LAW SCHOOL GUIDANCE
Law has always been the most unexplored fields of education. The lack of awareness often leads to misconceptions regarding this field. Through this article, the author tries to provide insights upon various myths with realities hidden behind them prevailing over the minds of law students of India. It will also provide some tips for aspiring law students and Non-NLU students to develop greater confidence and spirit among them.
“If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already”
– Abraham Lincoln
When the world is grappling with devising new measures to combat the Covid-19 outbreak, the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted for selecting the intellectual legal minds of India has also been postponed twice. This competitive exam started in 2008 to test analytical ability and general awareness. The National Law Universities (NLUs) situated in various parts of the country are generally regarded as the benchmark for providing legal education in India. Students are often deceived with the fact that clearing CLAT with good scores will bear them a secured future with high pay jobs. It is also an illusionary belief that if a student is not able to clear any competitive exam like CLAT, the hopes of better legal prospects become unattainable.
There is only a 3-year law course!!
Students are often aware of the three-year law degree program provided by universities but with the emergence of professionalism and globalization, the need for comprehensive legal education had evolved in India. Nowadays most of the universities offer five-year integrated law courses like “B.A. LL.B.”, “B.B.A. LL.B.” or separate 3-year law courses.
If you are not good at studies, you pursue law.
The students after clearing their senior secondary exams often faced with stalemate to choose the best career for them. The much-hyped IIT entrance exams are often perceived to be meant only for born-intellectuals and the law field becomes the last resort for them. But lately, the legal profession has expanded by leaps and bounds which provides innovative opportunities to newcomers. Students securing more than 90% and can easily take engineering or medical are attracted to the legal profession as a preferred career choice. Law as a field does not promote rote learning procedures and requires the application of absolute laws to uncertain circumstances. It does not hold importance whether any student scored 50% or might have failed in prior studies, the perseverance and determination in their college’s academics play a leading role in deciding the ultimate fate of any student.
Only NLU students have access to good internships and better placements.
NLUs are often considered as islands of excellence amid a sea of mediocrity colleges but this illusionary myth requires some light to clear misconceptions among students. Non- NLU students often assume that the internship providing companies give more priority in providing opportunities to NLU students because of the so-called “NLU Tag”. But recent developments in the legal field, the upcoming lawyers need themselves to be abreast of dynamic technical environments and irrespective of university’s reputation, the real talent with intellectual thinking process is prioritized over the obsolete NLU tag. The new companies looking for fresh talents often select dedicated students who possess good communication and analytical skills. While selecting individuals for jobs, the firms value professional skills and personality development instead of high GPAs secured by learning theories related to different laws.
Secured a seat in NLU, secured a better future for my whole life.
Considering NLU as only benchmarks of success often result in ambiguous consequences of which average students suffer the most. This false presumption always dupes every aspiring law student who with dedicated preparation focusses on clearing the competitive exams. NLU only provides better educational opportunities with innovative learning mechanisms but it doesn’t provide a straightjacket formula for achieving success in life. No institute can guarantee success to students as it depends mostly on resolute determination and hard work by the students.
Law is all about reading books and remembering limitless laws
The law school is not about how much you have remembered from your reading to extract it in exams. Law as a career doesn’t give significant importance to meritorious students securing the highest scores but it’s all about how an aspiring law graduate can apply obsolete laws to changing legal problems. The practical learning is prioritized over the rote learning of textbook laws.
Tips For Aspiring Law Students
It is rightly said that if you do not keep evolving, what is amazing today will be obsolete tomorrow. Here are some exhaustive tips related to brighten your law school journey which will prove fruitful for new aspirants.
Always be a reader as well as a leader: The student should not limit himself to law course materials only but need to keep abreast of recent legal updates. The greater your general knowledge, the higher you will have edge over other students. You need to come out of your imaginary shell to let the audience know the latent leadership talent withhold by you.
You may delay but time will not: Never procrastinate your deadlines otherwise you may be distressed from piled up work. Time is precious for any law student owing to the fact that students are required to read limitless judgements and legal theories, etc.
Mastering your presentation skills: Every lawyer needs to present his case impressively and convincingly and the law school provide the best platform to sharpen them. Students good at communication skills are more preferred for professional lucrative jobs. Sophisticated oratory skills often place a good impression of sincerity and confidence while arguing any case before a judge.
Attend the classes regularly: Classroom discussions are very enlightening and provide the apt confidence required to be possessed by any aspiring lawyer. It provides them with the chance to actually apply the textual laws and rule out the flaws associated with them. Being active in the classroom provides a plethora of knowledge with accurate reasoning and develop various perspectives to analyze real-life circumstances.
Participation in Co-Curricular Activities: Law as a subject is not about reading books and spilling the exact in exams to score high GPAs. There should be a proper balance between academics and co-curricular for all-round personality development of any person. Law schools provide a series of extra-curricular activities like a moot court, client counselling and mediation competitions, debates, seminars, sports, fests etc. which prove helpful for advancing non-academics skills in their life.
This article concludes that while selecting any law school students should be aware of myths related to the course which may dampen their future life goals. The selection in NLUs don’t decide your ultimate fate, what matters most is the required passion and determination towards life goals.