The Allard School of Law offers students the opportunity to take part in competitive moots during their second and third years. The benefits of mooting include intensive training in advocacy, client counselling and dispute resolution skills before judges, practitioners and academics and the opportunity to work with other students and meet law students from other universities. Positions on moot teams are highly sought-after by students, and professors participate enthusiastically as advisors, consultants and coaches. Students audition for many of these moot teams, and team members are generally selected based on performance in the oral presentation and overall law school marks.
A common selection process is used by the Peter Burns Criminal Law, UBC/UVic, Corporate/Securities, Gale, Jessup, Wilson, Laskin, Canadian Labour Arbitration and Canadian National Mediation Advocacy moots. This selection process involves students doing a short oral submission before a panel of Faculty members at the end of the spring semester. The ABA Negotiation, Kawaskimhon, Client Counselling, Guile and Oxford Intellectual Property teams use separate selection processes, usually occurring in the fall semester.
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 receive two additional credits.
Historically, UBC students have done well in these competitions, and the Faculty works hard to ensure that the standard of performance remains high. All students who have an interest in acquiring instruction and training in advocacy or other related skills are strongly encouraged to try out for a place on one of the teams. Significant time commitment and motivation are required. 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.
Complete Moot List - Detailed information on the various Moot opportunities at the Allard School of Law.