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Friday, March 10th, 2017

Bond Law mooting team competes in state and national pre-moots

The 2017 Bond University Vis (East) Moot team competed in the Queensland round of the CIArb Australia Vis Pre-Moot in Brisbane on 16 February 2017, and as winners of that round progressed to the national round of the CIArb Australia Vis Pre-Moot in Melbourne held on March 1, 2017.

Bond Law mooting team competes in state and national pre-moots

The 2016–2017 Bond University team (Photo credit: Bond University)

Although Australian pre-moots have been held for a number of years, it is the first time that the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators have become involved in the pre-moot competition. It is also the first time that Bond University participated. Pre-moots are an important part of the Vis moot competition, and pre-moots are held all over the world.

The Vis moot competition is the second largest moot competition in the world, and has two ‘sister’ moots—the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Vienna, and the Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Hong Kong. In 2016, more than 350 teams from all over the world participated in the Vienna moot, and 115 in the Hong Kong moot. The Vis (East) moot is now in its 14th year, and the Vis Vienna moot in its 24th year.

Bond University has participated in the Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition since 2009, and has won three of the major awards in the competition since 2011. In 2011, the Bond team won the David Hunter Award for the Team that prevails in Oral Arguments. In 2012 the Bond team won the Eric Bergsten Award for the Best Claimant Memorandum, and in 2015, Lachlan Hopwood, a Bond team member won the Neil Kaplan Award for Best Oralist.

The moot problems set for this competition always deal with matters relating to international commercial dispute resolution through arbitration, and they always involve the application of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods. The issues in the problem this year are very interesting, and include the question as to whether an order for security for costs should be granted against the party bringing the matter to arbitration. Another issue is whether a vaguely worded hand-written addendum to an agreement can have the effect of including a fixed exchange rate clause into the original agreement where there was no express regulation of the exchange rate in the original agreement.

The 2016-2017 Bond University team is a diverse team with two Canadian Juris Doctor students, Moira McAvoy and Blake Thomas, and two Australian LLB-combined degree students, Stephanie Centorame and Makaela Fehlhaber. They are coached by the Director of Mooting, Assistant Professor Louise Parsons. The student coach, Jeremy Butcher, was the runner-up in the Neil Kaplan Award for the Best Oralist in the Vis (East) moot in 2016.

The team will head off to Hong Kong at the end of March 2017 where they will compete against 125 other teams from all over the world.

About Mooting

Mooting is a simulated court proceeding where student teams are presented with a legal problem which they are required to argue before a “judge” or panel of “judges.” Through their preparation and presentation of each case, students show an understanding of the relevant law and how it should be applied in their client’s case.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years (over 6 semesters)
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Bond JD program. In common with most other Australian universities, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Bond Law mooting team scores an international first

Bond University has become the first international law school to enter a team in Canada’s prestigious Wilson Moot.

Juris Doctor students Matthew Rendely and Luke Godin, along with Bachelor of Laws student Ashley Rooney jetted off to Ontario late last month to compete against Canada’s top law schools in Toronto’s Federal Court Facility.

The (fictional) case in question illustrated a complex point of law concerning the adoption of aboriginal children by non-aboriginal parents and the protection of the rights of aboriginal parents and children in private adoptions.

“The problem involved a crossover between British Columbia’s Adoption Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, so our team members have been immersed in Canadian constitutional law issues for the past three months preparing their written and oral arguments,” said team coach and Bond Law Senior Teaching Fellow, Lisa Bonin.

“Thanks to technology, it’s reasonably easy to access most resources electronically these days, but there were still some documents we weren’t able to track down.”

The Wilson Moot is held annually in honour of the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, the late Justice Bertha Wilson, and focuses on constitutional issues concerning women and minorities.

“It has a reputation for being a highly competitive and challenging moot, presenting cases just as complex as you would find in an international moot,” said Ms Bonin.

“As such, we saw it as an ideal testing ground for Bond’s Canadian Law students.”

Bond University’s Faculty of Law has carved a unique niche for itself by offering specialist Canadian Law subjects taught by Canadian educated and experienced academics, such as Lisa Bonin who worked for several years as a litigator with top-tier Canadian law firm, McCarthy Tétrault.

With competition for places at Canadian law schools at a premium, the move has been extremely successful for the Gold Coast university: Canadian students now make up around one-fifth of Bond’s Law faculty, with upwards of 150 on campus at any one time.

“Our involvement in the Wilson Moot has been an invaluable opportunity for our Canadian students to test their advocacy skills and adjust to the way cases are argued in Canada,” said Ms Bonin.

“Around one hundred judges, lawyers and law students are involved in managing and hosting the competition so it’s also an excellent showcase for Bond Law’s Canadian program and our Canadian students.”

During their week in Toronto, the Bond team visited several top-notch law firms to conduct practice rounds and attended social networking events with the presiding Judges, legal practitioners and other participants.

“Whilst we didn’t finish at the top of the leader board on our first Wilson Moot outing, the whole experience was a big win for the students involved in terms of making excellent contacts,” said Ms Bonin.

Participation in the Wilson Moot is just one example of the wide range of mooting opportunities available to Bond Law students.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: May 2014
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program, particularly if you are seeking entry for a September intake.

Apply now to Bond University Law School Juris Doctor program!

Bond University 25th Anniversary Scholarships

The Bond University 25th Anniversary Scholarships have been created as a celebration of the university’s commitment to fostering the development of students from around the globe for the last 25 years. These scholarships are valued at 25% off the tuition fees for any single undergraduate degree program or a master’s coursework degree program.

For instance, Canadian students interested in beginning either the Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws programs for the 2014 intake at Bond University Law School are eligible for the Bond 25th Anniversary Scholarships!

All scholarships must be accepted and used in September 2014 and offers cannot be deferred beyond that semester.

If you are an OzTREKK student who has already submitted an application via OzTREKK to Bond University to begin study in September 2014, your Admissions Officer will be in touch with you to advise you of the documentation you may submit to be considered for one of Bond’s 25th Anniversary Scholarships.

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Learn more about Bond University Law School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information about how to apply to Bond University’s scholarships.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Bond Law School students take out another international moot accolade

Bond Law School has added to its impressive track record in international mooting competitions by taking out the prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University Intellectual Property Law Moot.

The win adds to a remarkable string of moot competition victories over the past three years, further enhancing Bond University’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading law schools.

In 2011, Bond Law School students won three major awards in the space of two months, and followed this in 2012 with a win in the D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, and two local moot wins in Queensland and Victoria.

The two students – Marryum Kahloon and Caroline Karlsson – have recently returned to Australia from Beijing with their winner’s plaque.

The team coach and Director of Mooting, Bond Law Assistant Professor Joel Butler, also went to Beijing with the students. He said this win, on top of the university’s track record, demonstrated that Bond was extremely competitive, mooting at the highest international levels.

Mooting, which simulates courtroom conditions in the presentation of a legal argument, is a stern test of students’ advocacy skills in national and international competitions,” said Mr Butler.

“It involves a lot of hard work and effort, and the results are testimony to the commitment that the students have brought to this demanding discipline,” the Bond Law School assistant professor said. He also added that mooting helps to instill confidence, discipline and team work, and provides the students with a wealth of experience in courtroom conditions.

Mr Butler said the outcomes of recent national and international mooting competitions also showed one of the benefits of a Bond Law School degree.

Bond University encourages and assists students to participate and meets the costs of taking part in such mooting competitions,” he said.

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Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program.  Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Bond JD program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the Bond JD program.

In common with most other Australian universities, Bond University Law School does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

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For more information about law school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Law Schools in Australia page. If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com or by calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law programs at Australian universities.

 

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Bond law students place third at The Hague

A team of Bond University law students have placed third in the international rounds of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition out of 37 teams from 27 countries around the globe.

The annual event is held at The Hague in the Netherlands after qualifying rounds nationally. (The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State.) After months of hard work, research and preparation, Bond Law students Amelia Richardson, Lucy Hopkinson, Rupert Holder, Amy Reid and Nick Coundouris finished closely behind the Netherland’s Leiden University who took out First Place and Canada’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

The Bond University Law School Mooting Team found the entire experience positive and getting to moot in the ICC courtroom in front of an ICC judge was a highlight.

Bond Law School Coach Assistant Professor Jodie O’Leary added, “I am immensely proud of the team. Having had the pleasure of watching them in action, I have no doubt they will excel in their future careers.”

Director of Mooting at Bond Law School, Joel Butler said, ‘This year’s ICC team’s work was outstanding. A number of guest judges commented that they were among teams where ‘no criticism could be levelled’ in their final moots’.”

The students are now enjoying a well-earned break and are continuing their travels around Europe.

Bond University Law School

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

For all applicants, demonstrated competency in core subject areas is required.  This includes four Canadian-specific subjects required by the NCA and are offered at Bond Law as elective subjects:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure

Apply now to the Bond University Law School JD program!

Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program.  Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Bond JD program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the Bond JD program.

In common with most other Australian universities, Bond University Law School does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

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For more information about law school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Law Schools in Australia page. If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com or by calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law programs at Australian universities.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Bond University mooting videos break down barriers for rookies

Bond University is proving that fostering a love of mooting is certainly not a moot point.

The Bond’s law school is providing a breakdown of mooting, taking to YouTube in an effort to take the mystery out of the rigorous competition. Bond University has posted numerous videos outlining an introduction and key strategies to mooting. Originally completed as explanations for the Australian high school mooting competition, the Bond University Law School videos showcase Bond as a leader in mooting. Indeed, the university has a strong reputation on the international mooting stage, with Bond winning an average of two competitions a year, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition in 2011, and the D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition in 2012.

Mooting is a simulated court proceeding where student teams are presented with a legal problem which they are required to argue before a “judge” or panel of “judges.” Through their preparation and presentation of each case, students show an understanding of the relevant law and how it should be applied in their client’s case.

Bond’s videos are narrated by law students, as well as by Joe Crowley who is an Australian Barrister and Bond University moot team coach with international wins under his belt. In addition, some videos include excerpts from students who have mooted nationally and internationally, to give a personal account of what is needed to win. The students give tips and share their own experiences, including how to prepare for competition through research.

All of Bond University’s mooting videos drive home the fact that confidence is key to mooting, achieved through practice and solid, researched arguments. Speaking conversationally to the judge is also important, as the exercise is essentially meant to force students to prepare for the inevitable situation of advocating on behalf of a client, persuading a judge that their submissions are correct, while their opponents’ are not, Bond’s mooting tutorials state.

Bond University’s videos break down the basics of mooting, providing a comprehensive toolkit for newcomers to the mooting arena. The law school videos include the structure of a moot; preparing to present your moot; researching your moot; the student mooting experience; how to practice for your moot; appropriate appearance, as well as a short introduction from the Dean, to familiarize students with the tools available to them.

OzTREKK took a tour of the Bond University Moot Court a few years ago! It’s one of the most high-tech courtrooms in Australia, even featuring video conferencing abilities, so students can engage in moots with schools around the world. Check out the tour online by clicking here to visit youtube.com/oztrekk.

This article first appeared in the April 2013 edition of The OzTREKKER!

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