Notre Dame Law School claims top honours in national competition

Professor Philip Evans, Professor Joan Squelch, Alastair Henderson,
Andrew Weston, Nick Summers and Andrew Oud.

11 October 2017

University of Notre Dame Law students have again outclassed some of the top law schools in the country, winning the annual National Mooting Competition in Sydney on 5 October – for the third time in the past ten years.

The team of three from Notre Dame outscored opponents from the University of Wollongong in the Grand Final after narrowly defeating teams from the University of Melbourne and University of Tasmania in hotly contested finals.

Organised by the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), teams are required to prepare arguments on a variety of complex issues including social security, veterans’ affairs and immigration and then go head-to-head with their opponents before a panel comprising senior members of the AAT in oral presentations – mirroring a real-life courtroom environment.

Notre Dame’s team, comprising final year Law students Andrew Weston, Alastair Henderson and Andrew Oud, took out the WA State title in August before taking on the winners from Victoria and Tasmania and finally the University of Wollongong, NSW.

“Winning a national mooting competition is an outstanding achievement when you consider that Australia’s top law schools are involved,” Professor Doug Hodgson, Dean of the School of Law, Fremantle, said.

“It reflects the emphasis of Notre Dame’s School of Law on the tuition of practical legal skills including advocacy and the drafting of submissions. Together with our outstanding Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and Good Universities Guide results, this outcome highlights the positive ways in which the Fremantle Law School is preparing students for a legal career.”

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