Dear Programme Directors / Heads of Law Schools,
Greetings from the LAWASIA International Moot Competition Committee. My name is Neptune Loh Xae Hoyy and I am delighted to inform you that the 5th LAWASIA International Moot Competition is again inviting law students to be a part of our LAWASIA International Moot Competition. This years' competition will be held on the 7th to 8th of August 2010.
We are again extending our invitation to law students from different universities to form part of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition Sub Student Volunteers Committee after the success of the 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition. From our last Moot competition, we have gathered about 40 student volunteers from various law schools and has generated very positive feedbacks from both the students and also counsels, senior members of the bar and judges.
One of the main differences of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition is that it does not only involve the students who will be the mooters in the competition but also to involve student volunteers. It was also the vision of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition Committee to give Student Volunteers the opportunity to assist in the general administration of the National and International competitions.
For a competition to be successful, it is essential that each moot court is equipped with several officials namely, bailiffs who serve as court officers, timekeepers to keep the official time, court ushers, judges' assistants, team ambassadors, photographers and bloggers. Everyone's role in the competition is paramount in ensuring that the competition runs smoothly. I quote:
"The role of timekeeper in your average moot might seem, at a glance, to be a small, boring one; but i can safely say that my experience as a timekeeper in the LAWASIA international moots was an eye-opening experience. For one, I had to stay wide awake for the entire duration of 2 hours- give or take; and two, I had to keep the time to its precise minutes and seconds. Arduous, you may think, but what I witnessed from behind the desk across from the participants' was nothing short of extraordinary." Shariza Abdul, Year 2 LLB Law Student, 3rd LAWASIA International Moot Competition
"LawAsia was fun. Especially with the conference, u get to hear influential ppl talk about important issues and stuff. The moots were awesome in the sense that we could experience first-hand the nastiness of the judges and made us realise just how tenacious u must be to make it." Ikram, Year 2 LLB Law Student, 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition
Student Volunteers have the unique opportunity to observe court advocacy, spirited legal argument and succinct legal points being put forward on complex legal issues. It is also an opportunity to network with other law students from various law schools and from different social and cultural backgrounds. Often this includes the chance to meet sitting judges, senior members of the bar, members of the Attorney General’s Chambers, academics and General Counsels of large corporations. Student volunteers are presented with certificates at the end of the competition. Based on past events, a few students have also received personalised commendation letters from the Chairman of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition praising their hardwork and dedication which will eventually look well on their CVs.
The closing date of the application will be on the 5th of July 2010. We had about 130 applicants last year and was only able to take in 42 of them so the selection will be on a first come, first served basis. For those interested, please do send in their details as follows:-
University/University College and Year:
Please note that Student Volunteers will have to bear their own cost of travel. However, meals and light refreshments during the course of the moot competition will be provided.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
P/S: I won't be able to accept any phone calls until the 8th of July as I am currently based in the UK and will not be back in Malaysia till then. However, you can still contact my colleague, Ms Chye Yoke Wah at +603-215567050.
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