Mooting gives students the chance to argue an appeal in a case specially designed to challenge and develop their advocacy skills. In preparing their written arguments, they research an area of law in depth with their teammates under the supervision of a faculty advisor. In preparing and practising their oral arguments, they often have the benefit of working with some of the finest advocates in the local bar, including those in practice and those now on the bench. Through the mooting program, students gain hands-on experience with the full panoply of oral and written advocacy skills.
Competitive mooting brings together students from law schools across Canada and the United States. Each year, Osgoode enters six to eight appellate moots for upper-year students involving issues of civil and criminal constitutional litigation, public international law, federal administrative law and corporate/securities law. Osgoode also participates in a Labour Arbitration Moot, a Trial Advocacy Moot and an Aboriginal Law Moot.
Students can also become involved in mooting as an extracurricular activity through the Osgoode Hall Mooting Society. First-year students can try out for two non-credit external moots: the Goodman and Carr Moot (based on the Gale Cup Moot) and the Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP International Law Moot (based on the Jessup International Law Moot). Interested students from all years can also sign up for the annual Lerner's Cup Competition held at Osgoode.
Please consult the mooting website for detailed information.
View a video of the Osgoode 2013 Mooting Celebration.
The Clinical Education & Intensive Programs organize participation in two American Bar Association Law Student Division competitions annually. These competitions offer participating students a forum to develop the very skills they will use as practitioners, and a chance to meet and network with fellow law students – future colleagues – from around the United States and Canada. Competitions also provide an excellent opportunity for law students to gain important resume-building experience and recognition.
a) Negotiation Competition
The ABA Law Student Division's Negotiation Competition promotes greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition. Osgoode students compete in an intra-school competition in March of each year hosted by Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Two teams are selected from this competition, using criteria mandated by the ABA, to compete in the Regional Finals in November. The two successful teams receive coaching from both Osgoode faculty and practitioners from Fraser Milner Casgrain.
b) Canadian Client Consultation Competition
The Canadian Client Consultation Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students from law schools across Canada, acting as lawyers, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation. A team consists of two law school students attending the same approved Canadian LSAC-member law school who conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client. This includes eliciting facts, advising about the relevant law, providing options for proceeding, and assisting the client to make an informed choice. The top ranking Canadian law school at the Canadian Competition will advance to the annual Louis M. Brown and Forrest S. Mosten International Client Consultation Competition, the international legal moot competition in which over 25 different countries compete.
For the 2012-2013 year, the topic is “Criminal Law”, and the competition will be held February 23-24, 2013 at Queen’s University.
Please visit the Canadian Client Consultation Competition website.
c) International Competition for Mediation Advocacy (ICMA)
The International Competition for Mediation Advocacy (ICMA) was created to support and enhance the skills of future lawyers around the world and to highlight the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) education in law schools. ICMA provides law students with an opportunity to further develop and apply the skills necessary to be an effective advocate in mediation. It is an excellent forum for law students to showcase their superior advocacy talents. The competition is held over the course of four days, where teams of two students act as a lawyer and client. The event is held in Toronto during the spring.
For details about ICMA 2013, please visit the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy website.
d) International Law School Mediation Tournament (Chicago Mediation Competition)
Every year the International Academy of Dispute Resolution sponsors an international law school mediation tournament. The tournament typically takes place during the spring semester in Chicago, IL. Participation in these tournaments continues to increase every year, especially the participation of international schools. Law schools from Canada, Great Britain, and Germany regularly attend. The tournament provides law students with the opportunity to learn about various forms and techniques used in mediation, as well as the opportunity to practice their mediation skills in friendly competition with other students from around the world.
Teams of three students each go through three preliminary rounds serving as mediators, as well as advocates and clients. Mediators work in pairs, with the co-mediators being from different schools. This encourages students to recognize that mediation is about working together to reach a solution, rather than competing at every turn. Mediators are judged on their ability to work together with their co-mediator in addition to their listening skills, their ability to help that advocates and clients see the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, their ability to stay positive and professional, and their ability to help guide the parties to a resolution of the dispute that brought them to mediation.
Please visit the International Law School Mediation Tournament website.