A lot of hard work. Just as an Olympic athlete will never win a medal without training, training, training, a moot team can’t expect to win a competition without practice, practice, practice. Our mooting teams at Bond have a strong commitment to the task at hand and will practice dozens of times – if not more – before a competition.
Good speaking skills. While it helps if you are naturally loquacious and a skilled speaker, you will get plenty of training in oral presentation.
A serious commitment of time. Bond is a competitive mooting university and team members are expected to devote 100% of their efforts to competition preparation. For most domestic moots, your preparation will stretch across at least one semester and for international moots, it could be two semesters. You can also expect to be putting in long hours in the weeks leading up to the memorial submission deadlines. As such, many students opt to take a reduced subject load during the semester of their competition, with some even dropping down to no subjects.
Excellent people skills. Mooting is intellectually, psychologically, physically and personally challenging. It is the ultimate team sport and involves spending many, many hours with your teammates. If you can’t get on with people, mooting is probably not for you!
For some moots – such as the major international Jessup and Vis East moots – there are particular subjects that are pre-requisites or co-requisites, even if you are studying them during the competition semester. However, while it obviously helps to have done the Administrative Law subject if you are going to apply for an administrative law moot, it is not necessarily a requirement. Bond has won several moots and plenty of awards where not one team member has done the substantive subject of the moot (and they will usually go on to top the course when they do finally do it). What is essential is that you have an interest in that particular area of law: you will not survive the hundreds of hours of work involved if you really don’t like the subject.
For most domestic moots, such as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Shine Lawyers Torts Moot, you will be working solidly for a semester. For a big international moot, you will probably be working over two semesters. And if you happen to win the national Jessup moot and qualify for the finals in Washington, you’ll be working across three semesters. As mentioned above, most moot team members reduce their subject load or drop down to no subjects during the semester of competition. You may also find it difficult to maintain a serious part-time job … and you can say good-bye to your social life!
There is strong competition for places on Bond’s mooting teams so having some mooting experience is obviously helpful. We suggest that any students interested in competitive mooting participate in the Law Students’ Association’s Brian Orr Competition which is held in the first semester of each year. You can then progress to the try-out moots for the less demanding domestic moots and gradually build up experience as your degree progresses. For the bigger competitions such as the Jessup and ICC moots, the chosen team members will generally have proven themselves in the national competitions.
Yes, but they must still maintain a full-time study load to meet visa requirements. It's always best to speak with your Program Advisor prior to committing to a moot team.