Mooting & Debating

Apply to the Mooting & Debating program.

Credit moot program

You can participate in both non-credit and credit moots during your time at UCalgary Law. Credit moots are open to second and third year students.

  • Credit moot descriptions (need link)
  • Credit moot program course outline and student expectations (need link)
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Applying to the credit moot program

The Mooting & Debating committee, in consultation with coaches, select students for the credit moot program based on the following criteria:

  • Your participation in the McGillivray and other moots
  • Your ranking of more than one moot choice in the program
  • Your letter of interest (one page), including past education and professional experience
  • Your grades/GPA (please supply an unofficial transcript)
  • A sample of your writing (a 2-3 page portion of a factum/memo/paper, etc.)

2018-2019 competitive moots

  • Western Canada Trial (MacIntyre Cup) Competition (2 mooters)
  • Gale Cup Moot (4 mooters)
  • Davies’ Annual Corporate Securities Moot (4 mooters, 1 researcher)
  • Jessup International Law Moot – Canadian Division (4 mooters, 1 researcher)
  • Donald G. Bowman National Tax Moot (4 mooters, 1 researcher)
  • Bennett Jones Health Law Moot (4 mooters)
  • Alberta Court of Appeal Moot (6 mooters; 2L students only)
  • Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Circle (4 mooters)
  • Willms Shier Environmental Law Moot

Non-credit moot program

The non-credit moot program consists of the William McGillivray Moot and the Blackstone Medals Debate.

Annual William McGillivray Moot

Sponsored by Carbert Waite LLP

  • Open to 2L and 3L students only
  • Typically takes place in September and October

Blackstone Medals Debate

  • Open to all JD students
  • Sign up in pairs with a colleague in any year of law school
  • Contact: Sue Parsons, sparsons@ucalgary.ca

The Blackstone Medals Debate was created in 1980 in honour of Judge Irwin Blackstone, one of the founding members of UCalgary Law. The debate focuses on your ability to provide a clear and concise argument during a structure debate lasting 43 minutes. The debate focuses on the true strength on an argument and give you excellent exposure and practice in oral advocacy.