Programs of Study
106.2 Moot Court
The Faculty of Law runs an extensive Moot Court program designed to give students experience in the preparation and presentation of cases at trial and on appeal, in interviewing and counseling clients and in Aboriginal dispute resolution contexts. Students in first-year Law are required to argue a moot case. The moot takes place in the Winter Term. Grading is based on written advocacy (factum preparation) and oral advocacy. In upper years, students may participate in the competitive mooting program. There are four main groups of competitive moots: appellate advocacy moots, a trial moot, client counseling and labour arbitration competitions, and an Aboriginal law moot. Course credit is offered for moot participation. An instructor is assigned to each moot as an advisor. Students are graded on their written and oral advocacy. Students may also participate (without credit) in the Negotiation Competition.
Students are selected for the appellate advocacy moots through either the in-house Brimacombe Selection Round or through selection processes for individual moots, held each Fall. Through the Brimacombe Selection moot, students are allocated to the moot teams based on their ranking in the moot, grades received, their preferences and restrictions on participation in the various competitive moots. The criteria for all other moots will vary depending on the moot. There are seven appellate advocacy moots: the Jessup Moot (an international law moot); the Laskin Moot (a national, bilingual moot); the Gale Cup Moot (a national moot typically in constitutional or criminal law); the Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot; the Clinton J Ford Moot (an in-house moot, open to students with a minimum of 60); the National Taxation Moot; and the Alberta Court of Appeal Moot (a competition between the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, open to students with more than 32 but less than 60).
Students are selected for Western Canada Trial Moot (a trial advocacy moot involving law schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) through the in-house Coughlan Moot, held in the Fall Term. If the team places in the top three at the Western Canada Trial Moot, the team will compete in the National Trial Moot.
Students are selected for the Client Counseling and Negotiation Competitions (international competitions under the auspices of the American Bar Association) and for the Labour Arbitration Moot through separate procedures.
Students are selected for the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot through an in-house selection process.