Covid-19 has posed several unprecedented situations for everyone around the world. Most of the moots were either canceled or postponed indefinitely. However, many organizers also decided to conduct the oral rounds for moot court competitions via online methods. Others followed suit and virtual moot court competitions are now trending amidst this pandemic. Participating in an online moot court? Here is your complete guide:
1. GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE STREAMING APP
Mooting online is something that all of us are experiencing for the first time. To avoid difficulties, the first step should be to understand the technicalities of the platform being used to conduct such competitions. This pandemic has led to the mushrooming of online applications for video conferencing. Be sure to pre-install the video conferencing application and use it a couple of times to avoid any technical glitches.
2. HAVE ONLINE DEMO MOOT SESSIONS
As you will be participating in an online moot court competition for the first time, be sure to grasp the process through which the competition well. You should conduct multiple demo sessions. This would help you get acquainted with this system of moot court competitions. Despite the virtual moots being a nascent concept, demo practice sessions will help you overcome the hesitation that might arise in this first-time venture of yours.
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3. CREATE A BACKUP FOR ALL RESEARCH
As the moot court competition is being held online, you and your teammates will be working from home. This comes with a lot of associated problems primarily including the sharing of research material. An easy way out would be to create a google drive link accessible by all team members. This will make help coordinating with your teammates an easier task.(Read: Qualities of a Good Researcher)
4. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE ONLINE MODE OF WORK
Now that you are preparing for your moot at home, you do not have your college library to rely on. This makes life difficult. With no books or hard copies to read from, you should acquaint yourself with online reading and learning. Online databases will now be your go-to resource. Make sure you are ready to endure long hours of screen time. If you are new to mooting and want to start in this lockdown, you can checkout online memorial making courses by Memo Pundits.
5. ENHANCE YOUR RESEARCH SKILLS
Your moot court is being conducted online. But that is not an excuse to compromise on research. You may lose out if your research is not up to the mark. To deal with this hurdle, make the best out of online legal databases. Look for as many cases as you can to substantiate your arguments. Refer to reputed journal articles and open-source E-Books available to build a strong foundation. You could also refer to various webinars that are being conducted if it is relevant to your moot proposition. The last but not the least would be to read quality articles to understand the legal principles and apply them accurately to the facts of the case.
6. REMEMBER THE BASICS
The only bit that changes with virtual moot court competition is that the real-time interactions turn to virtual sessions. But, the rest of your basics remains the same. You still need to focus on formatting, research, and speech like any other moot court competition. You might have to work a little harder on your research to compensate for the limited availability of books. The process of preparation might seem a little difficult, being miles away from your teammates. But do not let such blockades become a hurdle in your goal. Put in your best efforts to compensate for all the adversities.
Covid-19 has brought in extraordinary and unrivaled crisis for the entire world: moot courts are no exceptions. As law students do not while away your time. The opportunity of virtual moot court competitions should be utilized to its fullest. This is one of the best ways to be productive in the times of this catastrophe.
Working with your utmost dedication, keeping the basics in mind, and putting in some extra efforts is the key to ace any virtual moot court competition. Meanwhile, if you need any assistance, always turn to your favorite mentor- Memo Pundits. Happy Mooting!
About the Author: Akshat Tiwari is student at NMIMS Kirit P Mehta School of Law, Mumbai. He likes mooting and is keen of doing research work.
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.