Moot Court Experience during Attachment Internship Program
My four-weeks attachment period was a valuable experience that gives me an insight of what legal world really is. To add icing the cake, I had the opportunity to experience mooting.
Despite reading law for three years, never have I imagined mooting off campus. Feeling nervous was an under statement due to the ‘deficiencies’ in skills experience and not to mention confidence. Although I had the desire, never had the nerve to do it.
The in-house moot training conducted in the firm was definitely a good learning experience in the preparation submission, court deportment, etiquette in a court and most importantly the handling of the judges’ questions.
The experience changed my mind about moot and prepared me to participate in moot competitions, it is never too late to try.
Besides the in-house moot training, we were given many research assignments. We learned much in Civil Procedure like originating summon, writ of summon, notice of motion and summary judgment which were alien to me, now they all came alive. An important lesson patience and hard work will always pay.
Being in a firm very interested in Company Law brought me to the new frontiers in Company Law introduced by the Companies Bill 2015 as I was tasked to research into Corporate Voluntary Arrangements practised in the United Kingdom.
The court visits exposed us to how applications were made in court, addressing the judges and the senior assistant registrars and court etiquette. The Court of Appeal hearing which I observed was definitely an eye opener.
Simple tasks like making enquiries to the court or the ministry may look ridiculously facile. However, it taught me the much needed communication skills to convey messages effectively. Communication skills is one of the core skills that must be possessed by any law student and task like this will put one to the test.
Albeit the short attachment, I learned and gained much. Special thanks to Mr. Alex Chang who had given me this opportunity and also not to forget Miss Lim Soo Zee, Mr. Danien Soong, Ms. Janice and Ms. Chow who had help me a lot at the firm. Terima kasih daun keladi.
Noor Izzatie binti Zainol
University of Malaya