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“The Mooters” is a weekly series where Bar & Bench interviews the Moot Court Committees of different law schools in the country.
In this piece, the team from Army Institute of Law, Mohali talks about the process of organising a moot, and the benefits of mooting for a law student.
Bar & Bench: How are members inducted into the Moot Court Committee and what are their main responsibilities?
Army Institute of Law, Mohali: The Moot Court Committee comprises two students each from the 3rd year and 4th year and a convener from the 5th year. The selection of the students from the 3rd and 4th year students is done keeping in mind their participation/inclination towards Moot Court Activities and their previous organizational experience. The number of students may be increased if need be. The suggestions regarding the same are given by the Convener and Ex-Convener; to the faculty in-charge who at the end take the final call.
The Committee is responsible for carrying out all the activities in relation to Moot Court Competition. The responsibilities broadly include organization of the National Moot Court Competition; The Intra Institute Moot Court Competitions and conducting eliminations for various National and International Moot Court Competitions. The committee also conducts an induction program for the 1st Year students followed by a Novice Moot Court Competition held exclusively for the fresher students.
In the past the senior members of the committee have also been entrusted with the duty of mentoring the teams representing the institute at Moot Court Competitions.
B&B: What is the process of organizing an inter-college moot court competition? How do you find sponsors?
AIL: The college Moot Court Competition is named Checkmate, which is entering its fifth year. The competition is primarily a Criminal law moot. The proposition is designed mostly by an alumni of the institute with the aim of encompassing an emerging or an unsettled question of law. A separate budget is allocated for the event. In case of lack of budget, our alumni is approached for funding the event.
B&B: How do you select judges for various rounds?
AIL: The judges in the preliminary rounds are mostly ex-students of the institute who themselves were involved in Moot Courts during their college days. This is done in order to make sure that aggressive questioning takes place during the preliminary rounds. In the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, the bench comprises of a blend of academicians and legal practitioners.
B&B: In your opinion, how does mooting benefit a law student?
AIL: Mooting is a bird’s eye view into the practical field of law. In our personal opinion one of the major benefits of mooting is that it teaches the participants the art of drafting which is extremely essential for a student just out of law school. Needless to say it inculcates confidence and an ability to think on the feet.
The Moot Court Committee of Army Institute of Law, Mohali comprises Pratiksha Mishra, Baani Chibbar, Kajal Dalal, Prateek Pratap Singh, Nimisha Menon and Ravleen Kaur.
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