New competition gives Paralegal students chance to experience mooting
The School of Business is known for having competitions like OCMC and the CGA Case Competition for a broad spectrum of business students. However, there are other students within the schools who have a different career route, ones specific to law studies. The Paralegal program at Centennial is a three-semester graduate certificate program, consisting of a field placement in the final semester, and now a competition for further practical training.
The first annual Paralegal Society of Ontario (PSO) Student Moot Competition was held on November 23 and 24, 2013, between teams from Centennial College, Seneca College, the Canadian Business College, and Humber College, the hosting college. Each team consisted of two Paralegal students who will exchange a legal debate or moot, about the Bedford v. Canada case, which was an open case waiting for the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision. Industry professionals, such as judges and lawyers, helped judge the moot trials. There are four rounds of mooting on the first day, continuing with the semi-final and final rounds in the second day.
The PSO Student Moot Competition gives college students a chance to practice mooting legal issues, which have been usually reserved for law students. Paralegal is an important part of the law profession, assisting lawyers and having the ability to represent clients in Small Claims Court. At the end of the competition, the Canadian Business College won the top prize, but all students gained skills and experience in courtroom advocacy.