The Peter Burns Competition is a trial, rather than an appeal, moot. It takes place on a Friday in November. Eight students compete, pairing up to act as counsel in a mock trial. Two practicing lawyers coach each pair of students during practice sessions held on one evening a week in the Hornby Street courthouse downtown. On the day of the competition, two mock trials are held-one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students who participate in this competition take Trial Advocacy and Evidence in the fall term if they have not already done these courses. Participation in this competition is worth 2 credits.
The two winning students receive the Peter Burns trophy and go on to represent UBC in the Western Canada Moot Competition (the MacIntyre Cup) usually held in February. The first and second place teams at the Western Canada Moot then compete in the National Trial Moot Competition (the Sopinka Cup), held in Ottawa in early March. The students receive 2 further credits in for participating in these competitions.