Every month several universities organise moot court competitions. Some universities even organise more than one moot court competition on different subject-matters. This huge variety usually leaves moot aspirants perplexed about the choice of a favourable moot court competition. Your choice of moot is one of the many factors which determine your chances of winning. Mooting requires you to burn the midnight oil for months and a wrong decision can result in all your hard work to go waste. Anxious? Don’t worry! Follow these six simple steps How to Select a Moot Court Competition that suits your circumstances.
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Step 1: Pay Attention to the Name of the Organiser
There are a number of moots being organised each year, but not all are worth investing your time and money. An organiser may be a university, a law firm, an individual, etc. Pay close attention to the name of the organiser. The choice of your moot will depend on your experience and your year of study in law school. If you are novice mooter and want to get acquainted with the concept of mooting, it will not hurt, if you decide to go with a moot that is not well-known.
Step 2: Pay attention to the Edition of the Moot
You must give priority to such moots that have already been organised earlier. This will ensure that the authenticity of the moots. With a number of moot court competitions cropping up, the scope of scams is also high. Try to follow their social media page and analyse the success of the moot. You may even get in touch with the participants of the previous editions and inquire about their arrangements, judges, their organising team, etc
Step 3: Pay attention to the Topic of the Moot
The topic of the moot is the most important determinant for choosing a competition. It’s not necessary that you must have studied the subject-matter of the moot as a part of your curriculum, but it should fall within your interests. You shall feel motivated to research on the moot proposition. You may also go and check out the library to see if you have sufficient reading materials on the topic. Speaking to a senior who has done a moot on the same subject-matter or has related information, can help you get insight into the moot. (Read: Landmark Judgments for any Constitutional Law Moot)
Step 4: Read the Moot Proposition carefully
You must always read the moot problem very carefully. Usually, when organisers open their call for applicants, they release the moot problem simultaneously. (Read: How to read a Moot Problem?) Try and analyse the major issues of the moot proposition. You may also take help from your seniors or faculties. Avoid opting for moots that have not released the moot problem unless it is a celebrated moot court competition and you are genuinely interested in the subject matter of the competition.
Step 5: Calculate the number of days left for the final submission of the Memorial
Mooting is not a cakewalk. Even for an average moot court competition, one requires at least one month to research extensively. If the final date of submission is very near then do not opt for the moot because the paucity of time will not allow you to work efficiently. (Read: How to draft Moot Court Memorial?)
Step 6: Take a look at your Calendar
Carefully look at your calendar and see whether you can invest your time for the moot. Consider factors like the university examinations and the exemption policy to see if you can give your time and energy to the moot without having to compromise with other commitments.
After following these six steps if you find no problem with the choice of your moot, go ahead with it. Memo Pundits keeps organising workshops to answer questions like how to select a Moot Court Competition for the novice mooters. Keep tuned in to Memo Pundits for exciting updates on Moot Court competitions.
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About the Author: Yashi Agrawal is a 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.