The Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition is an annual tournament run jointly by the Osgoode Debate Society and the Osgoode Mooting Society .
It is intended to introduce undergraduate students to mooting, a form of public speaking common in law school. Held for the first time in 2005, this year will be the thirteenth Osgoode Cup. The tournament takes place at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Participants will compete in pairs of two presenting before a panel of judges with regard to an appeal or motions case. As a case before appeal it is a ‘lawyer’s court’ without witnesses or juries where the facts are generally not in dispute but rather the focus is on legal issues.
The Osgoode Cup provides many benefits for participants. It provides students with public speaking and presentation experiences and a chance to try out oral advocacy in a legal setting. On top of having a good time with those on your team and also meeting other Mooters from across the country students also get to meet and speak with current law students, practitioners, law professors and even some judges over the course of the weekend making this a great event for anyone interested in the legal field or law school in the future.
Furthermore for those applying to law school merely attending such an event shows an interest and commitment to law school as well as demonstrated interest in lawyering skills. Mooting competitions are something that law schools are very interested in those who show promise and commitment that they could add to their first year or upper year moot teams.
We hope that you strongly consider attending the 2017 Osgoode Cup!