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Bar & Bench: How are members inducted into the Moot Court Society and what are their main responsibilities?
National Law University, Odisha:Every year, during the beginning of the Odd Semester, the Faculty Co-ordinator calls for applications from the student body for being a part of The Moot Society (TMS). The interview for selection is then conducted by a Panel consisting of the Faculty Co-ordinator and four other Faculty members. Questions range from mooting experiences, organizational experience, policy matters, and ideas and plans for TMS and the promotion of mooting and related activities, contemporary issues and the likes. TMS is then constituted of two students (one from Arts and one from the Management stream) from every batch barring the first year, to ensure that proper representation of every Batch and every stream is reflected in the Society.
B&B: What is the process of organizing an inter-college moot court competition? How do you find sponsors?
NLUO: TMS after lengthy deliberations came up with the idea of conducting its National Moot on the theme of Maritime Laws, to accolade the maritime activities in Odisha, which is a major maritime hub in India.
B&B: How do you select judges for various rounds?
NLUO: We conduct multiple events that require the assistance of external Judges. For example, our annual Intra University Moot Court Competition is conducted with the assistance of external Judges and so are the open Challengers for specific Moots like Jessup, Vis, HSF, Stetson etc. Then, there is the National Maritime Moot. In all these instances though, the basic process of identifying the suitable Judges remains the same. We look at the area dealt with in the Problem and then identify the Judges who have expertise in those matters either by virtue of their current profession or by having performed exceptionally well in renowned Moot Court Competitions. After shortlisting the probable Judges, we reach out to them and make an earnest request to come aboard as a Judge for the event.
NLUO: Holistic education is what makes a good law student, where he is not merely required to know the laws and their application but should also be able to analyze the needs and wants of a client, the interests of justice and society, to be able to properly communicate his idea and when there are conflicting opinions on one issue, to be able to subliminally underscore the logicality of his own opinions. The main protagonist in the movie, ‘Thank You For Smoking’, says to his son, “the beauty of argument lies in the fact that if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.” Nothing resonates better with a lawyer than this and nothing comes close to simulating this experience in law school life than mooting. The benefits of mooting to a law student cannot possibly be summarised in a few words but to highlight the prime advantages, mooting helps a student understand a particular subject in depth, challenges him/her to think beyond the prevalent conventional notions, analyse the crux of an issue from both sides and most importantly present them in a lucid, comprehensible manner.