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A law student, but not from an NLU? tch tch. A law student, not from an NLU, but also without contacts in the legal world?

Indeed your lordships . The first lawyer in a family of engineers and doctors, without any lawyer chachas or mamas-that's my story. I kid you not, my ex IItian father almost had a heart attack when his younger daughter announced after her 10th board result in the living room that she wanted to pursue law as a career, that too, as a litigator (I also had to explain how all lawyers are not litigators, yes, that's how bad it was).

And today, in my first year of law, almost three years later, things haven't changed much.

Yes, I joined law school, and no, as I already told you, didn't crack CLAT. A score of 121 hardly entitles you to Orissa or Patna, and that too in the second or third list. Instead, I decided to stay in Delhi and join IP University. 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the irony of life- you get a rank in the 1600s in the exam you prepare for, for almost a year, but end up with all India rank 10 in the exam that you attempted just to keep your options open. So you cry for a day or at max a week, slowly try thinking of reasons to console your own wretched self (the Supreme Court is here / all the major libraries, all the major law firms are here / and more importantly, my family / friends are here)...

Slowly, you accept the way things are and get ready for law school. Law school, the fulcrum on which rests this whole narrative of mine

For no matter which law school you go to, you inevitably realise in your very first week, that all the effort of Atlas combined isn't enough to last you a day in the legal world if you lack that quintessential magic (if I maybe so audacious to say) ingredient- The Established Lawyer Uncle (if you're luckier, it turns out to be dad, but don't push your luck).

Each one of us have heard about that one "uncle" in the supreme court under who's ChatraChaya the stupidest of frogs transforms straight into a junior jethmalani.

I could quote examples straight from my life of batchmates who have done nothing in life except being born in the right legal family. A typical one would know who Harvey Spectre is, but will give you a look of utter bewilderment when you mention Nani Palkhiwala ;)

And it is they who end up with picture perfect internships right under their noses without lifting a single finger, by virtue of simply having the right surname. Go into any law school and you will no dearth of people who couldn't care less about moots or MUNs or Parliamentary Debates, or even their CVs, for they're already assured of jobs back home.

My problem? I don't belong to the privileged category. No uncle means no good internships. And well, no internships? one would rather commit hara-kiri, for absolutely nobody in the HR committee of any firm will as much as glance through your CV (again, if you had the Uncle, you would already have a job by now). 

So while some of my batchmates enjoy the newly inaugurated Starbucks or Barbecue Nation in Cannaught Place, I shall be hopping on and off metros, applying, participating in group discussions, carrying a folder full of certificates and recommendations.

Hoping, that maybe, just maybe like the happy ending of some Karan Johar movie, one day, I will drive home my own Mercedes S-class, minus the uncle.

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