The Moot Court Committee (MCC) of Tamil Nadu National Law University successfully organised the Intra-University ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution) Competition on 28th and 29th of October, 2017. The Competition saw participation of over 150 students participating in Negotiation, Mediation and Client Counselling competitions. The rounds were judged by various lawyers, practitioners and associates from reputed law firms and corporate houses. The competitions provided a simulated counsel-client relationship and helped the students in understanding the nuances of attorneyship which they otherwise would not have been exposed to in a conventional law University curriculum. The competitions evaluated the students' mediating skills, their negotiating and problem solving skills along with their ability to mediate and make use of a mediator. The mediators were evaluated on their soft-skills such as communication skills, ability to catalyse reconciliation and critical thinking. Client counselling competitions evaluated the students' abilities in dealing with different types of clients, problem-identifying/solving skills and their ethics. The Intra-University ADR Competition is a filtering cum evaluation process and students shall represent the University in various national and international ADR competitions based on their ranks secured in the Intra-University ADR Competition.
The 1 st TNNLU National Moot Court competition took place from 24 th to 26 th of March 2017. There were 27 teams from various parts of India who battled it out for the first TNNLU National moot court competition trophy. The events were spread over a span of three days. Day 1 unfolded with the inaugural function and the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief guests along with the Vice Chancellor and faculty in charges of the Moot Court Committee. Honourable Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. kamala Sankaran welcomed the guests and participants to the first edition of the TNNLU national Moot Court Competition and after which the chief Guests for the day Mr. P.H. Aravind Pandian and Mr. R. Singaravelan , Senior Advocates Madras High Court, addressed the gathering with their insightful thoughts and experiences. The day came to an end with the memorial exchange between the participating teams. Day 2 kick started with the preliminary rounds which were adjudicated by senior advocates as well as associates from various reputed law firms from all over the country. The rounds were conducted in four sessions after which 8 teams qualified for the quarter finals. The rounds came to an end by the night and the day concluded with School of Excellence in Law, Chennai, School of Law Christ University, Bangalore, M.S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore and National Law Institute University, Bhopal bagging places in the semi finals. Day 3 commenced with the semi- final rounds where teams battled it out for the laurels. The rounds ended with School of Law Christ university and M.S. Ramaiah College of Law qualifying for the final round of the competition. The last round was adjudged by sitting judges of the Madras High Court and a senior Advocate who kept the the participants on their toes with questions and the teams were also nimble with their arguments and answers. The rounds came to an end with School of Law, Christ University bagging the trophy and M.S. Ramaiah College of Law were adjudged to be the runners up. The valedictory ceremony started by the evening in which the chief guests Honble Mr. Justice C.V. Karthikeyan and Honble Mr. Justice T.S. Sivagnanam addressed the gathering and congratulated the winning team for their achievement and wished all the participating teams the very best for their future endeavours. This was followed by the most awaited session of the entire event, that is, the prize distribution ceremony in which Symbiosis Law School, Pune bagged the prize for best memorial and School of Excellence in Law, Chennai was awarded with the prize for the best speaker. Finally, the winning and the runner up teams were also awarded. The event came to an end with the National Anthem after which all the participants, students as well as chief guests dispersed for high tea.