 free and it takes less than one minute to sign up.

Have a look: University of Auckland Mooting Society.

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 Mooting Society’s website, and visit the Facebook
page to stay up to date with all of the events.

Visit us: The Mooting Society on Facebook.

Optional mooting competitions

The Auckland Law School does extremely well in national and international competitions. 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.

Mooting opportunities

Please visit the Mooting Society’s website 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. 

Part II and 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.

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.

Stout is also open to Part III students who have completed all their Part II courses.

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 four 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.

2019 Staff administrators for competitions and moots

Brian Shenkin Family Law Moot Mark Henaghan
Faculty Adviser for Student Competitions Scott Optican
General Mooting Convenor Bronwyn Davies
Greg Everard Moot (Mooting Society) Scott Optican (academic contact)
Māori Issues Moot Grace Abbott/Kathryn Arona
Pacific Issues Moot Treasa Dunworth/Manēsina Māhina
Stout Shield Moot Bronwyn Davies