As experts of legal studies claim, law is emerging as one of the popular career choices in India and with the admissions season for legal studies knocking doors; law aspirants must have buckled their belts to claim a seat in NLUs. But before you grab a seat in one of the NLUs, Careers360 shows you a glimpse of some interactive sessions in these NLUs including mooting.
“Mooting is a unique educational tool; which provides an excellent foundation and application for experiential and problem based learning for law students,” says Dr.Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, National Law University Delhi.
In this special series on moot courts, Careers360 in conversation with Dr.Ranbir Singh brings you expert insights on the same.Dr. Ranbir Singh shares an overview of the mooting sessions, its advantages and learning outcome from the mooting activity.
He also talks on how this interactive learning activity which helps in enhancing the overall personality of a law student and also helps in analyzing legal issues.
Read this exclusive interview of NLU Delhi VC to know more on mooting activities.
Excerpts of Interview –
Careers360: Share a brief idea on moot courts?Dr. Ranbir Singh: A moot is a simulation of a court room/arbitration environment, where two teams compete against each other based on a factual problem known as the moot problem. This is a mock case which contains current legal issues for the teams to research and argue on. Moots thus, are the test of the research and presentation skills of the participants.
Careers360: When does the mooting season begin in NLU Delhi?Dr. Ranbir Singh: The mooting season in NLU Delhi begins in April when the Internal Moot Selections (IMS) are held.
The first stage is the memo elimination where the top 50 teams make it to the oral rounds. After the oral rounds, the allocation is done from a pool of national and international moots for the entire year.
The IMS is a major event in the University calendar.
Careers360: How a law student learns from mooting?Dr. Ranbir Singh: Mooting sessions help inanalyzingthe legal issues.The main motive of the mooting activity is to demonstrate the practical side of practicing law.
An oral argument during a mooting activity demands preparation, ability to think quickly and respond convincingly.
Careers360: What attributes and etiquettes students need to possess during a mooting session?Dr. Ranbir Singh: Students must learn to anticipate difficult questions about the legal position and to respond intelligently and persuasively. Therefore, mooting provides an opportunity to learn applicable law and to enhance student’s written and oral advocacy skills.
Careers360: How can Moot Court experience stimulate in student’s learning outcomes and act as an added advantage for them? Dr. Ranbir Singh: Mooting is considered as a unique educational tool. It acts as a basic foundation and application for experiential and problem based learning.
A Moot session requires a high degree of group work, peer learning and stimulates the competitiveness among students. It can also be viewed as a highly interactive advantageous experience.
The chance to exercise language skills directly into the substantive area of legal study seems to positively impact the overall development and learning outcome of a law student.
Careers360: Share a brief idea on moot courts, their importance and practice?Dr. Ranbir Singh: Mooting dynamics are essential in overcoming public speaking fear of the students and helps them to become an extrovert personality from an introvert individual. In such mooting sessions and learning environment, students start to discover their abilities and skills and develop a strong grip over language and law.
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