National High School Mooting Competition

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The Bond University Faculty of Law conducts one of Australia’s oldest high school mooting competitions. The national competition brings together schools from every state and territory who battle it out in front of real judges, barristers and members of the legal profession and academe.

What is the National High School Mooting Competition?

The National High School Mooting Competition is an event for Year 11 and 12 students to develop their advocacy skills in a competitive environment. Each year approximately 80 of Australia’s most prominent schools participate in an intense competition held over a fortnight.

Invitations to participate in the following year's National High School Mooting Competition are sent to schools in November with a request to register their interest in nominating a team of students to participate.

The 2018 National High School Mooting Competition will be held from 8 May to 19 May. The Grand Finals will take place on 2 June.

Read More Frequently Asked Questions

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have to appearing in court. The contest is decided by assessing the advocacy skills of the participants, rather than on the merits of the case.

Bond University is honoured to be able to offer the Judge John Newton Mooting Scholarships each year. Three scholarships of 50% tuition fee waiver are available to students who have competed previously in the National High School Mooting Competition and who wish to study law at Bond. Read more

Bond University has committed significant financial and learning support to schools and teachers/coaches to make the National High School Mooting Competition a learning experience without parallel. Learn more about the financial and learning support Bond provides to participating schools. Read more

For those schools who are not part of the Bond Collegiate School Program who wish to obtain further details, please contact the Office of Future Students on 1800 074 074 who will direct your enquiry to the Schools and Community Manager responsible for your region.

Mooting Toolkit

The Mooting Toolkit is a resource centre which includes a series of videos to help moot teams prepare throughout the High School Mooting Competition. Bond Law students and academics have created the Toolkit to give you a look into the world of mooting.

The word “moot” can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon era of British history when a “moot” was the meeting of prominent figures and nobles from the local society to discuss matters of regional importance.

Previous Winners

The Bond University National High School Mooting Competition was established in 1989 and has grown rapidly, with approximately 80 high schools from across Australia participating in the annual event.

Scotch College at the 2017 National High School Mooting Competition.

Winners

Scotch College Melbourne.

Runners-Up

St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace.

Winners

Brisbane Grammar School.

Winners

Kingaroy State High School.

Winners

Brisbane State High School.

Winners

St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace.

Winners

St. John Paul College - Coffs Harbour.

2011 Winners: Seymour College, Adelaide.

2010 Winners: Seymour College, Adelaide.

2009 Winners: Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School, Malaysia.

2008 Winners: Brighton Grammar School, Melbourne.

2007 Winners: Brauer Secondary College, Warrnabool, Victoria.

2006 Winners: St Aloysius College, Sydney.

2005 Winners: Marist College, Canberra.

2004 Winners: St Hilda's School, Gold Coast.

2003 Winners: Somerset College, Gold Coast.

2002 Winners: Newington, College, Sydney.

2001 Winners: Glenunga International High School, Adelaide.

2000 Winners: Seymour College, Adelaide.

1999 Winners: St Ignatius College, Riverview NSW.

1998 Winners: The King's School, Sydney.

1997 Winners: The King's School, Sydney.

1996 Winners: Brauer Secondary College, Warrnabool, Victoria.

1995 Winners: Brisbane State High School, Brisbane.

1994 Winners: Marymount College, Gold Coast.

1993 Winners: The King's School, Sydney.

1992 Winners: Stuartholme School, Brisbane.

1991 Winners: Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba.

1990 Winners: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Gold Coast.

1989 Winners: The Southport School, Gold Coast.