National and Regional Moot Court Competitions are a tradition among Canadian Law schools.
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. Many of the national competitions are even judged by Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada. The work is tough but extremely satisfying. The competitive aspect brings out the best in participants. Mooting is also a powerful networking opportunity - especially for students interested in specific practice areas. Additionally, it is a means to demonstrate the excellence of our students and our school, and a significant source of prestige for both. The 2017-18 academic year was a tremendous success for the University of Alberta moot program, as we captured national titles in the Wilson Moot, the Gale Cup Moot, and the Bowman National Tax Moot.
The majority of competitions take the form of a traditional appellate case. Subject matter ranges from labour arbitration to health law to constitutional and human rights law. In addition to those traditional formats, there are six competitions in non-traditional formats, including a national client counselling competition, a criminal trial competition (the Sopinka Cup), and a national Aboriginal law event which engages First Nations issues and dispute resolution principles. Detailed information on all of the competitions can be located in the Moot Manual.
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. The application form is located on the "Links" portion of this page.
Please attend the Competitive Moot Information Session on September 11th, 2018 at 12:00pm (Room LC 231), for more information. Ensure you review the Moot Manual before completing your application package.
Application packages are due on September 19, 2018 at noon.