Competitive Moot Program

With all respect to the academic method, this experience has taught me more about the realities of practice than any class ever could. While it was a lot of work and stress sandwiched into a few short weeks, I feel like I have gleaned a general understanding of the practice of labour law, and have learned some valuable lessons about legal research and advocacy – Avril Fisher, U of A, member of the 2013 winning team of the Canadian Labour Arbitration Moot

National and Regional Moot Court Competitions are a tradition among Canadian Law schools.

Participation in a competitive moot is a major opportunity to develop skills, confidence and knowledge. Mooting offers one-on-one intensive coaching and evaluation by peers, faculty, senior lawyers and the bench – up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. The work is tough and 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. It is a means to demonstrate the excellence of our students and our school, and a significant source of prestige for both.

Competitions include traditional appeal formats such as the Gale Cup, the Bennett Jones Health Law Competition and the Clinton J. Ford Competition. There are two competitions involving both official languages: the Laskin and the Wilson. Subject matter ranges from labour arbitration to health law to constitutional and human rights law. There is a national client counselling competition, a criminal trial competition (the Sopinka Cup). There is a national aboriginal law event which engages First Nations issues and dispute resolution principles.

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 and for most moots, competition in the Brimacombe Moot, scheduled for October 3, 2014.

Click on the Moot Manual for complete information.