Law Students Impress Judges at Moot Court Final
The stellar performance delivered by Moot Court finalists at the Annual Prize Moot Final held in Pietermaritzburg drew praise from the judges who were impressed by the high level of advocacy exhibited by the finalists.
The mock trial setting allows final year LLB students to translate the wealth of theoretical knowledge obtained through their learning experience into the practical aspects of the legal profession ensuring that the students are well equipped to handle every aspect of the legal profession.
The finalists in the Norton Rose competition were Mr Tafadzwa Dhlakama, Mr Amin Matola, Mr Ugendran Odayar and Ms Kenita Moodley.
The four finalists argued cases before the Honourable Mr Justice Koen and the Honourable Mr Justice Seegobin who commented that they were very impressed by the well thought out heads of arguments.
‘I have been involved in the moot court for many years and I am amazed by the way the standard keeps improving annually. We have had the benefit of listening to comprehensive heads of arguments and we congratulate you on the thought and preparation you have put into them,’ said Koen.
Seegobin added that he was very impressed with the way the finalists responded to the questions from the bench as it proved they understood the various aspects of litigation involved in courtroom procedures.
‘There are always legal questions that arise in the court room that are not easy to respond to. However, you responded to them in a very good and well set out manner that persuaded whoever was listening to the case that you are right and your opponent was wrong which is impressive,’ said Seegobin.
Although the judges were highly impressed by the standard of presentation and preparation of the finalists, it was Dhlakama and Odayar who were the overall winners.
Odayar who will be serving his articles as a Candidate Attorney commencing at Norton Rose Fulbright in 2014 said the research skills and presentation technique he learnt through participating in the competition will be very valuable in practice.
‘To be able to stand before two High Court judges and present my case was an experience which words cannot describe. I would highly recommend to future students to give it their all when it comes to moot and enjoy it to the maximum. Credit must be given to the academic staff of the Law School who assisted us to ensure that we had the necessary assistance which we required for preparation and presentation,’ he said.
While Dhlakama’s future plans include attaining a Masters in Environmental Law.
‘I aspire to be an advocate for good, beneficial and sustainable use of the environment and its resources for the benefit of all inhabitants in the world ahead,’ he said.
- Thandiwe Jumo