LEGAL ARGUMENTS AT A MOCK HEARING - Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division

This program of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, is conducted in collaboration with Éducaloi. It introduces Secondary 4 and 5 students to fundamental human rights and helps them learn about important principles at the heart of our democracy.

The program takes place over four class periods. The first two periods are run by the teacher. The third period is run by a volunteer lawyer. And during the fourth period, students argue a mock court case before a judge.

New this year: Teachers can choose to have a volunteer lawyer for two classes — the second and third periods.

Students argue the mock case before the Supreme Court of Canada. The case is based on a real case heard by that court.

For more information, consult the Teacher's Guide.


Registration for Teachers

Registration for Volunteers

To sign up for the Program, fill out this form.  

For the fourth class, you must choose a date when a judge is available. To check the availability of judges consult this calendar.

Law professionals (lawyers or judges) who wish to volunteer for the Program can fill out this registration form (available in french only).


Objectives of the Program

The Program aims to:

  • introduce students to the art of advocacy and develop their oral argumentation skills,
  • introduce students to the workings of the Canadian justice system and human rights and freedoms in Canada,  
  • invite students to reflect on social issues from a legal perspective, and
  • give students an opportunity to interact with lawyers and judges.



1. Guides

Teacher's Guide

Black and White version

(includes instructions, concepts to present and suggested exercises)


See former version (before February 2017)

Student's Guide
Black and White version (for printing) 

(concepts only)


See former version (before February 2017) 

2. Exercice: Your Advice! (practical cases)
Teacher’s Version

Student Version
Black and White version (for printing)

 3. Suggested Cases

Teacher’s Version

(includes all cases)

Student Version


Subject Areas and Competencies

The Program is designed to develop these competencies included in the Quebec education curriculum:

Competency 1:
Uses language/talk to communicate and learn
Competency 1:
Reflects on ethical issues
Competency 1:
Interprets a contemporary world problem
Competency 2:
Reads and listens to written, spoken and media texts
Competency 3:
Engages in dialogue
Competency 2:
Takes a position on a contemporary world issue

The Program also fits in well with these subjects:

  • History
  • French as a second language
  • Personal orientation project

The Program allows students to work on each of the four general competencies listed in the Secondary School Report Card, Cycle Two:

  • exercises critical judgment
  • organizes his/her work
  • communicates effectively
  • works in a team

Consult the Teacher’s Guide for more information.