On the 28th of August 2021, the BAC Law Society held its first-ever Moot Simulation, an interactive event for participants to get a glimpse of mooting without the scrutiny of profound lawyers and judges that often steer Law students away from partaking in formal Moot Competitions. The event started with a brief introduction, judges and participant guidelines for the Moot Simulation delivered by event emcee, Yashila Kesavan followed by a few words from BAC Law Society President, Navita Sivananthan. There were 20 judges, 20 teams, and 40 participants divided into 10 breakout rooms. In support of Merdeka Flagship month, the moot problems were based on Malaysian Constitutional Law.
Each breakout room, mocking a virtual trial, consisted of four counsels, two paired up participants representing the Applicants and Respondents respectively, a Bailiff, an internal judge from BAC, an external judge from various universities and a committee member from BAC Law Society to foresee the flow of each mooting session.
The Bailiff kick-started the session by putting forth the case beforehand and since it was the Applicant’s case, in which both senior and junior counsels presented their side of the case first. The Respondent then proceeded to present their case and any rebuttal that presented itself. During the presentation of cases, the judges were interactive and diligent in their responses which made the simulation much more authentic.
After the mooting came to an end, the participants were asked to leave the breakout rooms for the judges to deliberate by referring to a score sheet. After about 40 minutes, the participants were then asked to return to their respective breakout rooms where the judges gave some personal and overall feedback to the mooters. Acknowledging the fact that most participants are inexperienced, the judges gave encouraging and constructive feedback and also provided some tips on how the participants can improve their mooting skills based on their own experiences as mooters.
After the judges gave their comments, the participants were keen to learn more from the judges and there was a short Q&A session where the participants gained more catered knowledge to improve their mooting skills. As most of the judges are students as well, the judges understood and related to the standpoint of the participants’ experience allowing a smooth flow of conversation between them.
BAC Law Society’s Moot Simulation also doubled as a networking platform for everyone involved as there was an exchange of Linkedin profiles for those interested in continuing the rapport built during the event. Once everyone was back in the main room for the closing remarks, BAC Law Society’s Vice President, Emilia Lye gave a few words of appreciation and gratitude to our participants and judges. The event emcee proceeded with the closing remarks and handed it off to Club Advisor Mr Nathan for a few words.
Overall, all the effort that was put into this event resulted in a huge success and has been a great experience for participants as well as the committee in dipping their legs in the mooting pool.