My Law School Journey Till Now
By Shubhangi Sharma, Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida (Onine Intern LawOF)
According to society’s perception, the person who chose nothing chose law his career. Beware, I am a law student by choice not by chance. My experience at Lloyd Law College till now has taught me one fundamental thing – life is unpredictable. It might be good, it might be bad, it might be weird, and it might not interest you, but expect anything to happen. It is a perfect blend of joy and hardships. You meet different people, you interact with them, you learn about their cultures and grow as a person. You will understand how to talk to different people, how to judge their behavior, thus helping you with important life skills. Although law school, like college, can lead to a variety of occupations, and one student’s experiences can be quite different from another’s, virtually all accredited law schools share the common and specialized objective of training people to become lawyers.
While law school is not necessarily more difficult intellectually than college, the workload is substantially greater and the level of competency demanded by professors is uniformly higher. Since everyone is studying the same material, each with a desire to master skills certain to be required in a legal career, students in law school usually are faced with a heightened sense of competition.
The first year is devoted to a process of reeducation since law schools see themselves as teaching people to “think like lawyers.” Students are forced to think critically and precisely and to articulate their ideas with clarity and conviction.
Another life lesson you will remember – the learning never ends. You find campus groups or student groups where you can explore your co-curricular skills along with many other students like you. You share common interests, and thus you share common ideas. In the second and third years, students select from a variety of traditional casebook courses that further enhance basic skills while providing substantive familiarity with more specialized areas of law (e.g., taxation, evidence, corporations, family law, environmental law, and labor law). My schools offer seminars in a variety of disciplines such as legal philosophy, as well as clinical programs that enable students to pursue specialized interests and perform legal tasks under clinical professors’ supervision. Indeed, clinical and “cooperative” programs have become increasingly important tools in legal education, and many students choose a law school based upon the variety and reputation of an institution’s clinical offerings.
Experience outside the classroom is as vital to legal education — especially to second and third year students — as formal coursework. Law students learn as much from their peers and many extracurricular activities in law school revolve around student-run projects in legal education and advocacy. On the academic side, my law school have advanced programs in moot court; of even greater import are student publications, such as the law review.