Competitive Mooting

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Who should apply?
Eligibility and prerequisites
Credit weight
Timeline
Application form
List of moots
Funding
Contact

Competitive mooting is demanding, but exciting and rewarding. It is an opportunity to develop advocacy skills and present a case before experienced judges.

Each year, selected students represent the Faculty at Canadian and international mooting competitions. Our students also compete in the Bar Prize Moot, with prizes awarded by the Bars of Montreal and Quebec.

In addition to the competitive mooting program, the Faculty of Law regularly offers courses which simulate the courtroom experience. Examples include the Talmudic Law course and Trial Advocacy course.

Who should apply?

Students who have completed two years of the program and who are interested in analyzing and researching complex legal problems, developing arguments and advocacy skills.

Eligibility and prerequisites

Open to students who have completed at least two (2) years of the BCL/JD Program, and have completed the required courses with a min CGPA 2.70. 

Prerequisite for ALL moot competitions: PRAC 200 Advocacy.

  • For the Jessup International Law Moot: PUB2 105 Public International Law is required.
  • For the Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Moot: preference will be given to Indigenous students (please indicate this in your CV). If you are only interested in this moot, you need not try out, but you should submit a letter of intent c/o the SAO.

Credit weight

Three (3) credits during the Winter semester, although work may be required throughout the academic year. Students may request to register for the three (3) credits in the Fall semester by contacting the SAO.

Timeline

The SAO organises an Information session each March. Application deadline is each March (TBD), with the final selection announced end-July.

Application form

Please use the form on our forms section: Application to Mooting Competitions. Now Closed

PDF icon Moot Presentation 2023-2024

List of moots

A non-exhaustive list of moots in which McGill Law students have participated in the past.

Jessup International Law Moot Laskin Moot
Davies Corporate/Securities Law Moot Concours Mignault
Gale Cup Moot The Sopinka Cup
J.A. Isaac Diversity Moot Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot Winkler Class Action Moot
Canadian National Negotiation Competition   

Funding

The Faculty of Law provides financial support to the competitive mooting teams. The funding comes in part from the following  funds:

  • The John G. Ahern, QC Memorial Mooting Fund was established by the law firm of Ahern, Nuss and Drymer in 1979, in the name and memory of its distinguished founder (BCL 1918), Bâtonnier of the Bar of Montreal and Quebec in 1955–56, and a respected advocate throughout his long career.
  • The S. Leon Mendelsohn Mooting Fund was established by the partners of Mendelsohn in honour of their esteemed founder (BCL 1924).
  • The Richard and Hilda Golick Mooting Sponsorship established in 1994 and funded by the proceeds from the Law and You Seminars, also provides financial assistance to students participating in competitive mooting.
  • The McCarthy Tétrault Foundation donation to the Faculty in support of competitive mooting.
  • The Robinson Sheppard Shapiro 90th Anniversary Fund in support of mooting competitions at the Faculty.

Faculty contacts

leyla.suleiman [at] mcgill.ca (Leyla Suleiman), Student Affairs Consultant and sao.law [at] mcgill.ca (Giosi Rota), Student Affairs Officer, New Chancellor Day Hall.

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