Paper Presentation allows individuals to demonstrate their in depth knowledge of an area of law which is of particular interest to them, by communicating their research and subsequent opinions to a panel of judges in an interesting and engaging manner.
Competitors are allowed to submit a paper that they have written specifically for the purpose of the competition or one that they have previously written. Paper presentation consists of two stages. Firstly, you must write a paper on any legal topic of your choosing. The second stage of the competition is an oral presentation about the written paper.
Written Paper Guidelines
The paper must be between 3000 and 5000 words, and can be written solely for the purpose of entering the competition or can be a paper previously written for academic purposes. Each competitor may only submit one paper. The subject of the paper is up to the competitor’s discretion as long as it covers the area of law. The paper should include footnotes, headings and a bibliography following the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3 standard, all of which are not included in the word limit. Explanatory footnotes are permitted but these will be included in the word limit.
Oral Presentation Guidelines
Following the written paper submission, the top 3 competitors will be required to deliver a fifteen minute oral presentation. The written paper must be the substantive basis of the oral presentation. After your presentation, the judge(s) will have ten minutes to question you on your paper. Equipment, such as lecterns, whiteboards and PowerPoint projection devices, are available for competitors to use.