Mooting students out to make a point
MORE than $35,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded during the finals of the University of Southern Queensland's Secondary Schools Moot Court Competition, which is just one event to be held during USQ's jam-packed Open Day on Sunday.
St Joseph's College Toowoomba will compete against St John's Anglican College Forest Lake in a mock legal argument, judged by Justice Martin Daubney from the Supreme Court of Queensland, Judge Ian Dearden from the District Court of Queensland and Professor Reid Mortenson, head of the USQ School of Law and Justice.
Each advocate in the winning team will receive a full-year scholarship to study law at USQ, worth almost $11,000, with the runners-up to each receive a half-year scholarship.
The winning team will also share in the $1500 Turner Freeman Prize, with the best overall advocate receiving the Wilson Buckley Prize, worth $2000.
Prof Mortenson said the competition final was set to be an exciting and intense event.
"I've seen a lot of the teams argue their cases over the last few weeks during the lead-up to the finals and sometimes I need to remind myself that they're school students because their level of professionalism and expertise is highly impressive," he said.
Moot Court Competition
The finals will be held from 11am at the Q1 Theatre at USQ Toowoomba.
Other USQ Open Day events include live performances, campus tours, food stalls, fitness classes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts, Instagram challenges, student information and much more.
For more information about Open Day, visit www.usq.edu.au/study/open-day/toowoomba.