Interview with Winners of Christ Moot Court Competition 2015 [CMR Law College]: Co-ordination & Hard Work Equals Success

Our team’s forte was co-ordination and hard-work, which was done by each and every individual. Each and every member of our team worked together as a team and each member of the team is talented in their own ways.

Below is an interview of Aditya Paul, Nidhi Sahay and Jigyasa Mehra of CMR Law College, Bangalore. They won the 6th National Moot Court Competition, held at School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore. The questions have been answered by Nidhi Sahay on behalf of her team. Interview has been taken by S. Aishwariya.

National Moot Court Competition, 2015: Winning Team

What was the primary motivation behind choosing to do the SLCU National Moot Court Competition?

SLCU’s National Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the country. Our college has been participating in it and was runners-up in 2014.

That runners up position of our college in 2014 motivated us to participate in this year’s edition and win the competition. Our moot competition faculty-in-charge Mrs. Chanchana Pillip has been our motivation and support behind us taking part in SLCU moot.

How was the process of preparation? How did you go about the entire stage? How long did you work on the problem, and what was the most challenging phase?

The entire process of preparation was a memorable experience. We came to know about the moot only on August 18th 2015 and had formed team and start working on it. We divided the work and maintained deadlines as memorial submission was on 30th August 2015 and we had only 12 days in hand. The work required was immense.

The most challenging days were August 29 & 30, as we had to complete our memorial and submit to Christ but we had lots of work pending. So we didn’t do anything except moot work in these 2 days.

How was it like working with the team? Did you never have conflicts If you did, how did you resolve them?

It was an amazing experience working with my team which included Aditya Paul & Jigyasa Mehra. I was working on a moot for the 1st time with Aditya Paul who is our senior and he was very co-operative and patient.

He used to point out our mistakes and used to tell us what changes must be done. As each one of us focused on our responsibilities and respected the given deadline it helped us as a team. The ample creative freedom helped us work without any conflict within the team.

What do you think are your team’s fortes? This could even be every individual member’s talents and how it helped the team go further.

Our team’s forte was co-ordination and hard-work, which was done by each and every individual. Each and every member of our team worked together as a team and each member of the team is talented in their own ways.

Qualities of each member helped the team to go further in competition like Paul’s in depth knowledge and patience and our hard work and perseverance.

How many teams were you up against in the competition? Which team would you consider to be your toughest competition?

There were 59 teams from various parts of the country, and the level of competition was very high. The toughest team we faced was the National Law India University Bhopal (NLIU) team.

We faced NLIU in our semi-final round and it was the most challenging round for us. Qualifying for the finals was very difficult, and we put our best into it.

How was the final round and who were you up against? How would you describe the opposing team? 

Our final round was extremely tough as we were arguing before Hon’ble justice Katju, which was a challenge in itself. In the final we were up against Symbosis Law School, Pune.

SLS Pune’s team consisted of 3 extremely talented members and they gave us a tough competition in the final with the crisp and precise arguments. We learned a lot from their professional approach. It was a great experience to be up against them.

What message would you like to pass on to the mooters and the non-mooters?

The message which I would like to give all non-mooters will be to start mooting, as it is a very important part of every law student’s life. It helps each and every law student to expand the horizon of their knowledge of law and helps them in giving a practical approach.

The message which i would like to give all mooters is that they should keep mooting and give their best and gain maximum knowledge from it. We should also try to learn from our past mistakes to excel in upcoming competitions.

Final comments on the level of competition and the organization of the competition.

SLCU National Moot Court Competition is one of the well known moot court competition in India and the level of competition is very high and tough. Each team needs to be outstanding to qualify each round.

The manner in which the moot is conducted is phenomenal as they take care of each and every minute thing related to the moot and the teams which are participating.

The organizing committee puts in their best so that each mooter should get best exposure and experience in SLCU National Moot Court Competition.

Finally, a quick comment on mooting at your college

CMR Law School gives each and every student the opportunity of mooting. A municipal round is conducted by the moot court society of CMR and then based on ranks and the competition coming up the college forms teams and send the students for the competition.

Our faculty Mrs. Chanchana Phillip and our Principal Mrs Pratima are extremely helpful and supportive. They encourage each and every student for moot court competition.

Our college also conducts National Moot Court Competition and National Cross Examination every year for students from various other law colleges and provides them with the platform to develop and enhance there mooting skills.

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