Labour & Employment Law Moots

The Faculty of Law is pleased to offer two mooting opportunities in workplace law.


IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Queen's Law limits participation in the Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot to first-year JD students 

Hicks Morley is committed to supporting the education and development of the next generation of leading human resources law practitioners.

Each year, Hicks Morley hosts a moot competition at a number of Ontario’s law schools. The Centre is pleased to support hosting of this moot at Queen’s.

Students work in teams of two and present the appeal or judicial review of a decision arising out of the field of labour and employment law. The moot scenarios focus on timely, topical issues, and are designed to encourage participants to critically engage with issues that arise in our areas of practice.

Preliminary rounds are held at each participating law school, and are judged by Hicks Morley lawyers and Queen’s Faculty members. The winning teams from each school will then participate in the Hicks Morley Moot finals, which are held each year in the firm’s Toronto office.

The moot is an excellent opportunity for law students to hone their advocacy skills, get acquainted with labour and employment law, receive feedback on the quality of their legal arguments from practitioners in the area and learn tips and techniques on their presentation.   



IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The moot rules restrict this competition to students in second year of J.D. program, as well as students enrolled in the law school during their second year of a combined degree program.

"Teams from law schools across Canada compete in a simulation of a grievance arbitration hearing before tri-partite panels. Truly a national event, competitors include teams from British Columbia, Nova Scotia and everywhere in between. The oralists, coaches, panellists and other invitees from the labour law community are invited to an opening reception on Friday night. The competition officially begins Saturday morning at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Each team presents once as union counsel, and once as management counsel.

Based on the panellists’ scoring, our Moot Committee determines the two finalists, who are announced at a Saturday night banquet. These finalists then go on to compete against each other for the Mathews Dinsdale & Clark National Labour Arbitration Competition Trophy on Sunday morning." 

Participation is made possible with funding from the Faculty of Law

Number of oralist positions: 2 (two)

Course Evaluation: Letter grade based upon research, written materials, oral performance, and participation during preparation and at the competition. No factum.

Credit Weight: 3 Credits

Pre-requisite: Labour Law (Law 560) or Employment Law (Law 567) prior to, or during the Fall term, or a passing mark in an equivalent course in the past, or have had sufficient practical experience in industrial relations. Must be either a second year J.D. student, or combined program student enrolled in law during your second year of the combined program.