Tarun Kovvali almost jumped with joy when he heard that his team had won the case. He stopped himself when it struck him that he was still in court, rather moot court.
The 21-year-old and his team from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, had won the prestigious 7th Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition held in Mumbai on Saturday.
“We were confident of winning because our arguments were strong and research sound. But just to present a case in front of such an eminent panel of judges was a honour,” he said.
Moot courts are provisional courts that give law students a platform to hone their skills by arguing about hypothetical cases after research on the given case. Law colleges in the city have a very vibrant moot court culture and host some of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the country.
The 56-year-old moot court association of Government Law College is the oldest in the country. “The D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition is the most prestigious event in the country with students from all over the world wanting to participate in it,” said Raunak Shah, the head of association.
The numerous moot competitions held across the city during the year give aspiring lawyers an insight to the real world of legal battles. Courtroom formals, which include black trousers, white shirt and a blazer, is the dress code for these competitions. What began as a simple experience of the legal field has today become a competitive and challenging part of law education in the city. “Moot courts are an integral part of our law college. We hold various intra-moots throughout the year in which both seniors and freshers participate. Our moot courts are preceded by several workshops that help us immensely,” said Sagar Sheth, a second year law student at Pravin Gandhi College of Law.
Every law college has a moot court association, which handles the organisation of the annual moots and recruits students to represent the college at inter-moot competitions. To judge their moot courts, prominent judges from the high court as well as Supreme Court are roped in. “Justice Sikri of the Delhi High Court was part of the bench of our national moot court competition,” said Mutahhar Khan, conveyor of the moot court association of Rizvi Law College.