Moot courts, considered a very important platform for law students across the world, expose you to what happens in real courts. In a moot court, students are given a hypothetical case on which they have to do their own research, frame arguments, prepare briefs and appear before judges to argue the case, exactly resembling what happens in a real court. It helps students develop holistic understanding of law. It also trains them on how to develop abstract thinking and facilitates in understanding the latest legal updates.
Importance of moot courts
The exposure that law students gets in moot courts is unrivalled when compared to any other related activity. Moot courts are important for students as they help them to develop important skills for research, analysis and advocacy. Mooting is a critical part of legal education as it trains the students to grapple with issues relating to law from the standpoint of its practical implication while developing their critical thinking and analytical skills. They also help students to develop perspectives to analyze the issues from all angles.
Mooting is actually a conversation between the law student and the judge in a courtroom-like setting, in turn helping a budding lawyer to build upon communication skills and improve his or her level of confidence.
Benefits of mooting
A team these days would consist of five to six students, including a coach who would be either a teacher of Law or a legal professional. Thus, it helps you imbibe the value of teamwork, training you to work in a team.
The moot circle provides students a platform for developing professional network very early. They get a chance to meet lawyers, judges, law teachers, paralegal professionals, etc.
Nitya Bansal, Faculty, School of Law, Sharda University says, “Through moot courts students understand how an advocate prepares a case from a set of facts given by a client. They also give them the opportunity to enhance their research and argumentative skills as well as get accustomed to the verbal courtesies used extensively in court rooms like ‘Your Lordship, my learned friend, with your permission, etc.’ This kind of training should be emphasized more than just the teaching of Laws.”
Shreya Rastogi, an alumnus of NLU Delhi, shares her experience. “It is a great extracurricular activity, because students have to conduct research and formulate arguments,” she said.
Students also feel that colleges give too much importance to moot courts, at the expense of other extracurricular activities. Recruiters from corporate sector look for overall experience of the students on campus, not just what they have learnt during moots.
Prof N. R. Madhava Menon
Moots have now become better organized to maximize learning of skills as compared to the past. With national and international competitions now in vogue, it is robust enough to impart clinical education
Many of the Law Schools establish moot court societies that are led by students. Some of the colleges like the Jindal Global Law School fund students participating in national and international competitions. This enables the students to focus on the preparation, rather than spending their precious time raising funds. “There are several awards and recognition of achievements of the students’ performance in mooting competitions that are institutionalized with a view to encouraging the active participation of the students in mooting,” said Prof. Raj Kumar, VC, O.P. Jindal Global University.
While preparing for a moot court, students perfect the skills that practicing attorneys must have. Moot court experience on the rÃ©sumÃ© also helps in career prospects. Prof N. R. Madhava Menon, well-known legal educator shares his views. “Professional Law education is about acquiring skills and attitudes as much as learning the law. There is no better way of learning skills except experiential learning or learning by doing. Moot courts are simulation exercises to act as what lawyers do in real courts, particularly in appellate courts. Advocacy skills of appreciating evidence, interpreting legal propositions, articulating arguments and responses to the opposite counsel, addressing courts, doing legal research and writing are learnt in moot courts,” the founder Director of NLSIU Bangalore, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and the founder VC of the West Bengal NUJS, concludes.
Int’l moot competitions 2014
Willem C. Vis, Vienna
Price Media Law Moot, Oxford
Jindal Global Law school
BCI International Law Moot Court Competition 2014
Institute of Law, Nirma University
Select moot courts
BCI International Law Moot Court Competition
Philip C. Jessup, Washington
ILS Moot, PUNE
NLSIU International Arbitration Moot Court, Bangalore
Vis East, Hong Kong
Nani Palkhiwala Memorial National Tax Moot Court, Mumbai
GSTM Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, NALSAR, Hyderabad
Asia Cup, Tokyo
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