Peter A Allard School of Law

Upper Year Moots for Current Students

ABOUT Upper Year 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 participate with 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 moots 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. 

CREDITS FOR Upper Year MOOTS

  • Successfully completing an upper year moot fulfills the JD Experiential Learning Requirement.
     
  • Students are limited to 20 credits of clinical and competitive mooting credits (the credits allocated to each moot are noted below).
     
  • If you have been accepted for a moot, you do not need to self-register for the moot course or any pre-requisite/co-requisite course associated with that moot through the UBC Student Services Centre. Academic Services staff will register accepted students into their moot course and contact them in advance of registration to save seats in any prerequisite or corequisite courses (if the student has not already taken such courses). When planning for registration of other upper year courses, students should factor in the total number of moot credits, including any pre-requisite or co-requisite course (and credit allocation across terms), to ensure they do not exceed the maximum credit load per term (18 credits) or per Winter Session (34 credits).
     
  • Credit for participation in a moot 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):
      • Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot
      • British Columbia Law Schools Competitive Moot
      • Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Competition
      • Gale Cup Moot Competition
      • 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
      • National Labour Arbitration Moot
      • Oxford International Intellectual Property 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 Aboriginal Rights Moot
    • LAW 483B Competitive Moots Advocacy Credit A (4 credits across year – 2 in term 1, 2 in term 2)
      • Donald G.H. 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

application information

All students applying to a 2022-2023 upper year moot should thoroughly review the information on this page.

 

Important Dates

  • March 8, 2022 | 12:45pm-2:00pm; via Zoom – 2022-2023 Upper Year Moot Information Session
  • March 14-18, 2022 | Moot Tryout Week for moots participating in the common selection process
  • March 18, 11:59pm (PST), 2022 | 2022-2023 Upper Year Moot Application Deadline
  • Late-May, 2022 | 2022-2023 Upper Year Moot offers made

2022-2023 Moots

The following moots will be offered for 2022-2023:

  • British Columbia Law Schools Competitive Moot
  • Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Competition
  • Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot
  • Gale Cup Moot Competition
  • Jessup International Law Moot Competition
  • Julius Alexander Isaac Moot
  • Kawaskimhon: Aboriginal Rights Moot
  • Laskin Moot
  • National Labour Arbitration Competition
  • Peter Burns Moot, Western Canada Moot, Sopinka Cup Moot
  • Wilson Moot

An overview of these moots is provided below under "List of Upper Year Moots".

 

How to Apply

The Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Rights Moot has a separate selection process. Please see instructions on how to apply below under the "Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Rights Moot" heading.

All other 2022-2023 participating moots will use the below common selection process.

  1. Pick your Moot(s): Consider the moots to which you would like to apply and your order of preference; 
    • Review any pre-requisite or co-requisite course requirements as part of your course planning (see Moot Descriptions below)
       
  2. Prepare your legal writing sample: prepare a legal writing sample to be used for your application;
    • The writing sample should be a single file, in PDF format, labeled with the following title (i.e. the name of the document): "Last Name, First Name - Moot Writing Sample".
    • The writing sample must be a maximum of 2 pages, double-spaced.
    • First year students should use an excerpt of their legal research and writing assignment 2 or their first-year moot factum (ensure you only use the portion that you authored.)
    • Upper year Students may use the same documents as 1L students or you may use an excerpt of a seminar or advanced legal research paper.
       
  3. Apply for the Moot: complete the 2 following tasks by 11:59pm (PST) on March 18, 2022:
    1. Signup for a 4-minute presentation at Allard Hall to try out for the Moots:
      • Tryouts will be held between March 14-March 18 (see schedule at reception). The sign-up sheet will be available at Reception starting March 7. There are limited time-slots per day, which are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
      • You will be presenting to 1 or more judges. Your 4 minutes should budget time for at least one question.
      • You only need to try out once. All moot coaches will receive a recording of your tryout. You do not need to try out separately for each moot
      • Choose one of the two following topics for your presentation:
        • I think that law school tuition should or should not be made free; or
        • I think that the first-year curriculum at Allard Law should or should not be changed
           
    2. Complete the Upper Year Moot Online Survey, which collects personal information about you, asks you to rank each moot by your preference and submit your legal writing sample. Complete the survey in one sitting; do not complete a survey for each moot that you are interested in.  Do not complete this survey until you have finalized your moot preferences.

Questions about the common selection application process can be directed to  Barbara Wang, Manager, Student ExperienceAppointments can be directly booked online via Calendly.

 


LIST OF UPPER YEAR MOOTS

An overview of the moots 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.

 

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