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 

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.