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'Law Students Need Moot Courts for Hands-on Experience'

Published: 12th April 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2015 04:01 AM   |  A+A-

VISAKHAPATNAM:Just like other professional courses, practical training should be imparted to law students as well so they can avail an opportunity to make optimum use of moot courts to have a hands-on experience, said Manvendranath Roy, chairman of Sales Tax Appellate Tribunal.

Emphasising the need for providing apprenticeship for students, he said that an advocate has to know how to argue, present the pleadings and cross examine; moot courts provide them with a glimpse of all the aforementioned details.

He was addressing the inaugural session of the first DV Subba Rao Memorial Moot Court (DVSRMMC) competition conducted at Damodaram Sanjeevayya National Law University here Saturday. The moot Court competition is being held till Sunday in memory of late DV Subba Rao, initiated by his son and noted advocate DV Somyajulu.

Roy said that he was honoured to be the chief guest of the first DVSRMMC.

“DV Subba Rao has an illustrious professional career as a lawyer and was also a great politician, sportsman and above all, a great human being with high ethical values. “He brought laurels to the Visakhapatnam judiciary. The people of Visakhapatnam should be proud of him being the citizen of this city of destiny,” he said and added that Subba Rao, who passed away last year, is a towering personality and paradigm of virtue.

DSNLU vice-chancellor RGB Bhagavath Kumar appreciated Somayajulu for his initiative and remembered that Subba Rao was a great source of inspiration for the younger generations. The legendary lawyer could draw the attention of entire country and international circles due to his orations in the court. The DSNLU believes in protecting and promoting value based education, he added.

Somayajulu thanked the university for conducting the moot court in memory of his father. Recalling the achievements of late Subba Rao, he said that his father had two main qualities - extreme humility and extreme learning. He said that the moot court competition was being held to improve and find one’s speaking skills.

Two preliminary rounds were held on Saturday. Of the six participating teams, two teams will be selected to the finals scheduled to be held on Sunday. A researcher test was conducted to evaluate the researcher of different teams.

The objective is to ensure that the students are taught team management and improving their communication and oratory skills besides interacting with the students of various law schools.

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