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Over the years, LegallyIndia's Mooting Premier League has successfully managed to reach out to the mooting community and has provided incentives for students to moot. With LegallyIndia's excellent mooting initiative comes a caveat. Readers can pit their colleges against each other on an year by year basis, thus inculcating a (supposedly) healthy culture of competition and drama. However, it cannot be judged how colleges stand in the big picture - the amalgamation of consecutive years of mooting success. Solution? The Mooting Premier League Index.

Before any data of different seasons is added, certain problems need to be solved. The Mooting Premier League is an evolving entity. It has tinkered with the points system over different seasons. In the first season only 705 points were awarded while in the latest edition, the tally rose to 1975. This presents a dilemma as because few points were awarded in the first season, team which did well would be at a disadvantage since scoring 10 points in the fourth edition is easier than in the first. So, instead of just adding points awarded in different seasons, we have calculated points in percentages. If College X won 352.5 points out of 705, the points listed in the index will be 50. Benefit? This will make the points awarded for each season's performance uniform. However, a problem arises again. Suppose, in a 10 year survey, College A is top ranked for the first 5 years and College B ranks first for the next 5 years. Surely, in the eleventh year, College B will be preferred over College A because its success is recent. So, to ensure that recent successes are more rewarding, the index follows a system of coefficients. The challenge posed would be to ensure that these coefficients do not destabilize the index by making past wins redundant and current victories glorified. So, the coefficient used is a nominal increase of 25%. So, finally, the calculation runs as such.

Percentage of (Number of points) of (Total points awarded during that season) multiplied by (Relevancy Coefficient)*

*The Relevancy Coefficient is taken as 1 for the first season, 1.25 for the second season, 1.5 for the third and so on.

Flaws? Some would argue that past successes should be weighed equally. We differ. As clichéd it might sound, times are changing fast. Historical establishments keep falling to younger juggernauts. If a new establishment continuously does well, it would still be nigh impossible for them to beat the lumbering behemoths which have fallen in current years but have a rich trophy cabinet owing to past successes. So, in order to create a dynamic index where you are as good as you perform, a slight advantage has been provided to colleges which are doing well currently. An advantage which does not, in any manner, cripple previous victories. So, here are the results.

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore 89.81
2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad 63.62
3. National Law University, Delhi 53.76
4. National Law University, Jodhpur 52.21
5. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata 50.03
6. Indian Society of Law, Pune 25.76
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 20.31
8. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur 17.95
9. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 17.40
10. Government Law College, Mumbai 16.97
11. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab 16.89
12. National Law Institute University, Bhopal 16.34
13. Symbiosis Law School, Pune 15.70
14. School of Excellence in Law, Chennai 12.22
15. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi 10.31

The list only features the top fifteen colleges. For the whole list, look here. Criticism is welcome. Thank you for reading.


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