First Year Assignment Schedule & Moot Info

2019-2020 First-Year Assignment Schedule

First year students have assignments due in their Public Law, Transnational Law and Legal Research & Writing Classes. They also have to prepare a factum and participate in a moot in their Contracts class.  The Assistant Dean, Students works with the faculty members teaching these courses to prepare a common assignment schedule.  All assignments are due on the date indicated on the schedule below.

Assignment Schedule ***Last Updated November 28, 2019 (changes to professor names)

Note: This schedule is subject to change. Please direct any questions about the timetable to the Assistant Dean, Students, Kaila Mikkelsen: mikkelsen@allard.ubc.ca.  Students requiring academic concessions should consult the Assistant Dean, Students well in advance of the due date for an assignment or an examination date.


February 2020 First-Year Moot Information 

*Last updated February 7, 2020, to add the First Year Moots Procedures Checklist below.

All Allard Law first-year students, working in teams of two, argue a moot problem in the second term before the Supreme Moot Court of the University of British Columbia (the “Moot Court”).

The moot takes the form of an appeal based on a given set of facts, and the reasons for judgment of a lower court or the reasons for an order or award of an administrative board or tribunal. As the moot is not a mock trial, there are no witnesses or submissions of evidence. The party appealing the decision is the appellant; the party responding to the appeal is the respondent. Two students represent the appellant, and two represent the respondent.

The moot is comprised of two parts: a written factum, and oral arguments. There are strict rules regarding the form in which a factum must be presented and the procedure for the oral arguments, though there is room for substantive creativity in both the written and oral components. The first-year moot has adopted a set of rules modeled on real-world rules, similar to those of the British Columbia Court of Appeal, called the Rules of Court of the Supreme Moot Court of the University of British Columbia (the “Rules”). Before preparing the factum and the oral arguments, each student should read the Rules carefully, in addition to reviewing any materials on persuasive writing and other skills to which your instructors refer them.

Approximately 150-200 judges sit on the Moot Court bench each year.  All judges are practising or former lawyers in British Columbia, who generously volunteer their time to review moot factums, hear oral arguments, and provide useful feedback to students on each.

The moot proceeds in accordance with the Rules and the First Year Assignment Schedule, more generally as follows:

  • the students representing the appellant prepare their factum, file it with the designated Moot Court registrars, and serve it on the students representing the respondent;
  • the students representing the respondent prepare their factum, file it with the designated Moot Court registrars, and serve it on the students representing the appellant;
  • the Moot Court registrars send a copy of each factum, along with the moot problem and any other required supporting materials, to each of the judges hearing the respective appeal;
  • the judges review and consider each of the factums before the oral arguments commence; and
  • both teams of students argue the case before the judges.

All students should refer to the First Year Student Assignment Schedule for relevant factum due dates, informative lectures and moot dates.

For Further Information:

Rules of Court of the Supreme Moot Court of the University of British Columbia

FAQs of the Supreme Moot Court of the University of British Columbia

Sample UBC Appellant's Factum (Gale Cup 2015)

Sample UBC Respondent's Factum (Gale Cup 2015)

Practice Direction Regarding Addressing the Court

First Year Moots Procedures Checklist


Important 2020 Dates:

Wednesday, January 8  |  Moot Problem distributed by Contracts Professors

Thursday, January 9, 12:30pm  |  Factum Writing Lecture by Professor Nikos Harris

Monday, January 20  |  Appellant Factum due to Registrars (see Rules for more information)

Tuesday January 28  |  Respondent Factum due to Registrars (see Rules for more information)

Thursday, January 30, 12:30pm  |  Oral Advocacy Lecture by Professor Janine Benedet

Week of February 3 (date/time TBA)  |  Demo Moot for 1Ls

Week of February 10 (approx. 5:30pm - 8:30pm)  |  First Year Moots

  • Monday, February 10 - Section 001; MacDougall
  • Tuesday, February 11 - Section 002; Russo
  • Wednesday, February 12 - Section 003; Liao
  • Thursday, February 13 - Section 004; Biukovic

Contact Information:

After reviewing all of the information above, any students with further questions regarding the First Year Moot may contact:

  • the Moot Court Registrars (firstyearmoots@allard.ubc.ca) in respect of any administrative or procedural questions;
  • their respective Contracts Professor in respect of any substantive legal questions related to the moot problem;
  • Professor Janine Benedet in respect of any oral advocacy questions; and
  • Manager, Student Experience, in relation to academic concessions and accommodations.