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Benefits of Participating in the 2014 Osgoode Cup Tournament

School of Business Paralegal Program student

Centennial College took part in the 2014 Osgoode Cup tournament, the largest and longest standing undergraduate moot in Canada. The competition is intended to introduce undergraduate students interested in law school to mooting, a form of public speaking common in law school. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the tournament and took place on March 15 and 16, 2014 at the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario.

Mooting gives students the chance to argue an appeal in a case specially designed to challenge and develop the full panoply of their oral and written advocacy skills. This year the matter was criminal law and the Centennial College teams, made up of two people each, spent the weekend arguing both sides of the given case. Preliminary rounds took place on Saturday, with the top eight teams advancing to the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Christian Fortier, a second semester student of the School of Business’ paralegal graduate certificate program was chosen to compete in the tournament and credits the competition, including its preparation and coaching, to having improved his overall advocacy skills. “I have a better understanding of how to research a case and argue in front of a judge with confidence” explains Christian.

The main coaches, Michelle Pinto and Omar Ha-Redeye, both faculty at the School of Business have been vital to the growth of the students skills and abilities. “Their coaching helped us to think better on our feet,” said Christian. “With their training, we were ready and eager to put all of our knowledge to the test.”

We congratulate Centennial College’s team members for having participated in the competition, gaining first-hand experience and interacting with other like-minded students, and their coaches for having given them the learning and confidence to do so.

For information on other Centennial’s School of Business competitions and coaching, visit https://www.centennialcollege.ca/school-of-business-blog/2014/march/21/preparing-for-the-cga-ontario-case-competition.aspx

By Resham Karfa