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Change in the legal game

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Indians have always fantasized brands. Earlier it was the IIT brand which they wanted their kids to have and recently many people fancy the NLU brand. Some say that parents may have their set of apprehensions with their children pursuing law as a career; however with the takers for CLAT increasing every year it cements our faith in the increasing popularity of the NLU brand.

One may ask the difference in studying at a NLU and any other law university. My first day in the Delhi High Court, the first question posed to me by several junior associates was why am I not enjoying my vacations? They didn’t see the logic in a 19year old being so bothered to ‘intern’ and learn what is happening in the courts while  she/he had the opportunity to enjoy being young.

My international law professor one day in class remarked on the vastness of law. He said this is probably one discipline where knowledge of every stream is essential. Reminiscing he said how in his days it was a subject one could pursue only when they were ‘mature’ enough to understand its intricacies. He further added ‘God knows what the BCI was thinking when they started the 5year LLB curriculum’. One may easily be offended at that remark saying ‘those times were different’.  Today young individuals have a sound understanding of politics, foreign relations and the world economy. We are a new breed of lawyers.

You don’t need an age to appreciate the law? I entered law school when I was 17years old; most of my friends were the same age. Is this generation more armed than the previous one to ‘sue’ people and fight for its rights? It is heartening to see what the Legal Aid societies of some of the Law Schools are doing: A fight for RTI activism, child rights and taking on Pepsi in a Consumer forum. Some see the larger picture and join NGO’s; some join the firms because they need the financial means to support their family. To modify my all time favorite song by Pat Benatar ‘Love is a battlefield’, I would say likewise ‘Law is a battlefield’

We are young, statutes and bare texts we can stand

No arguments, no rebuttals

Can tell us we are wrong

Law is a battlefield.

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