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.

  • 2021-22 Credit moot descriptions (available in March 2021)
  • Credit moot program course outline and student expectations (available in March 2021)
  • Contact:

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.)

2020-2021 competitive moots

  • Alberta Court of Appeal Moot (6 mooters; 2L students only) - ONLINE
  • Bennett Jones Health Law Moot (4 mooters) - ONLINE
  • Donald G. Bowman National Tax Moot (4 mooters, 1 researcher) - ONLINE
  • Gale Cup Moot (4 mooters, 1 researcher) - ONLINE
  • Jessup International Law Moot – Canadian Division (4 mooters, 1 researcher) - ONLINE
  • Julius Alexander Isaac Moot - ONLINE
  • Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Circle (4 mooters) - ONLINE
  • The Laskin Moot (4 mooters) - ONLINE
  • Willem C. Vis Moot - ONLINE
  • Western Canada Trial (MacIntyre Cup) Competition (2 mooters) - ONLINE
  • Western Family Law Negotiation (2 mooters) - ONLINE

Non-credit moot program

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

Annual William McGillivray Moot - currently planning for ONLINE Winter 2021

Sponsored by Carbert Waite LLP

  • Open to all JD students
  • Contact: Chantal Pegg, pegg@ucalgary.ca
  • This competition takes place in the Winter session
  • The William McGillivray Moot began in 1979

Blackstone Medals Debate - Cancelled for Fall 2020

  • Open to all JD students
  • Contact: Chantal Pegg, pegg@ucalgary.ca
  • This competition takes place in the Fall session
  • Sign up in pairs with a colleague in any year of law school 

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.