Gale Cup

The Gale Cup is Canada’s premier national bilingual mooting competition, bringing together teams of law students from 15 to 20 law schools across the country to moot a criminal law case. Named after former Ontario Chief Justice George A. Gale, the Gale Cup encourages excellence in oral advocacy by bringing together Canadian law school students in a forum that simulates as closely as possible the appellate court experience. The Gale Cup provides a particularly valuable experience for students in that it uses real judges, and students gown to make their arguments before panels of judges from every province in Canada.  Please click here for more information.

What You Need to Know

  • This is a criminal/constitutional law moot
  • The Cup is held at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto in late February
  • Approximately 17 Canadian law schools participate each year
  • Simultaneous translation is provided during bilingual rounds
  • Every other year, the winning team in the Gale Cup represents Canada in the Commonwealth Moot competition, held in various locales around the world


  • The team is comprised of four oralists and one researcher
  • Interested students should apply through the upper year consolidated mooting tryouts


  • Team members receive three graded credits for their participation, which will be applied in the Winter term
  • Team members are required to enroll in the Appellate Advocacy Workshop and will receive two credits for their participation, which will be applied in the Fall term
  • Advanced courses and seminars in criminal law and evidence are an asset
  • Team members of the Gale Cup team are expected to have completed, or to be enrolled in Criminal Procedure and Evidence by the Fall the year they compete