APPARENTLY ON the right track with their chosen professions, law students at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) have this year won three major mooting competitions, a success rate not previously achieved in an Australian law school.
The students won the International Maritime Moot Competition held in Singapore in July this year, as well as the Sir Harry Gibbs National Moot and the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot in the US, from where the students have just returned.
UTS Dean of Law Professor David Barker said he hopes the students’ success is a “drawcard to some of the best young minds in Australia considering a career in the law”.
Students Matthew Day, Daniel Posker and Sarah Wheeler won the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot. Posker said the opportunity to participate in the US mock court case would boost his chances in finding employment and gave him first-hand experience of the different styles of advocacy here and in the US.
“The American style of advocacy is highly emotional compared with our more formal Australian style,” Posker
said. “Fortunately, our Australian team was the most broad and rounded in the legal arguments we put forward, as well as strong in advocacy, and this made us the victors.”