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MPL 2 kicks off with new rules as NLIU Bhopal, RGNUL Patiala draw first blood at Surana Trial Moot North

Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2
Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2

The much-awaited Legally India Mooting Premier League (MPL) second season has arrived with NLIU Bhopal taking home the first points, defeating RGNUL Patiala in the North India finals of the Surana & Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition on Sunday.

NLIU Bhopal also bagged additional points as Deeksha Manchanda won the best speaker award. NUALS Cochin grabbed the award for the Best Memorandum.

GNLU Gandhinagar and Law Centre I (LC-I) Delhi University finished as semi-finalists.

The event took place at UILS Punjab in Chandigarh from 3 to 5 September 2010.

“This moot is a unique experience and different from all my previous moots and an incredible experience in court craft,” said NLIU Bhopal’s Deeksha, who also won best speaker. “I guess I became better after each round mainly due to the judges and their valuable comments.”

“The judging was done by the advocates of Punjab and Haryana High Court and in the final round, the judges of the High Court. The judges were extremely helpful and in their comments and gave us valuable tips about court craft. In all, it was an amazing learning experience.”

All mooters read on or hold your peace forever

Surana Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition is provisionally included in Tier 4 of the list but we are inviting suggestions to finalise the list of moot court competitions and scoring criteria for MPL Season 2.

The list will be frozen in the coming weeks depending on your comments.

If you disagree with this selection, let us know NOW in the comments or the Legallypedia MPL2 page (rather than later when the MPL is almost over!)

Provisional list of moots to be included in MPL 2:

As you can see it’s bigger and hopefully even better than last year. Note that moots in bold are new to MPL 2, while moots in italic moved up a rank.

Tier 1 – global championships

These are the world finals of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the world and includes Vis Vienna, which is the world’s single biggest moot by the numbers of teams

Tier 2 – world class

These are the widely-recognised international mooting events where a substantial number of Indian teams participate or outstanding competitive Indian national moots such as the Bar Council of India Moot

Tier 3 – national elite

These mooting events include a mix of national qualifiers to Tier 1 events and other national and international competitions that see a good level of participation from Indian law schools but are slightly less competitive or well-known than the higher tier moots.

Tier 4 – national contenders

A majority of these top national mooting events see participation from varying ranges of Indian law schools. Some moots, such as GNLU International Moot and NLS International Arbitration, even see international participation.

Scoring criteria

Category/Tiers Tier 1 - global championships Tier 2 - world class Tier 3 - national elite Tier 4 - national contenders
Best team 20 points 15 points 10 points 7 points
Runners-up 15 points 10 points 7 points 4 points
Best Orator / Memorial / Researcher 12 points each 10 points each 7 points each 4 points each
Semi finalists 10 points 7 points 4 points 2 points
Honourable mention 10 points 7 points N/A N/A
Number of competitions 6 5 16 20
Total possible points for winners 120 75 160 140
Total points for runners-up 90 50 112 80

Now, time for you to get involved!

  1. Look through the list and decide whether you agree with the rankings.
  2. Do you agree with the scoring criteria? Should more points be given for a tier, or less points?
  3. Think of some catchy names to call each tier and let us know!
  4. Get mooting!
You can contact the Legally India MPL team, which includes Sanjay Khan and Prashanth from GNLU Gandhinagar on .

If you are a moot court committee or you want to be involved in decisions taken in respect of MPL housekeeping, etc, please email us and we will add you to our special but informal MPL mailing list.
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