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Law is an Ass

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Its been almost an year in law school. And it feels like hell . Actually it’s a mixed feeling. I still remember the day when I first went to the law prep classes. I had just passed my boards but had’nt scored well and had also not been selected anywhere so decided to take up CLAT.

When you drop a year for clat the only thing you have in mind is NLS as in my part of the country you’ve actually been humiliated a lot by dropping an year for clat , so  thinking about anything except NLS is just blasphemy. Your teacher advises you to take out a picture of NLS from the web and keep it on your study table so that  you don’t deviate from your target.

And when you finally finally give clat and after the excruciatingly slow process of result declaration you finally get to know you got RMLNLU you remember how during the interaction with former students of the same law prep coaching you ignored Rmlnlu students talked only to the guys from NLS.

But anyways you have to accept what you cannot change . You enter law school take a tour of the campus and after looking at the campus feel like this being the most magnificent place in the world. The mess food seems like being the food that you get at weddings.

This stays the same for the first few months after which the feeling starts wearing off and the reality again dawns upon you . After  having  your first legal methods class you have developed a great respect for the law, lawyers and judges  . yor teacher tells you that the purpose of law school is not to teach you the law but to help you think like a lawyer.

He further tells that "Law is the command of sovereign backed by sanctions” . But after your first internship in a court of law and in some other legal organization  you feel like law is an ass and its excruciatingly slow process makes all those connected with it an asshole .

Next you have the law school activities which although seem to be very fascinating but suck all the energy out of you. Mooting being the most popular of such activities more or less also becomes a prestige issue  in a law school. A team researches on a particular area of law for the entire period of the moot and at the end of it argues before a panel of judges who are actually kind of authorities on that area.

The teams that win a moot get inflated egos and are hailed as heroes in their law schools, but it is the experience that you get through a moot is what matters. It is the experience that you get while researching the working together as a team is what’s important.The people you meet in moot and the contacts and relations  you develop is what matter more than winning or losing. The ability to think like a lawyer on both sides of a problem on a given legal point is what you get through mooting.

In a law school you see there will be moments when the burden of academics  gets too high or maybe the  co-curriculars start taking a toll on your performance or that your paper got rejected or that you lost a debate , but its important for what it teaches you . It teaches you to work as team and to work alone.

Law school also teaches you that no one is unbeatable(even the guys frm NLS) If you work real hard you have fairly good chances of winning.The internships that you complete as a part of your law school teaches you how to talk to people, deal with them and manipulate them.

It teaches you not only what the law is but also how different it  seems when in action . It makes us realize how social organizations work , how government offices work , the functioning of multinationals, the bureaucratic procedures and the red tape involved.

Law school makes us understand how laws are made by the Parliament, interpreted by the Judiciary and implemented by the executive.The ways in which criminals operate the legality or illegality of an act committed .Law school completely changes the way you think and the way you take decisions. Even though law school life might not be easy but life after law school certainly is. You might not become a lawyer or might not take up anything related with law but every time you think you’ll certainly think from a legalistic point of view.

The Law school experience makes life much less complicated. Even though law is an ass but after the law school experience you certainly aren't.

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