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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 Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia talks about the selection process followed, challenges faced while 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?
Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia: The Moot Court Committee invites applications from all willing students. The ones with the better credentials, achievements, legal prowess are screened. The selected ones comprise the Moot Court Committee headed by a Convenor and co-Convenor. It usually is a pool of five to six members with organizational inclinations.
B&B: What is the process of organizing an inter-college moot court competition? How do you find sponsors?
JMI: Organising a national Moot Court is a gigantic task and takes a lot of perseverance. It starts with the faculty reaching out to a renowned jurist to help us draft the moot proposition based on the theme agreed upon for the year’s competition. After brainstorming table- reads, the final proposition is released along with the schedule and rules regarding the same inviting various law colleges to register.
Publication and legal database houses are usually approached with a proposal of being associated with the event. Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia believes in organizing the event using their own resources and thus sponsors are not taken on board just for the sake of it!
B&B: How do you select judges for various rounds?
JMI: Depending on the theme of the moot court, district judges, High Court judges, Supreme Court Judges, Senior advocates and other advocates and alumni are invited to judge various rounds.
B&B: In your opinion, how does mooting benefit a law student?
JMI: Mooting teaches students legal research, oratory skills, teamwork, and court demeanour. It teaches them to think on their feet. It is a group activity for their overall skill development.
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