Moot Court Advocacy Series – Season IV: ‘Advanced Oral Advocacy’, Episode III: ‘Spicing It Up’

Hi all,

here comes another episode of the Moot Court Advocacy Series! This time let’s focus on how to make your pleading more persuasive and memorable for tribunals. You are right: not only its merits matter. You can – and should – use pure rhetoric to your advantage, to turn a bland speech into a brilliant performance.

There is more to oral advocacy, especially in a moot court environment, than raw strength of your arguments. As it has already been discussed in the previous episode dedicated to storytelling, you are far more likely to persuade the tribunal if your pleading is easy to follow and interesting to listen at the same time. You are aiming for something more than a mere recount of arguments. Luckily, there are many tools at your disposal that will help you achieve it.

Using figures of speech effectively is always a balancing exercise. On one hand, it can help you underline your most important arguments, make a complex argument easier to swallow or conceal a weak point in your line of defence. On the other hand – focusing too much on rhetoric can backfire, especially if your opponents join the game and exploit your own words to their advantage.

Let’s learn how to spice your pleading up, how not to overdo it, and what is strictly forbidden!

  1. Metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech that directly refers to one thing by mentioning another for rhetorical effect. In a moot court environment you will most often hear metaphors either in the intro, while counsels try to set the stage for the tribunal in an engaging way, or at the very end, to conclude in a memorable way. Sometimes metaphors appear also as a way of explaining a particularly complex argument or stress a crucial set of facts. They also tend

Some arbitrators like metaphors a lot and they will praise you for being able to paint a vivid picture of the case. They usually appreciate the effort made by counsels to add this abstract layer to their pleading, especially if the attempt is made in order to explain a particularly complicated point which would be difficult to grasp otherwise.

However, metaphors can be dangerous as well. The first major risk is the one of being misunderstood. Your most important task as a counsel is to make sure that the tribunal understands the point you are making. Members of moot panels are brainy people, but they come from different cultural backgrounds, have read different books, have seen different movies, have different associations with images and objects you might bring up for the purpose of your metaphor. Bear in mind that a metaphor which is perfectly clear to you might make no sense to some who is much older than you, comes from another country or simply – would never use the same image in this particular context.

The second major risk (and from what I have seen it materializes often) is that your opposing counsels take your metaphor and then turn it against you. Quite often metaphors  to be rather easy to reformulate so that they actually hurt your position. If you find yourself confronted with such opportunity – exploit it mercilessly! Tribunals will usually give credit to your opponent for their attempt, but even more to you for your flexibility and ability to react and think creatively.

In my humble opinion, an elaborate metaphor is a figure of speech that is often overused during moot court pleadings. Since it is difficult to find a metaphor which is clever, relevant and understandable at the same time, counsels tend to clutter their pleadings with the ones which are rather random and unnecessary. I would be extremely cautious with metaphors. Use no more than one throughout the entire pleading, apply it strategically and test several times beforehand to make sure it is understandable.

  1. Quotes

Who does not love quotes? ‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants’, Newton once said, and it is true: you can build up on the elegantly phrased, succinct thoughts of other people that suit your line of argumentation. Even though it might seem counter-intuitive in the moot court environment (at the end of the day, it is a formal legal proceeding), I have seen mooties employ quotes quite effectively.

However, there is a catch. Throwing random quotes at the tribunal will not help at all. The quote has to fit the context of the case, come from a know, uncontroversial person which enjoys certain authority. Quoting a successful entrepreneur in order to explain the behaviour of your client in a commercial case or a respected statesman when you represent a public party is probably the best idea.

Remember that quotes can be a double-edged sword, too. A responsive counsel might not have another quote up his or her sleeve to counter yours. However, since application of a quote is a matter of its interpretation, if you do not choose wisely, you might give another party a gift: a way to attack you position by means of alternative interpretation of a sentence or two that were supposed to reinforce it.

  1. ‘Catchy phrases’

Not entirely metaphors, neither comparisons, nor quotes, the so-called ‘catchy phrases’ are usually short phrases which let you articulate a particular thought in a more interesting way which lights up judges’ imagination and automatically engages them. The supply of ‘catchy phrases’ is virtually endless, as the way you phrase or introduce your argument depends on its nature and content. Do you need some examples? There are plenty! From a somewhat overused expression ‘actions speak louder than words’ used to underline inconsistency between arguments made in the courtroom and behaviour of the part visible in the facts of the case, you can carry on and criticize your opposing counsel for ‘cherry-picking the applicable standard’ when they try to selectively apply less and more stringent laws without justification. Instead of saying that the other party is wrong in interpreting provisions of a contract broadly you can call it ‘an unacceptable catch-all interpretation’. And if the other counsel is not too lenient as far as jurisdictional requirements are concerned, instead of explaining to the tribunal that such interpretation is absurd, you should rather claim that they are trying to ‘open a floodgate of claims’. These are just propositions – but if you are capable of inserting a phrase like this here and there you will catch judges’ attention, feed them with thought that will stick and make the whole pleading much more conversation without sacrificing professional allure and healthy distance.

  1. Irony

First of the two figures of speech I would not recommend during a moot is irony. Irony would almost always be perceived as rude and disrespectful either towards the tribunal or the other party. If you are lucky, the panel simply will not get it – but then, they will miss your point entirely and thin you simply must have mispronounced yourself. In conclusion, forget irony – it might be great in social interactions, but not those taking place inside a moot courtroom.

  1. Rhetorical questions

Another one of the forbidden figures it the rhetorical question. The reason is simple – it is the tribunal who asks questions to counsel during a pleading, not the other way round. Maybe when you engage in a very dynamic conversation with a particularly hot bench you can resort to formal question tags in order to stress your crucial points. However, never direct a question at the tribunal and wait for it to be answered.

As you can see, spicing up your pleading is like walking through a minefield: you need to take very cautious steps or otherwise you risk making serious damage to your own position. However, if you succeed, your pleading will definitely win the judges’ hearts!

All the best,

Marek

Moot Court Advocacy Series – Season IV: ‘Advanced Oral Advocacy’, Episode II: ‘The Art of Rebutting (and Surrebutting)’

Hello everyone!

Today we will discuss an essential part of every moot court pleading – rebuttals and surrebuttals.

In simple terms, a rebuttal is a direct answer to the other party’s oral argument. It usually occurs after both parties conclude their pleadings. The party which started the argument has the right for rebuttal. The responding party has the right for surrebuttal, which is an answer to the rebuttal.

Rebuttals and surrebuttals are important for several reasons. Firstly, they are your last opportunity to make a lasting, positive impression on the tribunal and convince it of the strength of your arguments. Secondly, they are your last opportunity to undermine the other party’s position, cast doubt on its credibility or logic. Effective rebutting and surrebutting is by no means easy: it requires careful selection of arguments and wording, clarity and wit. A brilliant rebuttal can win the hearts of judges and arbitrators. A terrible one – cost you a lost pleading.

How to make sure that you rebut and surrebut in a way that every tribunal will like?

  1. Reserve time at the beginning of the pleading

In order for a rebuttal or a surrebuttal to actually happen, you have to reserve time for it in the first place. At the very beginning of the argument (usually when the panel asks the parties to introduce themselves and give their time allocation) you should mention that the parties reserved time for rebuttals and surrebuttals. You and the other team do not necessarily have to reserve the same amount of time.

Bear in mind that arbitrators at times forget about the fact that the parties reserved time for rebuttals and surrebuttals. If it happens, do not be afraid to remind them that you agreed on it in your time allocation.

Rebuttals and surrebuttals are an essential part of every pleading which is often required under the rules of competitions. However, even if they are not obligatory, I would not skip them: judges and arbitrators enjoy them and might be surprised if the parties agree to skip them.

  1. Make it short

An effective rebuttal (and surrebuttal) is always short. You should not reserve more than one minute for it, and ideally it should take you around thirty or forty seconds.

Reserving two or more minutes for a rebuttal does not make sense. It dilutes the message you want to convey or prompts you to address too many points. Unlike the core submission, rebuttals and surrebuttals must not be extended even if you need more time – you simply have to make it within the time you initially reserved.

Many people believe that they should reserve more time for their rebuttals, because otherwise they will not be able to address all arguments put forward by the other party. It is a mistake – you are not supposed to address ALL arguments. Your task is to pick one or two. Why? It leads me to my second point…

  1. Make it sweet

A effective rebuttal is direct, punchy, concise and memorable. In order to achieve it, you need to follow a few easy rules.

Firstly, you rebuttal should target a point from your opponent’s pleading which is both important and exposed. It makes little sense to pick a secondary issue or a minor mistake – they do not have the necessary potential to turn the case in your favour. Furthermore, you should attack a weakness, an aspect of your opponent’s argument that caused the tribunal to raise an eyebrow over his or her submission. It might be a misinterpretation of facts, an incorrect application of a particular provision, selective quotation from relevant case law… Usually you have at least a couple weak spots to exploit. Which one to choose? You have to judge it on case-by-case basis. The more intimately you know the record and the case law, the more likely you are to connect the dots an deliver a true coup de grâce to your opponent (or save your case on rebuttal).

Secondly, you should address one, maybe two point. You might have four excellent counterarguments, but when you rebut, less is more. You have to leave the judges or arbitrators with a lasting impression that your opponent’s case is ungrounded, that key points in their argument lack merit. It is difficult to do if you try to squeeze too much into a one-minute-long speech. Your arguments are less persuasive and your opponent’s weaknesses less glaring when you elaborate o them for too long. Lastly, the longer you rebut, the more time you give to the other party’s counsel to prepare a defense for the surrebuttal.

Thirdly, your rebuttal  should not provoke questions from the panel. Although it is rather uncommon for arbitrators to ask questions during rebuttals, it happens if counsels say something unclear, controversial or use a sweeping statement that can confuse the panel. There is too little time to shed more light on your position at this point, so be careful.

  1. In your surrebuttal – be responsive

Surrebuttals’ aim is to counter the effect a rebuttal may have. Many moot court participants misunderstand its purpose and try to attack other points from the opposing counsel’s pleading. Unfortunately, when you surrebut you do not have this comfort: a correct and effective surrebuttal counters only the points raised during a rebuttal. This is why it makes even less sense to reserve more than one minute for it – what you actually need is time for a few short sentences explaining why the rebuttal that the arbitrators have just heard is entirely ineffective. All in all, surrebuttal is probably the most difficult part of the responding party’s pleading. You never know what the other party brings up and have literarily seconds to react. Nevertheless, as it is the very last sentence that the bench hears during a pleading, its impact on the result of a hearing can be significant.

  1. Waiver only if you must

In principle, you should never waive your right for rebuttal. Moot court problems are by definition balanced. Whether you represent claimant or respondent, there are always strong and weak points in their respective positions (or good and bad selections of arguments). Even the best opponent will give leave you room for strong counterarguments.

As far as surrebuttal is concerned, the situation is slightly more complicated. Again, in principle you should not waive it. There are two exceptions. Firstly, no surrebuttal can occur if the other party waives their rebuttal. Secondly, if you are confronted with an extremely unclear, pointless or weak rebuttal, in some cases it is fine to let go. Respect the tribunal’s precious time and do not waste it in case it is not worth it.

I hope that now you will be able to turn your pleading into a smooth and .

All the best,

Marek

How to Win Moot Courts gives an advocacy workshop this weekend. Feel free to join!

Hi everyone,

it is just a short post to let you know that I am giving a workshop regarding oral advocacy this weekend. On 21st January (Sunday) I am meeting with participants of the Warsaw High School Moot Court. You can join these ambitious, young people (who take part in a moot even though they are not law students yet!) to learn about the basics of persuasion and public speaking.

The workshop will be held in Polish. You can find the details of the event here.

All the best and see you on Sunday,

Marek

Call for applications for the Arbitrator’s Quest!

Hello everyone,

I have excellent news – the 4th edition of an international mock trial competition organized by a Vienna-based law firm Konrad & Partners has begun 🙂

This annual competition aimed at attracting students from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe is an opportunity to win a paid internship. Deadline for applications: 26th February 2018!

You can learn all the details on the Konrad & Partner’s website.

Good luck,

Marek

Moot Court Advocacy Series – Season IV: ‘Advanced Oral Advocacy’, Episode I: ‘Storytelling’

Do you know what we, homo sapiens sapiens, love above all? Good stories. We have been telling them since the dawn of time. Everyone enjoys listening to gripping tales. Judges and arbitrators are not different.

A case pending before the court is always a story. Unfortunately, it usually seems tedious and complex… unless counsels do something about it. If you are able to turn the facts of your case into a coherent, engaging narrative, then you are in a good position to swing the tribunal in your favour. Your points are more likely to be heard, your arguments will resonate stronger and the panel will have a better understanding of your position. Just because it will pay more attention.

Easier said than done? Each case is different, each provides different challenges and opportunities. However, there are a few basic steps you can take to make sure that the story you will be telling the tribunal is easy to digest and engaging.

  1. Find a theme for your case

A ‘theme’ is an underlying motive you attach to your case. Its aim is twofold: Firstly, it is a glue which binds all your arguments together, the very essence of what your position is all about. Secondly, it should demonstrate that the sense of fairness and justice will suffer if the court or tribunal rules against you. A theme can be understood as a recurring message you put across so that it stays with the tribunal and is taken into account in their decision-making process.

A good theme is short and simple. You should be able articulated in one or two sentences. It should cause no outrage or surprise and be derived from facts and law relevant for the case which support the position of the party that you represent.

Themes can differ significantly depending on the circumstances of each case. They may stress equity or legal certainty, procedural propriety or effective administration of justice. In a commercial dispute a theme can be build e.g. around an attempt of one party to burden the other with the consequences of their business mistakes in an unfair way. In an investment case it could be disguising an illegitimate takeover of private property as an action in the public interest. And so on, and so forth.

Finding a credible theme that you can come back to an use in the course of your pleading is by no means easy. Ask yourself a question: what this particular case is all about? Once you have this big, yet accurate picture, it will give both you and the arbitrators judging your performance a sense of meaning and direction.

  1. Draw a map of your pleading with clear borders  

It is easy, is it not? Well, maybe if you stick to the regular ‘introduction – arguments – conclusions’ scheme. To make sure your pleading maintains good flow, you have to move beyond it. Arbitrators or judges need to know at all times at which point of the pleading you all are.

To lay foundation of clarity, you have to begin with a good intro. A perfect introduction has to include a roadmap in which you briefly, but exhaustively explain what are your submission and in which order you will address them. E.g., the tribunal has to know that firstly, you will argue that it has jurisdiction over the dispute and secondly, that interim measures requested by respondent lack merit and should not be granted. Signpost when you move to our first submission and when you conclude it to move to the next one. If you jump straight to the argument and fail to signal that you finish it to discuss another one you almost guarantee that the judges will get lost at least for a second (human attention span is really limited and not all moot arbitrators have mastered mindfulness, I guarantee).

The same logic should be applied to the core of each of your submissions. Each of them will be likely supported by a couple of arguments which will require discussing them in a structured way. Again, before you go deeper, and to build on the previous example, stress at the very beginning that the tribunal has jurisdiction, since the parties signed a valid arbitration clause and your client followed al the pre-arbitral steps instead of jumping straight to countering your opponent’s arguments.

It is your responsibility to make sure that at all times the tribunal knows where your story is going. In lengthy arguments that you will be making this sense of clarity will be highly appreciated.

  1. Use connectors and linkers to keep your speech smooth

Without connections you are doomed – your pleading will be disjointed, confusing and unpersuasive. It is not enough to outline what you will discuss and signpost when you move from one issue to another. To be a great storyteller, you need to go further, up to the level of a single sentence.

Sentence connectors and phrase linkers give flow to your argument, skeleton for your syllogistic thinking when you are making a legal argument and contrast when you need to compare and distinguish. Without using the words ‘therefore’, ‘hence’, ‘consequently’ it will be difficult to demonstrate you are reaching a conclusion. Without ‘however’, ‘nevertheless’ or ‘likewise’, a positive or negative inference you draw will not resonate well. If you fail to connect different parts of your pleading this way you hurt your story.

  1. Do not get distracted or carried away

In a perfect world when you plead and you feel the flow nobody should feel like interrupting you. The best pleaders simply leave no door (or window) open for questions or interruptions because their argument is so smooth: one thing leads logically to another without the need for any clarifications. Even when you are in the zone, you may still get questions. Do not lose your focus then. Answer them like an expert and return to your structure and sequence of arguments you were planning to follow. They should be at worst a minor disruption, no a reason for you to abandon the story you were recounting altogether.

  1. Check if the tribunal follows

It is necessary to make sure that you and the tribunal are on the same page all the time. You can see it from their body language, eye contact and reactions. If you see that arbitrators did not understand a particular point you were making, it is fine to rephrase is, support it with a real-life example or use an alternative you have up your sleeve. When you notice their attention disappearing, you can gently wake them up by beginning he next phrase with a direct exclamation, like – ‘members of the tribunal’. When you realize they cannot find a page in the record, wait for them. The point of observing the tribunal is vital, since once the connection you have is severed for some reasons, it takes precious seconds to re-establish it – and it always might be the precious seconds when your key argument is made.

A transition from a pleading which is just an orderly presentation of arguments to a story that every judge would enjoy is a difficult process. However, I hope that now, with a mindset of a storyteller, you will at least try!

All the best,

Marek

 

 

How to Win Moot Courts celebrates its 1st birthday – and has a gift for everyone!

Hi everyone,

How to Win Moot Courts Blog celebrates its first birthday! It was on 7th January 2017 when the very first post was published… Since then, the blog has grown a lot – and much of the new content is a result of your questions and suggestions! A loud ‘Happy Birthday’ definitely goes to the committed How to Win Moot Courts community, too!

An anniversary is also an opportunity to take a step further. In this case, I am happy to tell that How to Win Moot Courts will have its own YouTube channel! It has already been set up and I hope to fill it with moot court related videos soon 

For now – please subscribe to the How to Win Moot Courts channel to give it a good start!

Best wishes,

Marek

How to Win Moot Courts – New Year plans!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you have already recovered from the New Year’s Eve parties you attended. I wish you all the best in 2018 – and in particular, a lot of successes in moot courts!

New year is obviously the time when we make resolutions and plans. How to Win Moot Courts Blog is not different: there is a lot of new content I would like to share with you and a couple of exciting projects I am hoping to complete by the time 2018 is over! What am I planning to deliver in the upcoming months?

1. Three new seasons of the Moot Court Advocacy Series

After sharing some basic information and advice regarding written advocacy, oral advocacy and teamwork I would like to dig deeper. I am working on new articles regarding advanced oral advocacy, fundraising for the purpose of taking part in a moot, as well as organization of pre-moots and conferences.

2. Three new guides for particular moot courts

2017 was quite a busy year for the blog – not only due to content creation, but also because of new relationships I tried to make to develop How to Win Moot Courts further. I am very happy to announce that together with organizers of three large moot courts I decide to prepare special guides dedicated entirely to these competitions. I cannot disclose more yet, but I am very excited about this cooperation and hope it will turn out to be useful for participants.

3. …and a small surprise I cannot disclose yet.

One week from now, How to Win Moot Courts Blog is celebrating its 1st anniversary. To celebrate it, I am going to launch a new channel through which you will be able to learn a lot more. Stay tuned – I am sure you will love it!

All the best,

Marek

 

How to Win Moot Courts wishes you all a very Merry Christmas!

Dear All,

it is just a short post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2018, hopefully full of successes in the moot courts you are taking part!

The How to Win Moot Courts Blog will be celebrating its first anniversary shortly. I am going to share my plans for 2018 soon. One thing is certain – there are is a lot of exciting content and many new, interesting projects ahead of us!

Stay tuned for the New Year’s update. But for now, I wish you again all the best.

Cheers,

Marek

[POST IN POLISH] 8 powodów, dla których powinniście rzucić wszystko i wziąć udział w moot court’cie

Student prawa to dzisiaj często zajęty człowiek. Uniwersytety oferują ogromną ilość zajęć i aktywności do wyboru: konferencje, koła naukowe, wymiany, konkursy, publikacje… Od przybytku głowa (podobno) nie boli, ale doba ma tylko 24 godziny. Dlatego powinno się wybierać to, co zapewni najlepszy zwrot z inwestycji Twojego czasu. A dla przyszłych prawników jest to właśnie moot court – symulacja procedury rozstrzygania sporu prawnego.

Oto 8 najważniejszych powodów (niekoniecznie w tej kolejności) dla których podczas studiów powinieneś choć raz wziąć udział w moot’cie:

1. Uczysz się stosowania prawa w praktyce

Moot court polega na próbie rozstrzygnięcia fikcyjnego sporu prawnego w toku odpowiedniej procedury. Podczas konkursu wcielasz się w rolę profesjonalnego pełnomocnika, który w takim sporze reprezentuje jego stronę. Żeby rozwiązać sprawę na korzyść swojego klienta, musisz zachować się jak praktykujący prawnik: zbadać fakty, zidentyfikować, poznać i właściwie zastosować odpowiednie przepisy, przekonująco uargumentować swoje stanowisko. Moot court jest więc okazją, by wcześnie zacząć wykorzystywać prawo tak, jak dzieje się to w prawdziwym życiu.

Jedną z najczęściej i do znudzenia prowadzonych dyskusji jest to, czy uniwersytety przygotowują swoich przyszłych absolwentów do zawodu, czy jedynie egzaminują z tego, jak dobrze nauczyli się na pamięć przepisów (które i tak za rok albo pięć lat, ale w końcu w większości się zmienią). Niezależnie od tego, jak to wygląda na Twojej uczelni, masz okazję zrobić krok do przodu. Zamiast wkuwać to, co podetkną Ci pod nos, możesz sprawdzić, co wynika z tego w praktyce.

2. Uczysz się pisać jak prawnik

Pisanie to w świecie prawniczym chleb powszedni (chociaż rzadko dostaje główne role w serialach – jest zbyt czasochłonne i monotonne na wypakowane akcją i romansami odcinki). Umowy, pozwy, wnioski, zażalenia, opinie prawne… Najprawdopodobniej się tego naprodukujesz, a ich treść i forma będą mieć kolosalne znaczenie. Umiejętność przelewania swoich racji na papier w sposób, który przekona do nich sędziego albo postanowień umowy tak, by chroniły Twojego klienta od niepożądanych ryzyk jest bardzo cenna i nie da się jej zdobyć inaczej, niż trenują. Moot court podczas którego musisz najczęściej przygotować pisma procesowe – pozew i odpowiedź na pozew – potraktuj jako poligon doświadczalny dla swoich umiejętności.

3. Uczysz się mówić jak prawnik

Nie mniej ważne od pisania jest umiejętność przekazywania swoich racji ustnie. Oczywiście, minie trochę czasu zanim naprawdę będziesz miał okazję wystąpić przed sądem czy trybunałem. Jednak kiedy się już przed nim znajdziesz, wyćwiczone podczas moot court’u techniki zwięzłego i perswazyjnego formułowania Twoich myśli i opanowanie przy występach publicznych na pewno się przydadzą.

4. Uczysz się pracować w zespole

Ludzie epoki internetu, podłączeni od najmłodszych lat do sieci, miewają podobno problemy z pracą zespołową –  przyszli prawnicy nie są tutaj wyjątkiem. Tymczasem umiejętność koordynacji zadań, podziału obowiązków, priorytetyzacji, terminowość i poczucie odpowiedzialności za wynik całego zespołu będą kluczowe dla sukcesu większości projektów, w które zostaniesz kiedykolwiek zaangażowany. Im więcej będziesz miał okazji, by je kształtować, tym lepiej. Zdecydowana większość moot court’ów wymaga, by startowała w nich drużyna (jest nad nimi poza tym tyle pracy, że samodzielny start byłby bardzo trudny – chyba, że ktoś bardzo nie lubi sypiać w nocy). Dzięki temu pomagają one zdobywać umiejętności pracy w zespole, które niekoniecznie da się rozwinąć na studiach.

5. Zawierasz nowe znajomości

Moot court’y (a zwłaszcza towarzyszący im z reguły program socjalny dla uczestników) to doskonała okazja, by poznać nowych ciekawych ludzi z innych uniwersytetów, wymienić się doświadczeniami, zweryfikować swoje wyobrażenia i opinie na różne tematy. Podczas konkursów zawarto wiele wartościowych znajomości, a czasem nawet więcej… Niektóre międzynarodowe moot court’y odbywające się od przynajmniej kilkunastu lat doczekały się już moot-dzieci, które nie przyszłyby na świat, gdyby rodzice nie poznali się na konursie 😉

6. Masz okazję porozmawiać z ludźmi ze środowiska

Moot court’y gromadzą nie tylko innych studentów, ale także ludzi ze środowiska prawniczego, którzy są ich sponsorami, arbitrami czy po prostu sympatykami. Obecność na moot court’cie daje Ci możliwość porozmawiania z nimi, zadanie pytań, które w normalnych okolicznościach trudno byłoby tym ludziom postawić, poszukania porad i sugestii od starszych, doświadczonych praktyków.  Czasem krótka rozmowa może rozjaśnić wiele wątpliwości dotyczące wyborów edukacyjnych czy zawodowych.

7. Poprawiasz swoje szanse na rynku pracy…

Czy jest jeszcze ktoś kto nie słyszał, że prawniczy rynek jest niesłychanie konkurencyjny? Udział i sukces w moot court’cie pozwala Ci się wyróżnić spośród tłumów podobnych do Ciebie studentów prawa, pokazać, że jesteś zaangażowany, pracowity i chętny, by się rozwijać. A ze względu na zdobywane podczas konkursu typu moot court praktyczne doświadczenie, Twój ewentualny pracodawca będzie wiedział, że może powierzyć Ci od razu bardziej skomplikowane zadania, niż adresowanie kopert i wycieczki do czytelni akt sądowych z aparatem fotograficznym.

8. … i wszędzie indziej.

Poza pracą jest wiele miejsc, gdzie moot court na pewno Ci pomoże. Rekrutacja na program LLM za granicą? Stypendium naukowe w kraju? Publikacja o kontrowersyjnym zagadnieniu, które miałeś okazję badać na potrzeby konkursu? Można tak wymieniać długo, a start w moot court’cie (nie mówiąc już o sukcesie) pomoże Ci wszędzie.

A więc – rzuć wszystko i weź udział w moot court’cie. Na dobry początek w Arbitrażu Handlowym!

Więcej informacji o konkursie uzyskacie pisząc na director.mootcourt@warszawa.elsa.org.pl.