Applications are now open to all MLS students join the MLS Jessup Moot Team for 2014-2015.
Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
Participation in the Jessup moot provides students with a rare opportunity to become almost completely acquainted with a particular area of international law, and to make arguments that push its boundaries. It also involves intense and unparalleled training in mooting, in front of law school academics, international law experts and Victorian solicitors and barristers, many of whom have previously competed in the Jessup moot themselves.
It's hard to overstate both how much work is involved in preparing for the competition and how rewarding it can be. If selected, former participants will tell you stories of sleepovers in the library, researching on Boxing Day, horrendous international law puns, record levels of library fines and getting to know four other people far too well. You'll laugh, you'll probably cry, but you won't regret it.
If you're interested, come along to an Information Session on Wednesday 14 May at 1pm in rm 109.
[Doug Porteous was one of two coaches for the 2013-14 Jessup team]