The Common Law Section offers a wide variety of internal opportunities for students interested in pursuing studies in Advocacy. Our two internal moots, the Nelligan O’Brien Payne Moot Court Competition and the Heenan Blaikie Moot Court Competition, offer first-year students a chance to get hands-on experience in appeal scenarios while developing written and oral advocacy skills.
Participation in a first-year moot also allows students to evaluate whether they have the ability and interest to take part in one of the many external moot court competitions available to upper-year students. We sponsor many competitive advocacy teams that have achieved great success at both national and international levels in subject areas that range from criminal law to international commercial arbitration. Upper-year students may also select from a wide range of optional advocacy courses, including intensive practical courses in trial advocacy or interviewing, counselling and negotiation.
Also available are opportunities to work at one of the law school’s three legal clinics: the uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic, the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). These clinics blend legal pedagogy with hands-on public interest and community advocacy, giving students access to practical training and experience.
Common Law’s many internal opportunities can help to equip students with everything they need to pursue a successful career in advocacy.