University of Adelaide Moot Court

University of Adelaide Moot Court

Many of the Year 12 Legal Studies students have an ambition to study and work in law. One way to obtain an impression of what is involved is to engage in practical learning – the mock trial competition. To those students who wish to pursue a law and justice career, we introduce trial experience in the Year 12 Legal Studies program by entering the Law Society’s Mock Trial Competition for secondary schools. For others, it is good fun as well as being a valuable learning experience to participate.

Two rounds of this competition have been held with USC winning both their rounds. The first was conducted in the University of Adelaide Law School’s Moot Court and the other in the District Court. We have two awesome teams with one team preparing, the other on their pathway to competition success. In this way, the whole class participates. We currently sit on top of the leader board.

The students’ success comes from their keen interest and enthusiasm, and a preparedness to work up their strategy and scripts in great detail through their own time. Having asked the students about the value of their involvement, they talk about how much more they learn in an interactive exercise, how it compels them to get to know other students better and how they learn new skills relating to team work but most importantly, how it develops their confidence.

Some of this confidence also stems from the feedback of guest lecturers. University of Adelaide Law School lecturers are most generous in this regard. Through the course of the year, we invite them to undertake guest lectures in their specialty area, specifically the areas that align with the Year 12 course. As their teacher, the feedback I receive from Law School staff relates to how intellectually sharp and well prepared USC students are. The USC goal is to make their later transition into the law degree as seamless and stressfree as is possible and so hearing that in their current studies they are already well-prepared, is indeed good news.

Yvette Winter
Legal Studies Teacher

Watch a video on how USC students participate in the University of Adelaide Law School’s Moot Court>>>

University of Adelaide Moot Court

University of Adelaide Moot Court

Emerging Futures in Law

At USC we value the support of the University of Adelaide Staff in our teaching and because of their high regard for the capabilities of our Legal Studies students.

During the April School holidays our students were invited to attend the Asia region final of the international Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot. University of Adelaide Law School represented Australia and the competition was very tight. India won and they will be back in Adelaide in September for the International final. Space law is a fascinating, new and rapidly evolving area of law.

There is an elective course underway in the University of Adelaide Law degree. Opportunities for different experiences abound and our students have the enthusiasm and talent to be at the fore should they later choose a pathway in law. Not all, however, will end up wanting to be barristers representing clients in a courtroom. Usually about 25% of law graduates work in the courts while the remainder use this training for many other law and justice roles. Some will work as lawyers behind the scene instructing barristers, or use their understanding in a range of other interesting professions e.g. diplomats, forensic accountants, political leaders, corporate business roles, policy researchers and advisers, media, teaching etc. An understanding in advance, of how the legal system functions, be it to be a lawyer or for some other profession is most helpful. Enrolling in a double degree that includes law can definitely help in the competitive world of securing employment.

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In the midst of hectic Year 12 schedules, five maths students joined a workshop hosted by the University of Adelaide Maths and Science faculty, targeting and encouraging women to pursue courses and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Alicia, Amy, Emilia, Tam and Sarah spent the day listening to Professors from the University of Adelaide and four university students currently undertaking Mathematics courses. The program also included hands on activities – working with fractals on computer software was particularly eye opening to the endless possibilities maths offers. We explored the various links to other courses, such as Biology, Chemistry, Finance and Economics, which shows that studying mathematics at a Year 12 level allows for numerous career opportunities.

We’d like to thank Yvonne Stokes for hosting this event, which has encouraged us all to study mathematics further, or solidified our interest in the field. It definitely was an excellent experience that we would highly recommend to future Year 12 students.

Alicia and Amy
Mathematics Students

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Year 12 Drama students performed Antigone by Jean Anouilh last week in the University of Adelaide’s Little Theatre. Based on the famous Greek tragedy by Sophocles, Antigone details the rebellion and martyrdom of the daughter of Oedipus Rex.

Jean Anouilh was a French playwright and wrote his script in occupied France, as a pointed comment on the Nazi-controlled Vichy government. Anouilh’s Creon is much more reasonable than Sophocles’ character, and provokes the question – when is it best to compromise your own ethics for the greater good? Antigone’s sacrifice becomes more complicated in this setting, and posed questions for the cast as we explored this text through rehearsals.

With fantastic performances from all students, and arresting costume design by Year 12 student Ella, Antigone was well received and thought-provoking.

Lynn Jackson
Year 12 Drama Teacher
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The Year 12 Economics class had a most interesting visitor recently. USC Old Scholar, Ed Carlson, graduated from USC five years ago and since then has spent some years working with Google in Sydney and recently returned to Adelaide with his own tech start-up. Ed spoke to the class of the arduous process involved in […]

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To all members of the USC Community At the end of June I will leave my position and hand over the leadership to Anita Zocchi. USC Council has made a wise choice in this appointment and Anita will bring a wealth of experience in educational leadership to USC that will enable ongoing growth in the […]

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Rory Adams is a Year 11 student at USC who is making a name for himself as a singer/songwriter and a music producer. Having been very active on the Adelaide music scene for some time, he appeared as a singer in the Adelaide Fringe on 24 March 2017 at the “Live on 5″ venue at […]

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University Senior College was proud to support the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards for its inaugural ‘Create Change’ award.  Congratulations to the following three finalists who have each created a path to initiate change to improve the foundations of many communities both here and worldwide. Bryce Eldredge, 23 of Kybunga launched The Rural Network, an online community website […]

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Our entire cohort of Year 12 Economics students was recently treated to a lunchtime Economics briefing conducted by the South Australian Centre of Economic Studies (SACES).     The keynote speaker was Professor Warwick McKibbin, who addressed the issue of the possible impact on Australia of the Trump administration’s economic policies. The students had a […]

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In week 10 ‘The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS)’ at the University of Adelaide welcomed 90 University Senior College (USC) Year 11 Physics Students to visit their centre in Braggs Building and discuss the applications of their Holey Fibres in technology.   USC are working on their Science as a Human Endeavor (SHE) task, which is a […]

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