The JD competitions team for 2020 is excited to offer some fantastic opportunities for law students to get involved in competitions throughout the coming year. This year’s competitions are Negotiation, the JD Moot, and Client Interview. Competitions offer an unparalleled extra-curricular learning experience for JD students and provide a chance to expand your law school experience beyond the classroom by engaging with the law in a hands-on way. Monash JD competitions draw in legal professionals from both the private and public sectors to participate as judges and provide valuable advice and networking opportunities for competition participants.
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Prior to each competition, the JD competitions team run a ‘how-to’ workshop for all interested students. The workshops provide important background knowledge to the running of the competitions and allow students to ask questions and seek advice. The workshops will feature guest speakers who competed in the previous year’s competitions and legal professionals who provide insight into their approach and experience. Our team is always happy to have a chat about upcoming competitions and we welcome any questions that you may have throughout the year!
The ability to effectively negotiate is integral to dispute resolution, and this competition gives students the opportunity to practice this valuable skill. The competition requires teams of two solicitors to conduct a 30-40 minute negotiation with another team to settle a dispute on behalf of their respective clients, each trying to achieve the best possible outcome for the person they’re representing. This competition is unique as no specific legal knowledge is required; instead, the focus is on interpersonal skills and ability on the day. Competitors will learn to critically analyse their client’s interests and creatively explore all options and proposals available to them.
Workshop - 14th of January - 6pm
Round One (All Teams) - 21st of January - 2:30pm or 6:00pm
Round Two (All Teams) - 23rd of January - 2:30pm or 6:00pm
Semi Final - 28th of January - 6pm
Grand Final - 30th of January - 6pm
JD Moot Competition - May 2020
The Monash JD Moot is a prestigious competition for students to practice both advocacy and legal research skills. The competition replicates the moot court experience, where teams present oral submissions in front of a presiding judge. The JD Moot is not only an opportunity for aspiring advocates and barristers; Senior and Junior Counsel can be supported by an instructing solicitor proficient in legal research and problem-solving.
The competition consists of two preliminary rounds and finals, requiring competitors to investing a substantial amount of time in both planning and execution. The additional time and effort is an investment in invaluable feedback from an experienced bench of judges, and exposure to advocacy and courtroom litigation. Competitors who reach the Grand Final round will also have the unique and exhilarating opportunity to present their arguments in the Federal Court. The Monash JD Moot promises to be one of your most formative experiences in Law School.
Plan early and clear your schedule for May 2020!
Client Interview Competition - September 2020
The Client interview competition is the perfect opportunity for JD students, at any level of their law degree, to compete and learn some valuable real-life skills! In this competition, teams of two students will spend 30 minutes participating in a simulated professional first meeting with a prospective client. In particular, this is great for first year students who are wanting to get involved with competitions as it does not require extensive legal knowledge or preparation.
All you need is confidence and an open mind!
Monash LLB v JD Competition showcase - March 2020
Each year, finalists from the previous year’s competitions come together to compete in a friendly JD vs LLB showcase at the Clayton campus. The day provides an excellent opportunity for students from both courses to display the skills they have developed. The showcase runs in March 2020 and is open to spectators from both courses to observe and gain insight in the lead up to the JD Moot in July.