Instructor(s): Brian Radnoff

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

Note: All students are required to participate in a moot court competition during their second or third year of law school.

This requirement must be fulfilled while you are in residence at this Faculty. Any requests for accommodations must be made following the Faculty’s accommodation procedure.

Students may fulfill the Moot requirement in a competitive moot, however, in order to do so, students must try out for a competitive moot in the fall. Students who are not selected for a competitive moot team must add the Upper Year Moot to their program.

All students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law are required to participate in a moot court competition. Learning oral advocacy skills and the opportunity to write a factum are essential components of their legal education and are academic requirements at the Faculty of Law. Students compete for places in the competitive moots in September, and those who are placed on a competitive team are not required to register for the Upper Year Moot. Everyone else is required to complete the Upper Year Moot in either their second or third year.

The Upper Year Moot spans the fall and spring terms, with seminars offered starting in November and the oral arguments scheduled in late January and early February. Upper Year Moot students work in teams of two, and each team can work with their opposing team in preparing their arguments. Students may sign up with a partner or have one assigned to them. Student teams will be randomly designated as appellants or respondents. Groups work with a Supervisor who is a professor or practicing litigator to develop a factum and oral argument responsive to the moot problem and then participate with their opponents in an oral hearing before a three-person panel, including their Supervisor and two other lawyers.


Note: The following deadline times and dates will be strictly enforced. All facta must be submitted electronically to the Records Office via

Deadline date to add/drop this moot: Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

October 26, 2020: Students will be notified when the Moot package is available on Quercus; students to indicate partner and topic preferences by e-mailing by November 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

November 18, 2020: (12:30- 2:00 p.m.) Introductory Seminar – attendance is mandatory. Location: J250

November 27, 2020: Moot problems assigned and posted on Quercus.

January 13, 2021: (12:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Written and Oral Advocacy Seminar - attendance is mandatory. Location: J250

January 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m.: Appellant’s Draft Factum due to Supervisors (see mooting materials for details)

January 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m.: Appellants’ Final Factum Due (see mooting materials for details)

January 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m.: Respondents’ Draft Factum Due to Supervisors (see mooting materials for details)

January 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m.: Respondents’ Final Factum Due (see mooting materials for details)

Monday to Thursday, February 1 – February 11, 2021: (5:30-9:00 p.m.) Oral hearings will be scheduled between these dates (no hearings will be scheduled on Friday evenings). Students must ensure that they are available for their moot as assigned. Students requesting accommodation must contact the Assistant Dean, JD Program.

Note: Exchange Students going on a fall exchange must comply with all fall deadlines. Students are responsible for obtaining material (from their partner or from Quercus) presented during any session they miss. In no case will absence from a mandatory session be an excuse for missed deadlines, improper formatting, etc. Exchange students must regularly check their UTOR e-mail and the Quercus site for the Upper Year Moot.

1 ungraded credit for satisfactory completion of the oral and written components of the competition. The grading will take into account the oral and written components of the competition.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



200 JD