Competitions open to students: general information

The LEC actively encourages and facilitates students’ participation in competitions both in Australia and overseas.

Since 1998 teams entered by the Law Extension Committee have participated in competitions that emphasise the fundamental skills of the practitioner.

  • interviewing;
  • negotiating;
  • researching and
  • submission preparation.

While we do not have the resources to run full internal competitions, Diploma in Law students who are willing to devote the time and accept responsibility for their participation are assisted through coaching, preliminary selection and competition registration. Assistance may be provided with travel expenses to the site of overseas competitions.

Our students have reached the finals of both the Australian Client Interviewing Competition and, on two occasions, the Australian Negotiation Competition. In 1998 two of our students, Arlene Cooper and Ian Taylor, represented Australia and won the inaugural International Negotiation Competition, held at Pepperdine University, Los Angeles.

In 2004, Patricia Vagg and Peter Starkey won the national Negotiation Competition and went on to represent Australia at the
International Negotiation Competition, held in Paris and won by the Danish team from the University of Copenhagen.

Other teams have competed in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. An intensive introduction to the world of international arbitration, the Vis Moot attracts well over one hundred teams annually to Vienna. In 2003, in recognition of the high quality of her advocacy, Lucy Pal received an Honourable Mention in the competition for the Martin Domke Award at the Vis Moot. In 2011, Shane Lawrie was similarly recognised. The 2011 team finished with a high placing in the top half of the competition.

In 2005, the LEC Team of Rebecca Nott and Scott Bunny reached the semi-final of the inaugural Madhavrao Scindia Memorial International Moot held at the University of Delhi.

In April 2007, the Law Extension Committee organised and hosted the prestigious Louis M Brown International Client Counseling Competition for 2007. The event was held at the University of Sydney and contested by teams from 16 countries.

In 2008, students competed in the Australian Law Students Association annual competitions in Client Interviewing and Negotiation.

In January 2010, Shehara Viswanathan, Shane Lawrie, Peter O'Brien and Jane Waddell represented us in the 13th Annual M.M. Singhvi Memorial International Moot Court Competition at the National Law University, Jodhpur, India.

Expressions of interest are sought through the Law Extension Committee Webcampus when we are able to take part in a competition. The cost in time, effort and money can be considerable, but the result is not the outcome of the competition, it is the skill and experience gained.

Further information on the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is available through: