Judge the Law Society of Western Australia's Mock Trial Competition

 

WHAT IS THE LAW SOCIETY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION? 

The Law Society of Western Australia coordinates an inter-school Mock Trial Competition each year for students enrolled in Years 10, 11 and 12.

The Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law. It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and in the development and presentation of a persuasive argument.

 

HOW CAN JURIS DOCTOR STUDENTS AT UWA GET INVOLVED?

The Law Society of Western Australia seeks volunteer judges to preside over each round of the competition. These volunteers range from senior legal practitioners to senior law students.

 

WHAT DOES JUDGING INVOLVE?

Judges are provided with all necessary materials, including the case materials, a marking rubric, and quick-reference guide to the rules of the competition and modified rules of evidence.

Volunteering allows judges to give back to the community, consolidate their knowledge of trial processes, improve their own advocacy skills, and network with practitioner judges. 

Student judges can co-judge alongside an experienced judge to learn how the case is judged.

After that, if students feel confident enough, they can have a go at judging another trial (with the same case materials) independently. 

 

WHEN? 

The Law Society is seeking volunteers for Round 2 of the Competition, to be held at 6pm on the following dates:

  • Mon 7 May
  • Tue 8 May
  • Wed 9 May
  • Thu 10 May
  • Mon 14 May
  • Tue 15 May
  • Thu 17 May
  • Mon 21 May
  • Tue 22 May
  • Wed 23 May
  • Thu 24 May 

Student judges may participate in one or more of these dates, depending on their interest and availability.

Round 3 of the competition will take place from 11 – 28 June.

 

INTERESTED? 

Contact Annie Warburton, Mock Trial Coordinator:

awarburton@lawsocietywa.asn.au