This piece delves into critical understanding of moot court competitions. What is the meaning of moot court and thereafter how can one effectively perform in these competitions is the main focus of this article.
What is moot court and Moot Court Competition?
Moot court is where the court like situation is created. It can therefore be called an artificial court.Moot court helps students learn to analyze legal issues; its larger purpose is to teach students the practical side of practicing law. A moot court competition simulates a court hearing (usually an appeal against a final decision), in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions, and present oral argument. Moot problems are typically set in areas of law that are unsettled or that have been subject to recent developments. They usually involve two grounds of appeal, argued by each side.
Why moot court is important?
There are many reasons to as to why moot is important. However, mooting enables students:
What are the fundamentals to excel in moot court competitions?
Though the fundamental to excel in these competitions may vary person to person as per their own real experiences, following are some of the fundamental skills and tips which the aspirants must take into consideration:
The very first step for excelling in such competitions is to choose your team wisely. If there is no understanding among the team members, the team cannot perform effectively in the competition.
After formation of the team, next comes in line is your interest area as to what all are the law areas that attract you. If you choose something different from your interest area, there is nothing bad in that; however, it will take more efforts on the part of the team and research.
When you have chosen a particular area of law and thereafter decided to participate in a moot court competition, the entire team is advised to research extensively on each and every point, law, issue involved in the moot proposition. For this you must also divide the workload of research. However it does not convey that you only have to know your part alone; at later stage, the entire team must discuss the whole thing with each other.
A moot problem is always based in facts. The aim of a moot is not merely to present a legal dissertation to the judge, but to explain what the result should be when the law is applied to the facts of a particular case. Therefore, it is important to be aware of exactly what the facts of your moot problem are. Rechecking the facts often will be an important part of any preparation, but to begin with, you will almost certainly be reading the facts to identify the applicable law and the likely legal issues.
The following steps must be taken into consideration while preparing a memorandum:
Some basic tips for moot court competitions
Apart from the above mentioned fundamentals, the following are some of the miscellaneous tips which must be followed by the team members throughout the competition:
With the above-mentioned tips and skills, one must certainly excel in any of such competitions.
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 Supra note 2.
 Tips for moot court tryouts: Oral Arguments do’s and don’ts, https://legal.thomsonreuters.com/blog/moot-court-oral-argument-tips/.