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.
2013 Nelligan O’Brien Payne First-Year Moot Court Competition
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, 180 enthusiastic first-year students participated in the preliminary rounds of the 2013 Nelligan O’Brien Payne First-Year Moot Court Competition. Three students, Kyle Morrow, Tracey Doyle and Tyler Raymond, advanced to the Championship Hearing on November 12, with Kyle and Tracey winning the John P. Nelligan Cup as the best two person team in the competition. (details)
Common Law Team Wins Regional ABA Negotiation Competition in Boston
Over the weekend of November 9 and 10, 2013, the Common Law mooting team of second-year students Tanner Oscapella and Chris Kreutzner were victorious at the American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition at the New England School of Law in Boston, taking first place over 23 other teams from the region. (details)
Faculty of Law Team Excels at Foreign Direct Investment Moot
A team of four students from the Faculty of Law delivered an excellent showing at the 2013 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot held from October 24-26, 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, finishing in the top eight out of 72 schools from around the world. (details)
Moots for 2013-2014
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)