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Dalhousie University Law School

Mooting and Clinical Programs

In addition to providing students with a firm 'grounding in the fundamentals of law' within a classroom setting, the School offers many experiential learning possibilities through which students may develop and hone their practical skills, such as advocacy, argumentative, and lawyering abilities, and deal directly with the dynamics of the legal world. Such opportunities are available primarily via mooting and clinical work. Mooting is a compulsory component of the LLB program. However, interested students in the 2nd and 3rd year of their respective LLB programs may audition for numerous moot competitions including the Canadian-American (Trilateral) Moot Court Competition, Canadian Labour Arbitration Moot, Gale Cup Moot Court Competition, Jessup International Moot Court Competition, Laskin Moot, Securities Law Moot, and Sopinka Cup.

The School also has several opportunities for students to engage in clinical work including the Criminal Law Clinic, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, Judge's Clerkship Programme, and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). The Criminal Law Clinic assigns students to a judge, Crown Counsel, or defence lawyer in order to 'observe and participate in criminal law practice.' The Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, which provides legal assistance to those who would be unable to attain such help otherwise, is worth 13 credits towards their respective degrees and is limited to 3rd year students only.

The Judge's Clerkship Programme, which is offered in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, enables students to 'spend a week with a Supreme Court Justice.' PBSC is a nation-wide volunteer service through which students provide 'legal and law-related services' to community and public interest organizations 'that are ineligible for legal aid.' Moreover, the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, Weldon Times, and annual yearbook, all of which are published by the School's Law Students' Society (LSS), allow students to assume editorial roles and also to contribute academic articles.

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