Le­gal Ea­gles

NLSIU has held the top spot in the rank­ings for the past three years run­ning. Stu­dents get hands-on prac­tice, be­sides a world-class ed­u­ca­tion

India Today - - BEST COLLEGES - By Arad­hya Sethia

IN THE FIRST WEEK at the NLSIU, one of my seniors told me, “NLS is a big pie. What piece of the pie you get de­pends on what you make out of the pie.” This re­mark has stayed with me. While NLS has its daily reg­i­men of classes with strict at­ten­dance rules, it also pro­vides stu­dents the free­dom to pur­sue in­ter­ests out­side class­room. It is what you do af­ter 1.30 pm that de­fines NLS for you. Stu­dent com­mit­tees and ad­min­is­tra­tion work very hard to fa­cil­i­tate and en­cour­age co-cur­ric­u­lar and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

While we may pas­sion­ately de­bate the con­tours of a le­gal pro­vi­sion in classes in the morn­ing, we get to de­cide what we want to do with the rest of the day—one may spend time in the li­brary, cheer for a team at a sport-

ing event, at­tend a talk, pre­pare for a com­pe­ti­tion, read, sleep or just go to en­joy in the town. At night, you will find hos­tels and can­teens bustling, with con­ver­sa­tions on top­ics rang­ing from ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to the death penalty. Of course, you will also find a daily dose of cam­pus gos­sip at one of these places!

One might think that at a top law school with such great op­por­tu­ni­ties, the com­pe­ti­tion would be cut-throat. While the stu­dents are com­pet­i­tive, the com­pe­ti­tion is mostly con­struc­tive and pos­i­tive. Ev­ery­one works hard to ex­cel, but that is gen­er­ally not at the ex­pense of oth­ers. Stu­dents are ready to share their notes and ma­te­rial, dis­cuss ideas, ex­plain con­cepts, share re­sources and knowl­edge. I re­mem­ber, in an exam for which we had an ex­cep­tion­ally large syl­labus, my batch­mates col­lab­o­rated and made notes for dif­fer­ent read­ings. It made the course eas­ier for all of us. You will find the co­op­er­a­tive spirit mov­ing be­yond ex­ams— stu­dents of­ten form ‘firms’ and re­search to­gether for in­ter­nal moot court com­pe­ti­tions.

The mo­ment you en­ter NLSIU, you are as­signed sev­eral men­tors—for the li­brary, for projects, etc. There is also a stu­dent-run ‘par­ent sys­tem’, in which the per­son with the same roll num­ber from a se­nior batch is your ‘law-school par­ent’. One may find other

seniors through var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions— there are an­nual state lunches where the in­com­ing stu­dents get to meet the seniors from their re­spec­tive states.

When I joined, I was told that NLSIU was all about cor­po­rate jobs. The last five years have proved this is not the case. While al­most ev­ery­one in my batch man­aged to se­cure em­ploy­ment in In­dia or abroad, there so many bril­liant, pas­sion­ate and in­spir­ing folks who have cho­sen in­ter­est­ing ca­reer paths—pub­lic pol­icy, star­tups, arts and academia.

Per­son­ally, NLSIU has been a great im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. I will soon grad­u­ate with the re­al­i­sa­tion that the past half-decade has been a trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence—not only in terms of what I know, but also in the ideas I be­lieve in, and most im­por­tantly, the way I think!



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