Christopher Samuel is the Director of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. He teaches legal analysis, advanced research methods, persuasive writing, and oral advocacy. He also coordinates and oversees the Faculty's competitive mooting program. He has been involved in the Canadian Bar Association as a chair of both the Criminal Justice and the Junior Lawyers sections, a presenter at the Alberta Law Conference, and as one of the directors of Edmonton Law Day.
Christopher studied at the University of Alberta (BSc, 2006) and the University of New Brunswick (LLB, 2010). While at law school, he received multiple scholastic honours, including the New Brunswick Trial Lawyers Association prize for advocacy. He was elected as the valedictorian of his graduating class. After graduation, he obtained a clerkship with the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench. Prior to joining the Faculty in 2018, he was a Crown Prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, and the Alberta Court of Appeal. He began teaching as a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law in 2014.
- Legal Research
- Plain Language Writing
- Legal Analysis
- Competitive Moot Program
Instruction in the fundamentals of legal research, analysis and communication. Students will develop their analytical, research, communication and drafting skills and become familiar with proper citation methods through a variety of practice-related tasks. Exercises in oral communications, advocacy skills and/or a moot court presentation may also be included.
A general introduction to the criminal law, including basic procedure, evidence, and sentencing rules, with primary emphasis on substantive criminal law. Topics include the physical and fault elements of offences, common law and statutory defences, and constitutional principles.
Selection to the Gale Cup, Jessup Moot, Laskin Moot, Kawaskimhon Moot, Western Canada/Sopinka Trial Cup Trial Moot, Canadian Corporate/Securities Moot, Labour Arbitration Moot, Alberta Court of Appeal Moot, Client Counselling Competition, Clinton J. Ford Moot, or other designated moot competition team through a preliminary round competition, preparation of a memorandum, factum or memorial, training in oral advocacy or criminal trial practice through practice rounds, and participation as a representative of the law school at the moot court competition.