How to: ACE a Legal Competition!

By Madison Halge and Abbie Still 

As a law student, you have a number of opportunities to participate in mooting competitions! From Witness Examination, to Social Justice, to Deals and to Client Interviews, comps are a great way to showcase your practical legal skills and gain experience in formal legal settings.

It’s also a great way to demonstrate interest and competence as an advocate to prospective employers. Most students find mooting to be intellectually rewarding and highly enjoyable. It can be nerve-racking and frustrating, but it is a lot of fun!

DLSS Geelong runs tons of competitions of competitions all year round! Nervous about participating? We understand, but we’re here to help you out. Our awesome Competitions team, headed up by VP Abbie Still, have provided their top 10 tips to help you succeed in a competition and take out the win! 💪


1. Be Confident!
Try to remain composed and appear confident even if you’re feeling nervous. It’s a     learning experience, so give it your best shot and fake it ’till you make it.

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 2. Know the Rules! 
Check out the specific rules and regulations for each competition. These can be found on the DLSS website! Want more detail? Check out ALSA: the Australian Law Student Association website. Here, you’ll find all the specific information regarding the rules and format of each competition.

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3. Practice, Practice, Practice!
Rehearse your presentation and practice your arguments, you can never be too prepared! This is the key to your success in a moot – practice makes perfect.

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4. Dress to Impress!
Suit up! Business attire is required for both competition heats and finals. It’ll set the scene, make you look and feel your best, as well as assist in the professionalism of your delivery.

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5. Manage your Time!
This links back to PRACTICE! All of our competitions have time limits you must abide by. Make sure you have enough time to present all of your arguments without rushing or running out of time so that you give yourself the best chance to take that win.

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6. Know your Stuff!
Preparation is key – they do say cases are won in chambers, not in court. BUT – don’t recite from a prepared script or read from your notes, know your material so that you can confidently present it.

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7. Learn BOTH Arguments!
Understand, learn and determine holes in opposing arguments! Playing devil’s advocate will help you to anticipate what your opponent may argue and allow you to prepare a rebuttal. Additionally, this will help you answer the judges questions!

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8. Keep it Simple, Sweety!
Be brief, concise and to the point. Make your argument powerful without using pretentious expressions or complicated legalese. Don’t disguise your hard work and make it difficult to understand!

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9. Seek Feedback!
There is always room for improvement! Asking the judges for feedback will enable you to learn what your strengths and weaknesses are in a courtroom, which will help you improve for your next competition and in real life cases.

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10. Relax and HAVE FUN!
Enjoy the experience! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect. All of our competitions are meant to be enjoyable, so use it as a learning experience and give it a go!

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With these tips, you’ll be a pro in no time!

Sign up to give a competition a go – you can do this 👊

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