She’s a II-Year Law Student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab and recently participated in the 1st Law Informants’ National Moot Court Competition 2021 (LINMCC 2021) with her team that comprised of Manvee Sharma and Mehvish Alam. They were adjudged as Winners of the competition. The following interview describes their journey.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF BRIEFLY (subject inclination, personal comfort in speaking or researching, background, experience, etc.)
I entered into the moot during my first year at law school and this was the first ever moot that I participated in. I enrolled as a speaker as I have naturally been quite comfortable at public speaking since childhood. This has perhaps been one of the most fruitful and enlightening experience as we got valuable feedback from the esteemed judges that is going to guide us in the future as well. Ultimately, I will be eternally grateful that this endeavor culminated with accolades for me and my teammates.
Role in the team: Speaker
HOW DID YOU COMPREHEND THE MOOT PROBLEM EFFECTIVELY? ANY TIPS?
I read the problem twice to ensure I had thoroughly understood what issues were being raised and which conflicts arose. Having understood that, I proceeded to research on the law points involved in the proposition. The most pertinent advise I could give to any one pertaining to the moot prop would be to discuss with your teammates to get a fresh perspective and delve into some of the points that you had missed at the first glance in detail.
WHAT WERE THE MAJOR CHALLENGES THAT YOU FACED WHILE RESEARCHING/ PREPARING FOR ORAL ROUNDS ON THE PROPOSITION?
Perhaps the biggest obstacle in the course of our research was due to the fact that it was online, and sometimes it was difficult to coordinate amongst ourselves. But ultimately, we figured it out and the outcome was fruitful.
WHAT PART OF THE PREPARATION AND RESEARCH DID YOU LIKE THE MOST AND WHY?
I liked the aspect of team work and the team spirit that such a competition inevitably instills in you.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A MENTOR IN THIS MOOT? IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A MENTOR?
I would not say it is necessary to have a mentor, but it definitely helps and allows you to present your ideas to an unbiased third person who can give constructive feedback and enable you to be more centered and composed by virtue of their mere presence. Thus, for the mental aspect itself, find a mentor if you can.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON AND TAKE AWAY YOU WOULD SAY?
This experience has indeed been a learning curve and among the myriad of lessons that I picked up along the way, the one that stuck with me the most was that learning to manage your time is key to a good presentation of arguments. You need to have a rough structure in mind, but you also need to be flexible to accommodate the time spent on answering questions and other variables that you did not foresee while preparing your speech
ANY THREE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THE COMING TEAMS?
The first order of business while going about your research would be to have a solid grasp on your moot prop. To do this, read and discuss upon it as much as possible. In case of any doubt, ask for clarifications. Remember, it is virtually impossible to do good research if you are confused about your prop itself. Secondly, always begin with the bare legal provisions first. You have to lay a foundation for your understanding and interpretation of the law and then you can go ahead and consult case laws and conceptual articles or books around the subject matter. The last tip is for the speakers, and that is, to stay calm and composed during the course of your speech. The judges are not there to baffle you or throw you off course, but to assist you and test your knowledge and presence of mind. So ensure that you keep that in mind while juggling the plethora of questions thrown at you!