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.
Moots for 2012-13
Participating in a competitive moot can be one of the most rewarding experiences at law school. The Common Law Section offers a wide selection of moots covering different subject areas. While most moots test appellate advocacy skills, others require participants to demonstrate their abilities in trial, arbitration or other settings. (details)
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) / University of Ottawa Negotiation Competition 2012
Faculty of Law students are invited to participate in the Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC)/University of Ottawa Negotiation Competition. In teams of two, students will compete to obtain the best possible results for their client through negotiation. (details)
uOttawa Team Places Second in the World in WTO Moot
On May 12, 2012, the University of Ottawa team of second-year students Stephen Brown-Okruhlik, Danny Kharazmi, Joel Reinhardt and third-year student Michael Dieleman placed second in the international finals of the prestigious World Trade Organization (WTO) moot competition organized by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) in Montpellier, France. This is the second time in three years that uOttawa has finished as runner-up. (details)
Common Law Mooting Teams Rank Among Best in the World
In the past month, the Common Law Section saw two of its mooting teams compete in two of the largest and most prestigious international moot court competitions in the world, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Despite each of these tournaments featuring hundreds of law schools from around the world, uOttawa impressively ranked within the top eight of each moot. (details)