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NLSIU, SOEL Chennai qualify for Jessup Int’l rounds from South India; Nalsar defeated in semis

NLSIU Bangalore pipped SOEL Chennai in the finals of the Jessup South India Qualifiers, beefing up its already huge lead this season.

In the semifinals SOEL defeated Nalsar Hyderabad and NLSIU cruised past Dr Ambedkar Law College, Chennai.

SOEL speaker Krishna won the best speaker and NLSIU bagged the best memorandum award in this Tier 3 MPL moot that is the qualifier to the Jessup International Rounds.

This is the fifth moot win and best memorandum citation for NLSIU Bangalore this season and it now enjoys a huge 82-point lead over NLU Jodhpur. SOEL Chennai moved up from 19th position to 7th, and Nalsar Hyderabad moved up from 8th place to 6th in the MPL 3 Season Standings.

The NLSIU team consisted of speakers Anupama Kumar and Divyanshu Agrawal along with researchers Sharad Bansal and Jahnavi Sindhu.

Kumar said that the team enjoyed working together. “The moot was a lot of fun. It was an incredible experience to face tough questions posed by the judges and to be able to think on your feet, knowing that you could not say anything immediately.”

Kumar stated categorically that the judging standards throughout the moot were good. “In our first round we had a silent but good bench and in our second round we had an aggressive bench who asked a lot of questions. In the final rounds, we had judges like Prof Ambrose (who has been judging the moot for quite a few years now) and Rishab Sancheti, who asked us challenging questions and tested our basics. We were forced to pause, think and answer immediately.”

When asked about the likelihood of NLSIU winning the MPL, Kumar remained cautious. “We are keeping our fingers crossed for the international rounds. We have to get together and figure out a lot of things and it will be a lot of work. It is too early to predict the MPL outcome this season as there are many top moots like Vis, Jessup which are yet to happen and there is also much that is left to chance. That said, it feels nice to have won this moot.”

The moot was organised by Surana & Surana International Attorneys in collaboration with NUALS Kochi. Vaisakhi R from the NUALS Moot Court Committee said that this was the first time the University was organising an international moot. “Overall, the moot went off well. We did have a few glitches here and there. The accommodation for the participants was a bit far away but we did have transportation facilities. The teams were happy with the feedback from the judges and we tried to keep the moot as transparent as possible.” 15 teams participated in the competition.

Both NLS Bangalore and SOEL Chennai will be representing South India in the Jessup International rounds at Washington D.C in March. The Jessup North India rounds will be taking place this weekend at Amity Law School, New Delhi.

Mooting Premier League 3 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NLSIU Bangalore 162 [Jessup South] (gold, best memo); Oxford Media India rounds (silver, best memo); Stetson South (gold, best memo); NLIU-Juris Corp (gold, best speaker, best memo); Palkhivala (gold); Dunant (silver); B.R. Sawhney (gold); Trial Adv South (silver); Raj Anand Moot (semis); Maritime Arbitration (semis, best memo, hon men for best resp memo);
2 NLU Jodhpur 80 Stetson North (gold); Hidayatullah (gold, best speaker, best memo); Dunant (best memo); Trial Adv North (silver, best speaker, best memo); IICLAM (gold);
3 NUJS Kolkata 39 Oxford Media India rounds (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (semis); Hidayatullah (silver, best researcher); B.R. Sawhney (semis); SLCU Moot (silver, best speaker, best memo); Trial Adv North (semis);
4 GLC Mumbai 35 NLIU-Juris Corp (semis); Trial Adv South (gold, best speaker); IICLAM (Best Memo); Raj Anand Moot (silver);
5 NLU Delhi 33 Oxford Media India rounds (gold, best speaker); (Law Asia (semis); Dunant (semis); IICLAM (organiser);
6 Nalsar Hyderabad 30 [Jessup South] (semis); Oxford Media India rounds (semis);Dunant (gold); B.R. Sawhney (organiser);
7 SOEL Chennai 30 [Jessup South] (silver, best speaker); Stetson South (semis);Trial Adv South (best memo);
8 HNLU Raipur 29 Stetson North (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (best researcher); Palkhivala (best speaker, semis); [Hidayatullah (organiser); SLCU Moot (semis);
9 GNLU Gandhinagar 27 Palkhivala (best researcher, semis); B.R. Sawhney (silver); Trial Adv North (gold);
10 NLIU Bhopal 24 NLIU-Juris Corp (organiser); SLCU Moot (gold); Raj Anand Moot (semis, best memo);
11 Campus Law Centre Delhi 23 Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
12 RMLNLU Lucknow 21 Stetson North (silver); Palkhivala (silver); Trial Adv North (semis);
13 ILS Pune 21 Stetson South (best speaker); B.R. Sawhney (best speaker, semis); Trial Adv South (semis);
14 RGNUL Patiala 18 Stetson North (best speaker); Hidayatullah (semis); B.R. Sawhney (best memo);
15 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 17 IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU Moot (organiser);
16 Jindal Global Law School 15 Dunant (best speaker, semis);
17 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 12 Palkhivala (best memo); IICLAM (semis);
18 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 Stetson South (silver);
19 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 Stetson North (best memo);
20 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 NLIU-Juris Corp (silver);
21 CNLU Patna 5 Stetson North (semis);
21 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 Stetson South (semis);
21 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 [Jessup South] (semis);
24 KLE Bangalore 4 IICLAM (semis);
25 ULC Bangalore 3 SLCU Moot (semis);
25 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 3 Trial Adv South (semis);
25 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 Hidayatullah (semis);

Tier wise Statistics

Pos Law school T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Org W R/u S/F B S B M/R HM Pts
1 NLSIU Bangalore 70 66 26 5 3 2 1 5 1 162
2 NLU Jodhpur 30 15 35 3 1 2 3 80
3 NUJS Kolkata 8 31 2 4 1 2 39
4 GLC Mumbai 20 15 1 1 1 1 35
5 NLU Delhi 5 23 3 2 1 2 1 33
6 Nalsar Hyderabad 25 4 1 1 2 30
7 SOEL Chennai 25 5 1 1 1 1 30
8 HNLU Raipur 17 8 3 1 3 1 1 29
9 GNLU Gandhinagar 12 15 1 1 1 1 27
10 NLIU Bhopal 12 10 2 1 1 1 24
11 Campus Law Centre Delhi 23 1 1 23
12 RMLNLU Lucknow 10 8 3 2 1 21
13 ILS Pune 10 11 2 2 21
14 RGNUL Patiala 10 8 1 1 1 18
15 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 16 1 1 1 17
16 Jindal Global Law School 15 1 1 15
17 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 12 1 1 12
18 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 1 10
19 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 1 10
20 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 1 8
21 CNLU Patna 5 1 5
21 New Law College, Pune 5 1 5
21 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 1 5
24 KLE Bangalore 4 1 4
25 ULC Bangalore 3 1 3
25 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 3 1 3
25 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 1 3

Legend: T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 (total points won in each tier); Org (Organiser points); Pos (Position); W (Wins); R/u (Runner-ups); S/F- Semifinalist; Q/F (Quarter Finalist, applicable only for Tier 1 Moots); O/F (Octa Finalist, applicable only for Tier 1 Moots); B S(Best speaker); B M/R (Best Memorandum/Researcher); HM (Honorable Mention & other equivalent awards); Pts (Points)

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.

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