Taylor’s College have been named champions of Bond University Mooting Workshop and Competition in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The team, comprising Anesha Gnana Kumar, Ariane Nisha Rabindran and Wong Ee Lyn, won the prize of a 40 per cent scholarship to study Law at Bond University.
Bond University hosted the specially-run workshop and competition to teach students in Kuala Lumpur the art of mooting. The group of 36 students from Taylor’s College Subang Jaya, Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas and INTI International College participated in the mooting workshop followed by a competition between the students.
The workshop, which covered advocacy, problem-solving and negotiation skills, was delivered by Bond University Clinical Associate Professor Kathy Atkins who explained that mooting is an important skill for those aspiring to be a lawyer.
“We are really excited to be presenting this workshop and competition in Kuala Lumpur for the first time. For a student considering a legal career, knowledge of the legal system and skills in advocacy are key skills to develop,” said Professor Atkins.
“The competition is an excellent way for students to apply the knowledge from the workshop to a courtroom environment while undertaking the opportunity to confront real-life situations without the real-life consequences,” she added.
Senior Counsel from the winning team, Anesha, agreed, “Participating in the competition was a very good experience and it was actually quite fun. In the beginning, we were very tense as we didn’t know what to expect. After undergoing the workshop, we began to relax as we found that mooting is just having a normal conversation with the judge.”
The three winners said the experience has encouraged them to pursue a legal career.
“I find it more interesting now that I know how it feels to be in a court room. We learned how to research, practice, converse with the judge and communicate our points. From the workshops, we also realized how important it is to carry ourselves well,” said Wong, a student in the South Australian Matriculation program.
A team from INTI International College was the first runner-up in the competition. Three other students also received outstanding advocate awards – Elli Cole Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas, Lee Yoke Shan from Taylor’s College Subang Jaya and Kenny Liew from INTI International College.