ABOUT MOOT & ADVOCACY SOCIETY (MAS)
The Moot and Advocacy Society (MAS) is a committee of students headed by the faculty advisor, empowered to promote, regulate and control all the student affairs concerning Inter and Intra Moot Court, Mock Trials and other allied Advocacy competitions. The society is constituted of total 17 members from all semesters.
Legal education plays a very dynamic role in the society, Lawyers are considered to be the backbone of society. It is for this sake that quality education in this field is an essential requirement in today’s time. DamodaramSanjivayya National Law University aims to provide just that. Though our University is still at its nascent stage as compared to the more established ones, it is an attempt of our respected Vice Chancellor to develop it into one of the leading institutes in the legal fraternity.
The University was established in 2008, since then it has grown tremendously and has come miles achieving a name for itself. The DSNLU family consists of more than 500 students and faculty. The ultimate aim of the University is to provide the best facilities available to students seeking a bright future in the field of Law. The students at DSNLU enjoy all the facilities that are important for their holistic growth. They are full of enthusiasm and participate in a plethora of national competitions be they academic or cultural and have undoubtedly made a name for themselves and brought accolades to the University. We at DSNLU aim to provide the legal fraternity with the best lawyers who will undoubtedly create a name for themselves and make us proud.
Legal education has become one of the most sought after fields recently. The enrolments in legal courses have seen a drastic increase and with this the competition among students has also increased manifold. As Mooting forms an essential part of any legal education, we at DSNLU recognise the need of training our students in it and honing their argumentative skills. Thus the Moot and Advocacy Society was created in 2012, to provide our students the necessary exposure in the arena of Mooting and research. MAS constantly strives at increasing the skills of our students and also holds various intra university events so that they gain the necessary experience as they prepare themselves to participate in various competitions around the country.
The Committee organizes intra selection moot court competitions which are held within the University exclusively for students of the University. The Committee has prepared a separate set of rules and regulations applicable to the teams selected through these intra moot court competitions. The Committee conducts Open Challenge Rounds to facilitate the students with various Moot Courts. The society is purely dedicated to motivate students to inculcate a positive attitude towards mooting.
RECRUITMENT OF THE SOCIETY MEMBERS
Every academic year, applications are invited for the post of members from all the students of the respective semesters who are interested to be a part of this society. Students are selected by a uniform process every year. The first step in this ordeal is writing a Statement of Purpose expressing an interest in being the part of the society and asserting reasons for the same. The Faculty Convener and other faculty members conduct an interview and shortlist the members who are suitable for the society according to their zeal to work and learn throughout the process, skills, capabilities and past experiences.
INTRA MOOT COURT COMPETITION
The major task of the society is to constitute University moot teams to represent DSNLU at various National and International competitions. A rigorous process is adopted for selection and a moot court competition is organized at University level. Registration of teams is invited and every team consists of 2 Speakers and 1 Researcher. The competition consists of 2 Stages, Prelims and Finals. Researchers Test is also organized which is mandatory for every team. Teams qualifying the first round proceed to the final round and are eligible to represent the University with the permission of the society. A cumulative rank list is published on the basis of final round.
NOVICE MOOT COURT COMPETITION
The society follows a policy of encouraging mooting and in order to inculcate this habit from the very beginning, a mandatory moot competition solely for the first years is organized every academic year. Students participate as speakers and researchers individually. The competition consists of 2 rounds (Prelims and Final) along with a Researchers Test. On qualifying the prelims, the teams proceed to final round. A cumulative rank list is published and these teams are accordingly allotted National Moots in supervision of the society.
INTRA MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
Mock Trail is a rather unconventional form of competition to be organized at University level but it is quintessential for criminal advocacy. The society organizes an Intra Mock Trial Competition annually which follows the standard format having examination in chief and cross examinations of parties and witnesses. The society invites registration and interested teams consisting of 2 Speakers and 1 Researcher can participate. A cumulative ranking is published after the competition and the teams become eligible to represent the University in Mock trials at National and International Level under the supervision of the society.
OPEN CHALLENGE ROUND
The society organizes open challenges throughout the year to encourage mooting and provide an opportunity to the students to represent the University. The society notifies the student about an upcoming National Competition and a team of 2 Speakers and 1 Researcher can register to participate in the open challenge. The winner of the open challenge is eligible to represent the University in that particular competition on National level.
DAMODARAM SANJIVAYYA NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION
DamodaramSanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam in association with Competition Commission of India [CCI] organises the national moot court competition every year. The previous editions have seen participation from different law schools across India competing against each other. We are proud of the high quality of judging by highly distinguished personalities of the Legal Fraternity in the last four editions.
There has been a whirlwind of developments in the global markets through the recent years and it has nothing but created a powerful impact on the domestic Indian market with large scale developments in various sectors further leading to competition amongst not only corporate giants but also the fairly new setups, aiming to gain a place for themselves. Competition is a process of economic rivalry between market players to attract customers. Free and fair competition is one of the pillars of an efficient business environment. Competition is indeed tough! The Competition Law is still in its infant stage, growing rapidly, thus, realizing the need of the current market scenario and the interest of the students.
Law schools/ Colleges/ Institutes/ Universities, recognized by the Bar Council of India, are eligible to participate in the competition. The participants should currently be pursuing their Bachelor’s degree in law i.e., Three Year or Five Year Law Courses.
The financial crisis which gripped world strengthened the need and highlighted the importance of a strong and effective competition policy, a policy which would encourage markets to work well for the benefit of business and consumers, thereby increasing the country’s economic fitness: markets characterized by effective competition makes firms innovate more, keep prices down for consumers and improved total factor productivity drives economic growth. The first act regarding the same was formulated by the United States, as it recognised the potential risks and benefits of a developing international market.
India too, in the wake of recent challenges faced by the economy world over and in the pursuit of globalization followed suit by enacting the Competition Act, 2002. The development ushered a new Competition Regime in India creating a paradigm shift in the business environment of the country. As a considerable number of students enrolled in legal education are ambitious about a future in the corporate field it is an important subject to gain expertise upon. Therefore we chose this subject as the theme of the DamodaramSanjivayya National Moot Court Series. It will not only provide them with a practical experience but also the necessary exposure to the issues faced by the companies at present.