CQUniversity's School of Business and Law held its mooting and debating competition at the Mackay Court House earlier this month.
Law students and Mackay legal practitioners' including Marcus Hahn' mentored local high school students who mooted a criminal law scenario and debated sentencing reforms before Magistrate Damian Dwyer and CQU Law Lecturer Lance Rundle.
Mr Rundle said the competition had become an annual event between CQUniversity' Mackay high school students and Mackay legal practitioners' providing high school students with a great opportunity.
"These high schoolers are given a fabulous opportunity to be mentored by CQU law students and legal practitioners who have the research skills and knowledge to assist students in the competition'" Mr Rundle said.
Mr Rundle explained that once in court' the students mooted and debated just as they would if they were lawyers in a real courtroom' taking questions from the bench and responding.
"It is a great opportunity for high school students to experience life in a courtroom and to develop their legal advocacy skills which will assist them as they embark on further study in law or a career as a legal practitioner."