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.

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.)

2019-2020 competitive moots

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

Please note that the Willms Shier Environmental Law Moot (2 mooters) is a bi-annual moot competition - next offering in 2020-2021 academic year.


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 all JD students
  • Contact: Chantal Pegg, pegg@ucalgary.ca
  • This competition takes place in the Winter session.
  • The William McGillivray Moot began in 1979. Winter 2020 will mark the 42nd annual competition.

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.