Law School Journey
(3rd Year BALLB(Hons), VIT School of Law)
I have successfully completed three years of Law school in VIT Law School Chennai. To sum up my experience in two words, one can say it was “complete chaos”. I had the best time of my life, at the same time during some days I felt like I was at the lowest point in my life. Still, I managed to move on and sustain this huge and chaotic arena called law school.
My first day of being a law student basically had me thinking that nobody was like me but by the end of the day I had found at least ten friends who shared my views and thoughts in a similar manner. My teachers in my college are quite friendly and helpful. It was a huge shift from school to college.
In school, my teachers dictated my activities and academics but in college my teachers only clarified the doubts that arose when I decided my activities and pushed me forward when it came to academics.
I was in complete awe of the subjects that I studied, whether it was Torts or Constitutional Law, I found it completely interesting and tried my level best to study it. Though there were some days where the subject just was completely dry, during the exams it made me realise how much easier it is to understand the law subjects rather than the normal BA subjects.
It was a complete turnover for me since I was a biology student in school. Frankly, I had no intentions of joining law in the first place, I wanted to become a doctor but ended up sitting down for my CLAT. The first time I wrote my CLAT exams was the day I knew that this was the profession for me, therefore I decided then and there that I would put my complete effort in succeeding in this profession.
The level of ignorance that I had of the legal world was evident when I sat down in my Jurisprudence class. I was amazed by the completely different meaning that were provided for the terms that I had learnt all my life to mean a thing. For eg:- I never knew battery was the one where you physically hurt someone whereas assault is the term used when your threatening to hurt someone.
It was an eye- opener for me and I knew that this was a new experience which meant that whatever I had learnt previously must be wiped out from my memories and it was time to create a complete legal brain which meant it would work differently than a normal human.
All the case laws that I studied sometimes had me thinking that all of this is completely bizarre and at other times it had me thinking this is a case that was decided beautifully, therefore I had mixed feelings when I read these case laws but I have learnt that even if I had these feelings, as a law student and a future lawyer I had to separate my emotions and feelings and focus on the facts and the basis of the judgements.
One of the most stressful experiences of law school is internship, though it was during the vacations, it made me throw myself in a completely new arena with reality providing me with a whiplash everytime I made a mistake. It made me realise law school was actually moulding me for this and I was thankful for all the moot court and legalis sessions that my college made me go through.
Law school taught me that I had to be brutal and honest but at the same time I had to know how to handle situations. It taught me how to survive and how to conquer. I had a love-hate relationship with the experience of it but in the end I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.