This article was submitted to Ergo by Saisha Singh, a first-year at the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai.
Mumbai coming up with a national law university is the kind of news for which law school aspirants desperately wait for. An NLU in a metro city like Mumbai is definitely worth it. The city of seven islands, as it is fondly called, is home to various prestigious colleges, and the Bombay High Court.
After taking admission in NLU Odisha and attending for a month, the phone call from MNLU filed my mind with a lot of questions. After conversations with seniors and people in the legal field, I decided to give it a try. It was a tough decision to become a part of an institution which has not yet established itself in the legal arena. Nevertheless, I came to Mumbai to complete the admission process of Maharashtra National Law University.
The university operates through a temporary campus in TISS Mumbai. The campus we have works as an academic one and all other facilities (such as mess, recreation and the library) is shared with the main TISS campus. Our young batch of only 61 students live outside in accommodation provided to us by the university. Being the first batch allows the students to be involved in organizing as well as sending college representatives to many law schools across the country.
Our vice chancellor Professor Bhavani Prasad Panda and the faculty are making incredible attempts to impart education in the best possible manner. One feature which distinguishes MNLU from other institutions is that of guest lectures, which are supposed to take place every Saturday. Not only legal academicians, but professors from other fields are invited to deliver lectures on subjects such as sociology and legal history. Similarly, the students are made aware of the options available to them after completing the integrated programme. With the mentorship and guidance of senior professors and vice chancellors such as Prof NR Madhava Menon, Prof SV Joga Rao, Prof R Venkata Rao and others, the university strives to promote its motto: dharmay tatpartya.
But despite being in a super favourable location, the university has its drawbacks. The faculty is mostly new, so there is a certain level of starting trouble. But after some time, we have gotten quite well adjusted to their teaching, and above all, their last minute check-ups for preparation a night before the exam.
Students and faculty here exemplify unity in diversity, as we work and celebrate together as a family.
Another area I would like to address is that coming to law school has been my first brush with reality.
Since time immemorial, most of the students may have heard the statement, beta 12th achche se padh lo, college mein masti karna. But I have realised that life after the entrance is no cakewalk.
Everything looks amazing, but the first year of my entry into the college comes with subject lectures and a ton of projects. Projects for research form an integral part of the pedagogy at every law school, this being no exception. But it was quite strange to get all the allotments within the first week and a clash of various submissions. 45 days, 5 submissions, all these announcements fall like bombs, making us realize, law school is not an easy journey.
We get up at 7, leave by 8:45, eat breakfast, attend classes from 9:30 to 5 (with a 1.5 hour lunch break), sit in library till 11pm, come back to the hostel, work again, and with this, conclude the day.
All this went on for quite some time, till we finally got the most wonderful thing- WiFi in the hostel. This came as a respite for us, and still continues to save the day. And then came the final submissions- there was a certain element of humour seeing everyone running around for print outs and notes, dropping those at the office and laughing in exasperation.
But all the hard work has taught me a lot. It has taught me not to procrastinate and most importantly, try to enjoy life even among the workload. Taking time off to explore is important being in one of the most important cities in the country.
It is with all this vigour and energy that I am sitting in my hostel, writing to you. At the end of the day, that brings me happiness. So to all those reading this post, and appearing for CLAT in future, I wish you all the best, and I welcome any queries you wish to ask in the thread below.
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