Mooting is the most popular activity in any law school, but it is not a cakewalk. It requires months of extensive research, exceptional formatting, drafting, and strong arguments on the D-day. Often students planning to enter the world of mooting are confused, whether it is actually worth the time and effort? And, these confusions are justified because mooting is no child’s play. However, mooting is not a mere competition. It is not all about winning and losing. As a mooter, one gains a lot and there is nothing to lose because no learning is disadvantageous. Below is a list of six benefits of mooting, which makes it a must-do activity in law school:
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1. Mooting drastically improves your research skills
Legal research is usually underestimated, but it is no less than an art. If you master research skills, then you have a bright future in the legal fraternity. There is no better activity than mooting which will aid you in polishing your research skills. (Read: Qualities of a Good Researcher) You will have to research for months on one moot proposition. Through this process, you will get a hang of the different research databases. Sometimes the moot problems are so complex that you will have to exploit these databases deeply. Soon, without you even realizing, you would know the in and out of the search tools in research databases.
2. Mooting shoots up your confidence
Jason Day, the great Australian golfer said,
‘When you have a lot of confidence and you feel like nobody can beat you, it’s game over for everyone else.’
As humans, you can’t always know everything. At times, what you just need is a ‘spoonful of confidence’. Confidence sometimes acts as an excellent shield. Believe it or not, it is a great tool that will come handy when you appear for interviews or when you approach the court to argue your first legal case. Participation in moot court competitions is inarguably the best way to gain confidence in your speech.
3. Mooting levels up your understanding of a certain law
The learning opportunities for most law students are generally restricted to classroom teaching, which is not enough for critically understanding any law. The best professors have time restrictions and have the pressure to cover the syllabus in a limited time frame. Even if you read commentaries, you simply understand opinion-based views on any particular area of law. Mooting is the best exercise for improving your grip over any area of law. While researching you will come across many intricate details of the law. And, most of the exciting part of this exercise is getting to build your own interpretation and understanding of the law.
4. Mooting gives you direction in your career
It is very common amongst law students to be confused about their choice of law to pursue a career. Mooting will help figure out your area of interest. The entire process of research will act as an eye-opener. Once you find the area of law you are interested in, you can keep building upon it in a number of ways. You can do internships in that area, write research papers, attend conferences, participate in more court competitions on the same subject, pursue an LLM on the subject, etc.
5. Mooting is the best place for networking
The other benefits of Mooting include networking. A strong network is what keeps a lawyer going. Moot Court Competitions are the best place for strengthening your network. These competitions attract participants from almost all major law schools in the country. Some competitions also allow international entries. You can interact with students and build your network. Most moot court competitions also invite prominent personalities in the legal fraternity. If lucky, you may even get the opportunity to interact with them. Some moot court competitions also provide internship opportunities to the winners.
6. Mooting polishes up your speaking skills
Continuous mooting will help you improve your speaking skills. As a speaker, you will learn how to argue and convince others with your points. It will give you the spontaneity to answer critical and tricky questions. Good speaking skills do not only mean speaking in fluent English. It involves the right usage of hand gestures, expressions, voice modulation, and most importantly, concise articulation. Mooting will teach you the art of keeping your arguments short and crisp while still delivering the complete essence. Also read, how to prepare for Oral Rounds in Moot Court Competitions.
About the Author: Yashi Agrawal is a 4th Year student at Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur. She is currently holding the post of the Co-Convenor of the Moot court Committee. Ever since she came to know of it, she has been immensely lured by the world of mooting. She also has great experience in writing blogs for law students.
About the Editor: Shivangi Bajpai is a graduate from National Law University Odisha. As a fresher in law school, she was a part of an online law school magazine called Ergo (lawyergo.com) which was largely a peer-connect platform for students from law fraternity. She has remarkable research skills and was a researcher in Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition, in her second year of law school. She considers herself a solution-oriented individual making her an effective problem solver.