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2015 Academic Competitions

Academic competitions give you the opportunity to get some practical experience with feedback from practicing solicitors. This trimester, UNELSS is coordinating a Client Interviewing Competition and a Letter of Advice Competition, judged by UNE Alumni who are practicing as solicitors in the local area.  These competitions do not require completion of particular units or knowledge of a particular subject area, you are assessed on your ability to be able to communicate clearly and professionally with prospective clients. Because there is no particular knowledge required, we encourage all students to participate.


This competition involves pairs of competitors acting as solicitors and interviewing a client. It assesses competitors on their ability to establish and develop a relationship with clients quickly, understand the client’s situation, and extract relevant information from the client.

To Enter:

  1. Pick a partner
  2. Download and fill out the registration form and return it to lsociety@une.edu.au by 8 May 2015.
  3. You will receive a memo a week before the interview, explaining when and where your interview is, and giving you some idea as to the clients general enquiry (8 May 2015).
  4. Meet up with your partner to consider techniques,  questions to ask the client. You might like to peruse this video or this handbook to help you prepare.
  5. Show up to the interview on the 15 May 2015. We will communicate your allocated time to you closer to the date, using the email address you provide for registration.You will have half an hour to extract information from your client by building a rapport with them and asking key questions. Then you must reflect upon your interviewing techniques to the judges and tell them what the experience taught you, what you could’ve done better and where you thought you succeeded.


In this competition, you will receive a brief summary of a client’s legal problem. You are asked to formulate a letter of advice to the client communicating their legal position with respect to the issues raised in the client summary. Remember, although this is not dissimilar to a scenario question you might get in an assignment, here you will be judged on your ability to communicate with a non-legal audience in mind.

What you must do to enter;

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Download the letter of advice scenario and begin researching cases and legal criterion relevant to the scenario.
  3. Put your findings into a logical response in a letter form no more then 1500 words. This guide may be of assistance to you.
  4. Return your entry with your registration form to lsociety@une.edu.au by 4pm, 15 May 2015.


For further information contact Gemma Bryan at gbryan@myune.edu.au.

Jessup Mooting Competition

Applications are now open for the Jessup Mooting Competition.

This is a great chance to learn some valuable skills and a great networking opportunity. It’s also not bad timing in that it’s over the summer break if you have elected not to study during Trimester 3.

If you would like to get involved, please have a look at the following documentation and send an email to us at lsociety@une.edu.au.

Those based in Armidale would probably be most beneficial, though we’ve got some capacity in external delivery so please don’t let your mode of delivery stop you from giving it a go. The School of Law will provide academic and financial assistance if we are able to field a team.

Download the Competition Information Guide HERE

The 10th Anniversary Governor General’s Prize

GG Prize

2014 Letter of Advice Competition

Each year, the UNE Law Students’ Society holds an academic competition that asks competitors to write a letter of advice to a fictional client that is stuck in a fictional legal predicament. 

We are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2014 competition.  The winner will receive their name on an awesome plaque and a voucher which is TBA.

To enter:

1.  Write a response to this year’s scenario (download a copy here)
2.  Attach a registration form (available here)
3.  And either drop them in to the LSS Office on campus, or email to lsociety@une.edu.au

 Entries are due by the 25th of April

Keen to enter, but don’t know where to start?  Grab a copy of this handy Guide to Writing Letters of Advice.

Give it a go, no matter what year level or amount of knowledge.  Its great practice!

Dr Lillian Corbin Nominated for 2013 LexisNexis Lecturer of the Year

LexisNexis have just announced that UNE Law School’s very own Associate Professor Lillian Corbin has been nominated as one of the three finalists for the 2013 Lecturer of the Year.  Congratulations, Lillian!

The winner will be decided by a public vote.  UNELSS encourages everyone to get behind Lillian and vote for her here:


LexisNexis are also giving you the chance to win a $500 textbook voucher.  To be in the draw, make sure you Like their Facebook page before you vote.

Voting and competition entries are now open, and close at 9am on December 16.



Win a Double Pass to See Closed Circuit

Set against the backdrop of drastic changes to the evidence rules in Britain in the wake of 9/11, Closed Circuit is a new legal thriller starring Eric Bana.

UNELSS are pleased to announce that we are giving you a chance to win 1 of 15 double passes (details below).


You can find out more about the changes to the law, as well as a synopsis of the movie here.  In short:

In the UK, if the prosecution adduces evidence which is classified, the defendant will be appointed a Special Advocate who has clearance to deal with that evidence. However, the Special Advocate cannot contact the defendant or their council which raises the question, how can a defendant properly defend themselves if they do not have access to all of the evidence to be used against them?

The LSS have 15 double passes to give away.  To enter, email us the funniest law joke you can come up with.  Send your entry to lsociey@une.edu.au .  Entries close November 25th so get your funny on guys!

Client Interviewing Competition Winners


A Big Congratulations to Jamie Watts and Grace Quiddington, the winners of the 2013 Client Interviewing Competition!

The LSS would like to thank everyone who competed today, and made the event a great success.

We look forward to our next academic competition, the Letter of Advice, and for those looking for something a bit more social, don’t miss our upcoming Roller Disco!

Competition: Letter of Advice

Applications are now open for submissions in what will be our third academic competition of 2013- the Letter of Advice.  You can download a copy of this year’s scenario and question here:

Letter of Advice Question 2013

Entries will be judged by Elizabeth Stahlut from Legal Minds, Armidale.  The winner will receive a JB Hi-Fi voucher to the value of $50, and the eternal glory of being the first ever name on our brand new trophy.

To enter, email your submission to lsociety@une.edu.au along with a cover letter containing your name and contact details.

Entries close on August 16th– good luck!


Client Interviewing Seminar & Competition


Interviewing clients is a fundamental part of any lawyer’s role, and a vital skill for students to learn.  Last Thursday, the LSS were pleased to host Chelsea Schaefer from Moin & Associates Lawyers who kindly shared with us some tips and tricks for getting the most out of interviews.  If you weren’t able to make it, don’t worry- you can download the podcast of the seminar and the Powerpoint slides below:

Download the podcast

Client Interviewing Techniques


Keen to put your new-found interviewing skills to the test?  UNELSS will be holding a Client Interviewing Competition on Thursday, July 18 from 10-2pm.  The competition will be run in pairs and will be judged by a local practitioner from Moin and Associates. There is a prize for the winners with them each receiving a $50 voucher at the Coughing Gherkin or the Red Grape Vine!

You can register for the competition by emailing lsociety@une.edu.au or dropping in to the LSS office to complete a registration form.

Get the Latest Edition of The Fine Print

No more waiting- the latest edition of the LSS newsletter, the Fine Print is here!

In this edition:

  • All the goss from the Superhero Saga @ The ‘Stro
  • Meet the 2013 LSS Executive
  • Social Justice & Equity- Minimbah Birth Certificate Project
  • Competitions galore- Free stuff!  Glory!  Cake!*

Download your copy here:  Fine Print T1-2013

* The cake is a lie.

Posted by Jen Mitchell

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