Again, it has been a long time since I last posted, to explain, I quote Shakespeare, “hereditary sloth instructs me”.
After a long break (3 months), not having been able to find a job, I am now in the 2nd year of my Law degree. Just thinking about how quickly time flies by makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up… it seems that I have just started to read law not too long ago. The subjects for this year are :
- The Law of Evidence;
- Land Law;
- Company Law; and
- Tort Law.
I shall, as I did last year, participate in the mooting competition again as I seem to have grown to enjoy the fruits of labour it produces, and I shall write quite a bit about my experiences about it below.
To prepare for a 20 minute submission in a moot, hours and hours of research and reading is essential, though wearying, it is a great opportunity for one to hone one’s research and reading skills, skills which are of utmost importance for both law students and practitioners.
The way a mooter drafts his skeleton argument is also a valuable skill, a good draft would allow the opponent to get a grasp of his points of submission but does not reveal the foundations of his case.
Lastly, and the most important part is to keep calm and maintain concentration during submissions. No matter how well prepared a mooter is, standing in front of a ‘judge’ alone is nerve wracking, let alone speak. When I stand in front of a judge, thousands of thoughts run through my mind and inevitably, draws my attention away from my submission. You might be thinking of the accent you are using, your attire, what questions might the judge later ask you, or how your opponent might rebut your points, etc. The aim is to maintain clarity of mind for as long as possible, build your case according to your written submission, speak clear and loud, and systematically navigate through the points. (Some judges get upset when mooters fail to answer question posed by them, and they can ask you any questions, anytime during your submission), and to be able to answer all such questions requires practice. I still remember how the adrenaline started to kick in, chills sent down the spine constantly, the heart starting to race, perspiration started to increase when I mooted for the first time last year. Hopefully I’ll do better this year.
As they say, ‘half the fun in law school comes from mooting’.
Till next time.