Mission

Nica.team is a consortium of likeminded people united to promote moot courts around the world and to pay tribute to all those who participate, organize, judge or sponsor moot court contests by restoring and maintaining memory records about the events. Extensive data allows to compare law schools and reveal their ability to grow and support brilliant minds.

How does NICA.team help

  • NICA.team promotes mootcourts as an intellectual sport worldwide motivating more and more law schools to join competitions
  • NICA.team makes it possible to compare law schools and enhance the competition between them. Are you looking for a law school to get education? Check our Ranking!
  • NICA.team helps talented students to get support from their universities as even a mere participation in a competition gives scores and raises the law school in ranking.
  • NICA.team pays tribute to organizers, participants and sponsors allowing them to access historical records and get a direct link to individual, team and lawschool profiles.
  • NICA.team helps students and teams to choose among contests and better prepare.

Competitions

We invite contests’ administrators to join NICA.team to moderate their competitions within the project and to participate in NICA.team methodology development. It is free and exciting!

We also gather and accumulate data from open sources and use it to build open archives commemorating organizers, participants and sponsors.

We are happy to welcome all competitions, however, only those which match these criteria count for contributing to law schools NICA ranking:

  • Have been organized for at least two years
  • Among other issues rely on oral skills of participants
  • Have at least two teams participating
  • Do not have disputable or negative reputation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference betweeen the national and international rankings?

International ranking reflects participation of a law school in international (world and regional) competitions. National ranking adds to them national competitions.

Does it mean that if my team is a national winner of a prestigious competition zzz this does not guarantee that it is number one in my country?

Yes it does and for a reason. Championing a National competition is indeed a great result! The methodology reflects this issue as well. The number of achieved points to great extend depends on what teams you overcame. The stronger your opponents are – the more points you get. 

My law school traditionally participates in only one competition and we are the champions. I’m disappointed that this is not enough to be the number one in my country.

Well, to be the number one means to demonstrate that the law school has moot court teams better than others. Indeed, participating in many competitions gives more chances to get more points. However, what is really important- is to overcome other strong law schools’ teams.

What are the numbers on the home page with minus/plus signs?

They reflect the changes in the teams’ place since the last update.

How often does the ranking update?

The current year ranking updates at least monthly. The date of an update is indicated on the home page under the ranking table.

In January the ranking of the previous year updates the very last time and is not changeable anymore.

Me/my team/law school participated in the competition zzz, however, I don’t see it/the data is not correct.

Well, we will be happy to reflect a new competition in the ranking if it fits certain conditions. Let us know about it! Contact us if you think any data is not ideal or you would like to contribute.

I/we administer the competition YYY. How can we become a part of the project?

Please contact us to get more information and to become a part of Nica.team consortium.

How does ranking is being calculated? What are the pts?

The points for a law school are awarded taking into account the number of teams participated in the competition, their level and the round the law school’s team advanced. The full methodology can be found bellow.

Whether individual achievements (like “the best speaker”) influence ranking of my law school?

No by default. However, the competition administration can decide the other way and make the needed changes. If such decision is taken – it is reflected on the competition’s page.

Your personal achievement at the same time can be reflected on the page of your team and in your personal profile in case you have registered and updated it. Contact us for any issues if needed. 

What do the rounds (1,2,3,etc) mean?

Each competition has its own structure. The rounds can be named by organizers the very different way e.g. quoter-final, preliminary round, round x, etc. To unify the different approaches Nica.team references to rounds by chronological numbers starting from the number one (the earliest) to the number of the last round. If relevant, Nica.team can reference to the last round as a “Final round” as well.

What are the achievements?

Understanding the performance of law schools in different competitions Nica.team appoints “achievements” to law schools. The achievements are appointed in different fields, on national, regional and international levels. The achievements of previous years are not changeable. The achievements for the current year changes together with the ranking.

Why the current ranking takes into account the achievements for one year horizon only?

Indeed, the data Nica.team has makes it possible to build many types of rankings/comparisons. The Consortium has made the decision to calculate the Nica.team ranking within one calendar year. It has been decided to discuss other possible approaches in 2022. Do you have an idea or do you want to joint the Consortium decision making process? Please contact us to join.

Why it worth to register in the Nica.team project?

Registration allows you to indicate your personal input to your School of Law performance and makes your input visible. You can also reference to your personal profile page in your CV. We proof check all the records to remain them credible.

After the registration you also get an opportunity to subscribe to the news and updates of selected competitions and law schools.

Who make decisions upon the Nica.team LS ranking?

The Nica.team Consortium. On the first – we invite competitions to join it. However, anyone can become a part of the decision making process. If you love moot-courts the same way we do – please contact us to join!

How to support Nica.team?

Nica.team is the project organized by volunteers. If you would like to join our team by contributing your time or to assist financially – please contact us. From the financial point of view we are looking for resources to make the translation of the project into other languages, to better reflect national competitions, including the minor ones and to make a mobile app.

My university has two law schools. How do they appear in Nica.team ranking?

As two different law schools.

Ranking and Methodology

1) The law school’s place in the ranking is defined by 2 criteria:

  • the weight of the contests they participated in during the year
  • how far did they go in these competitions.

2) The weight of the competition is defined by the law schools participating in it.