The Common Law Section has always enjoyed a reputation for graduating some of the greatest advocates in Ontario. Our earliest graduates tell us uOttawa excelled in advocacy competitions from the very beginning. Today many of our graduates are leaders in the advocacy bar.
Although much has changed in our law school over the past 50 years, our commitment to advocacy education has not. What may have changed is our conception of advocacy which today includes not only trial and appellate courtroom advocacy, but advocacy before tribunals, international advocacy, negotiation, settlement, mediation.
Every first year student has an opportunity to participate in one of our internal moot court competitions, either the Nelligan O’Brien Payne Moot Court Competition or the Heenan Blaikie Moot Court Competition. Each first year student takes a three week intensive course in Dispute Resolution. Upper year students may select from a wide range of optional courses. We sponsor many competitive advocacy teams who have achieved success on the national and international scene.
uOttawa Team Excels at World Championship Round of Jessup Moot
From April 6-10, 2014, the Common Law Jessup team of Alessandra Toteda, Patrick Connors, Sam Pack and Chris Kreutzner competed in the World Championship Round of the 2014 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, in Washington, D.C., advancing to the round of 16 and finishing the tournament as the top Canadian team. (details)
Common Law Students Excel at Walsh Family Law Moot in Toronto
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, Common Law students David Ang, Eleanora Iszmalov, Agneishka Kus, Jennifer Therrian and Mory Yuan participated in the 2014 Walsh Family Law Moot at the Court of Appeal in Toronto. (details)
More uOttawa Mooting Success at the Oxford IP Moot
Students from the Common Law Section have once again won major accolades at the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot Competition. Lisa Danay, Megan Martins, and Laura Morrison won first prize for best written submissions, and the team reached the semi-finals for the third straight year, going undefeated through all preliminary rounds and the quarterfinals. (details)
Sopinka Cup Victory: Common Law Students Earn Title of Best Criminal Law Moot Team in Canada
On March 15, 2014, Common Law students Sarah Sullivan and Reem Zaia finished in first place at the National Trial Advocacy Competition to win the coveted Sopinka Cup, Canada’s most prestigious trial advocacy mooting prize. (details)