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. Additionally, 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), as well as 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, available space and for most moots, competition in the Brimacombe Moot.
View the Moot Manual for complete information.