Picture this: A woman walks out of a coffee shop and dumps her leftover coffee on the sidewalk by the door. Shortly after, an old man passing by slips and falls on the slippery sidewalk. This accident had serious consequences – the old man suffers a pelvic fracture and sciatic nerve damage, which leads to overwhelming medical bills.
When faced with this situation, many people have a vague intuition of who they think is in the wrong, but what would actually happen in a court of law? The Canadian Law and Moot Court Program is a six part course in which students will have the chance to explore questions just like this. Students will learn the law through a structured curriculum that explores the foundations of law, contract law, property law, tort law, criminal law, and constitutional law. In our weekly classes, students will receive a brief clear summary of a legal topic, and then be asked to take on the role of either a plaintiff counsel, defendant counsel, or a judge in a structured moot court environment. In their roles as lawyers and judges, students will be able to explore interesting legal issues and make arguments to support their assigned positions.
Students who are interested in learning rhetoric, argumentation, debate, and exploring basic concepts and issues within Canadian law are all encouraged to take this class. Students will gain confidence through active speaking roles in the classroom, and learn to see legal issues as nuanced and deeply subjective, where both sides of a courtroom can make valid arguments, and where the decision-makers are called upon to make difficult judgements between two often equally attractive positions.
Our teachers are not only experienced in teaching children, they are also experts in the law. They know how to give feedback that is tailored to each students needs, helping them to improve and overcome whatever challenges they may face. Additionally, they are experts in helping the students understand the legal concepts they’ll need to know on the road to becoming an exceptional debater and leader.
What Students Will Learn
Key Skills and Concepts
Meet Your Teacher: Kevin Tjia
Kevin is a lawyer called to the BC Bar in 2016. He has received numerous awards and achievements, including the Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP Prize in Canadian Constitutional Law, the Begbie Trophy for mooting in BC, the J.S.D. Tory Prize for Advocacy, and the Dr. Ira Dilworth Prize in English. He designs and teaches the Canadian Law and Moot Court Program at Future V Institute.
Foundations of Law
Real World Partnerships