"To say that you've spoken before a bunch of different judges on an international stage is something that just instils confidence in your abilities."
Dylan Hanwell, '20 JD, member of the winning team at 2019 Commonwealth Moot
Moot Court Competitions are a tradition among Canadian law schools. They present students with the opportunity to hone their advocacy in an environment that closely replicates a real-life court room.
Participation in a competitive moot is a major opportunity to develop your skills, confidence and knowledge. Mooting offers one-on-one intensive coaching and evaluation by peers, faculty, senior lawyers and the judiciary. Final rounds of the national competitions are often judged by Supreme Court of Canada Justices. The work is tough but extremely satisfying. The competitive aspect brings out the best in participants and is a powerful networking opportunity — especially for students interested in specific practice areas. It is also a means to demonstrate the excellence of our students and our law school. Our moot success is a significant source of prestige for the University of Alberta.
The majority of competitions take the form of a traditional appellate case. Subject matter ranges from securities law to health law to constitutional and human rights law. In addition to the traditional appellate formats, there are other competitions that teach skills in areas like client counselling, criminal trial advocacy, consensus-building, and dispute-resolution.
How To Apply
Participation in a competitive moot is worth three academic credits. The program is open to second- and third-year law students. Students must apply to join a team. Participants are selected based on interest, qualification and available space. For most moots, competition in the Brimacombe Moot is a prerequisite. Ensure you review the Moot Manual before completing your Competitive Moots Application Form to see which selection process applies..
Attend the Moot Information Session in the fall, or speak to the coach specific to the moot.
You may apply to several teams, but are chosen only for one.
The application deadline for the Competitive Moot Program is shortly following the information session. Check the application form for submission details.
Registration for Law 598: Moot Court Competition occurs after selection.
Students who have mooted in the previous year are encouraged to apply again for a new moot. Except in exceptional circumstances, students cannot participate in the same moot twice. The Vice-Dean makes the final decision of whether a student can participate in the same moot twice. Permission must be given in advance of the selection process.
Brimacombe Selection Round
The Brimacombe Selection Round is held every September. The competition is open to 2L and 3L students applying to join a competitive moot team.
You can find the problem and sample factums for the Selection Round in the "Materials for the Brimacombe" sidebar.
Teams for the following moots are selected through the Brimacombe:
Alberta Court of Appeal (2Ls only)
Bennett Jones Health Law
Canadian Competition Law Moot
Davies Corporate/Securities Moot
Clinton J. Ford (3Ls only)
Donald G. H. Bowman Tax Moot
Harold Fox IP Moot
Michel Bastarache French Language Moot
Philip C Jessup International Law Moot
The winner and runner-up of the Brimacombe Moot are immortalized on the U of A Brimacombe trophy.
The competition is supervised by Brimacombe judges: Professors Peter Sankoff, Jennifer Raso, and Chris Samuel, who set the question and act as final authority respecting all questions relating to the conduct of the competition.
Applying and Mooting
Application forms are available for download in the "How to Apply" tab. Completed applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will be informed of the exact time scheduled for their moot presentation.
Each participant will present six minutes of oral argument. This includes time spent responding to questions from the judges. Additional written submissions are not accepted.
Participants shall work individually and are responsible for developing their own oral argument.
The Round will be held in the Eldon D. Foote Moot Court Room at the Faculty of Law.
Participants shall arrive at least 10 minutes before their scheduled presentation time. Because of the large number of students and very tight timelines, failure to be present when called upon will result in the participant’s removal from consideration for the competitive moot program.
Participants will be gowned during their presentation (robes will be provided).
Participants shall not observe any other presentation until their presentation is complete.
On the day of the competition, participants waiting their turn will wait outside the Moot Court Room until summoned to appear.
There is no course credit for participation in the Brimacombe.
2019 Moot Results
16th Commonwealth Moot
Leah Strand,First, Team
Dylan Hanwell, First, Team
Nate Gartke, First, Team
Leah Strand, Best Mooter of the Final Round
Alberta Court of Appeal Moot
Holly Spurrell, First, Criminal round
Jessica Swann, First, Criminal round
Bennett Jones Health Law Moot
Gillian Albert, First, Team
Aynsley Severide, First, Team
Krishen Singh, First, Team
Jay Smith-Hayward, First, Team
Clinton J. Ford Moot Court Competition
Holly McEwan, First
Camilla Zhang, First
Gale Cup Moot
Leah Strand, First, Best Oralist Final Round, Third-Best Factum
Dylan Hanwell, First, Third-best Factum
Leigh Acheson, First
Nate Gartke, First
Canadian Client Consultation Competition
Jamie Findlay, Second
Megan Harris, Second
Canadian National Negotiation Competition
Davies Canadian Corporate/Securities Moot
Alec McIlwraith-Black, Eighth-Best Oralist
Donald G.H.Bowman National Tax Moot
Harold G. Fox IP Moot
Jessup International Law Moot
Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot
Second-Best Factum, Team Win
Ben Throndson, Top 25 Oralist
MacIntyre Cup Trial Advocacy Competition
Michel Bastarache Moot Court Competition
Manraj Preet Sidhu
National Labour Arbitration Moot
Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot
Lauren Webster, Third-best Factum
Daisy (Jackelyn) Feehan, Eighth-Best Oralist
2019 Moot Sponsors: Bennett Jones LLP’ Beresh Law; Chancellor Doug Stollery, QC; Chivers Carpenter Lawyers; U of A Students' Union, whose support was enabled by a generous donation by Moody's Gartner Tax Law LLP; McCarthy Tetrault, Miller Thomson LLP; and Strikeman Elliott LLP.