Entry and marking criteria
An invitation is sent to schools in the northern metropolitan, Bendigo and surrounding areas. This includes an expression of interest to participate form for principal endorsement. Legal studies teachers will also receive a personal call from the Law School to assist with individual enquiries. Schools are invited to enter one team per legal studies class.
This competition is funded by the La Trobe University Law School and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce. There is no registration fee, workshop cost or resources charge for students or teachers.
Professionalism and adherence to Court Protocols
- Capacity to address the court appropriately, with due recognition of court protocols
- Respect for the judge and colleagues
- Capacity to deliver oral citations correctly
- Capacity to prepare arguments for delivery within stipulated timeframes
- Capacity to handle questions from the bench.
Confidence, teamwork and persuasiveness
- Confidence in delivery
- Ability to achieve an appropriate balance between reliance on notes and maintenance of eye contact
- Persuasive delivery of arguments
- Delivery of a unified presentation with appropriate balance of teamwork.
Arguments appropriately structured
- Arguments were organised in a logical progression
- Arguments were appropriately prioritised
- Arguments were appropriately introduced by senior counsel
- Arguments were appropriately summarised by junior counsel.
Command of the law
- Ability to identify the applicable legislative and common law principles
- Ability to distinguish unfavourable cases.
- Capacity to recognise the issues which required research and identify cases which could be used or distinguished in support of their case.