ABOUT COMPETITIVE MOOTS
Moots are simulated court proceedings where students carry out the work of counsel in an appeal, trial or arbitration. Students from the Peter A. Allard School of Law (“Allard Law”) work together as a team and compete against teams from other schools. The benefits of mooting include intensive training in written and oral advocacy before judges, practitioners and academics, the opportunity to work with other students, and the chance to meet law students from other universities. Positions on moot teams are highly sought after by students, and professors and counsel participate enthusiastically as advisors, consultants and coaches.
Historically, our students have done well in these competitions, and the Faculty works hard to ensure that the standard of performance remains high. Students who have an interest in acquiring instruction and training in advocacy and or other related skills are encouraged to apply. However, please keep in mind that significant time commitment and motivation are required. Further, students may wish to participate in a moot in third year rather than second year. An overview of the competitions is provided below.
The Harold G. Fox (Canadian Intellectual Property) Moot, Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law Moot, and VIS International Commercial Arbitration are not offered for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Many of the moots may be held virtually in 2021-2022. Our experience in 2020-2021 was that moot students generally found that they gained most or all the benefits of mooting in virtual competitions, and also learned important virtual submission skills which are likely to be a very significant part of legal proceedings post COVID-19.
CREDITS FOR COMPETITVE MOOTS
Successfully completing a competitive moot fulfills the JD Experiential Learning Requirement and competitive moots counts toward the Experiential Learning Credit Limit.
Students normally receive up to five credits for moot participation, in some cases by supplementing the credits obtained through taking a concurrent course. For example, students who participate in the Peter Burns Moot are also enrolled in Law 474 (Trial Advocacy), for which they receive three credits; for their moot participation, they receive two additional credits. The students who go on from the Peter Burns Criminal Law Moot to the Western Canada Regional Trial Moot competition (and thus potentially compete for the Sopinka Cup) receive two additional credits. For more information on earning credits for moot participation, please see below.
An overview of the competitions is provided below. However, please keep in mind that moots may vary from this list in any given year, according to the availability of faculty advisors and funding.
- No later than 11:59pm (PST) on April 11, 2021, each student must complete the online application form which sets out your moot preferences and contact information. Please only submit the application form once. Students are limited to a maximum of three moot preferences.
- No later than 11:59pm (PST) on April 11, 2021, each student must upload a video in the secure UBC Canvas portal.
Please record a video of yourself – in four minutes or less – speaking on one of the following two topics:
- I think that law school tuition should or should not be made free; OR
- I think that the first-year curriculum at La Law should or should not be changed.
This is not a research project. Please just prepare your own thoughts on one of these two topics. Please do not spend too much time on this. Moot coaches just want to get a sense of your speaking style.
- Record your video using your phone, iPad, laptop, or any other device with recording capabilities.
- Follow the instruction in Canvas for uploading your video.
- Please do not edit your video or start and stop your video – all videos are to be recorded in one take.
- If you sent in this video last year, you are welcome to send it in again or record a new one.
Note: Only Moot Coaches will be able to view your videos in Canvas. Other students will not.
If, after reading the instructions on Canvas, you have further questions or are having difficulties uploading your video, please email Barbara Wang, Manager, Student Experience at email@example.com.
Please note that the Kawaskimhon Moot has a separate selection process. If you have questions about the Kawaskimhon Moot specifically, please contact Lee Schmidt, Associate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are selected in May for each moot program based on tryouts and applications in the spring term.
Academic Services staff will register students in moots; students cannot register themselves. Students should factor in moot credits and the credit allocation between terms when planning and registering for their other courses. Students are reminded that there is a maximum allowance of 20 experiential credits (including clinics and moots) which may be applied towards their Juris Doctor degree.
Credit for participation will be given by way of the following courses:
LAW 483C.001 Competitive Moots Advocacy Credit A (5 credits – 3 in term 1, 2 in term 2):
- BC Law Schools Competitive Moot
- Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Competition
- National Labour Arbitration Moot
- Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot
- Gale Cup Moot
- Harold G. Fox Moot (Canadian Intellectual Property Moot)
- Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot
- Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law Moot
- Jessup International Law Moot
- Julius Alexander Isaac Moot
- Laskin Moot
- Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
- Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot
- Wilson Moot
LAW 483C.002 Competitive Moots Advocacy Credit A (5 credits in term 2):
- Kawaskimhon Moot
LAW 483B Competitive Moots Advocacy Credit A (4 credits across year – 2 in term 1, 2 in term 2)
- Donald G. Bowman National Tax Moot
LAW 475A Competitive Trial Advocacy Credit (2 credits across year – 1 per term):
- Peter Burns Moot
LAW 475D Competitive Trial Advocacy Credit (4 credits across year- 2 in term 1, 2 in term 2):
- Western Canada Moot (MacIntyre Cup) - Students who advance in the Burns Moot will be withdrawn from Law 475A and registered in Law 475D