Mooting and Lawyering Skills

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Osgoode’s Moots and Skills program builds on a long tradition of achievement. With one of the most comprehensive mooting and lawyering skills competition programs in the country, there is no doubt something for everyone in the Moots and Skills program.

Osgoode participates in a wide variety of moots: from a first-year criminal moot to an upper-year international commercial arbitration moot. Our skills competition program offers students the opportunity to test their hand in a variety of lawyering competitions: from traditional appellate moot court competitions to trial advocacy, arbitration, mediation, and negotiation competitions.

First-Year Moots

Osgoode offers incoming first-year students unparalleled opportunities to become familiar with the world of mooting. Regardless of experience or ability, the first-year mooting program at Osgoode gives students a chance to get a taste of oral advocacy and develop their oral advocacy skills.  Please contact the Osgoode Mooting Society for more information regarding the first-year moots.

Upper Year Moots

Students try out and are selected to participate in the various upper year moots. Depending on the moot, students will compete against various Canadian and international law schools.  Students receive extensive training in legal research, drafting, and oral advocacy as part of their preparation from leading faculty and practitioners in the relevant legal fields.  Students receive academic credit for their successful completion of these moots. Mooters are expected to attend the moot competition, whether in person or remotely, as determined by the competition organizers.  Moots are scheduled on weekends – usually Saturdays.  It is the mooters’ responsibility to identify any potential scheduling conflict prior to accepting a mooting offer. Once an offer is accepted, attendance is mandatory.  For more information, please email

Skills Competitions

Building on the successes of Osgoode’s mooting program, Osgoode has developed one of the strongest lawyering skills competition programs in the country, and the program continues to grow. Many competitions involve domestic law, while an increasing number raise issues of private or public international law.

Non-Credit Moots

For those students looking to build their skills there are a number of non-credit mooting and skills competitions that you can participate in.