This article was submitted to Ergo by Ambuj Singh Bhardwaj, a first-year (Batch 2016-2021) and a die-hard Chelsea FC fan, who studies at the RMLNLU, Lucknow.
“The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” said Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the USA. Taking Inspiration from the above quote, one and a half years back, I choose Law as a career option over the more fancied option of Engineering that was available to me. My parents had always dreamt of me going to an IIT and continuing the legacy of my family. Breaking this barrier, I joined Clat Possible, one of the premier institutes for the preparation of CLAT in the country. At first, my decision to become a lawyer was a desperate one, but as the time flew by, my interest became more and more genuine. One year of preparation for the premier law entrance exam of the country landed me at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow. Fortunately(or Un-fortunately!), I am a Lucknowite, so the college is merely 20kms from my home, so in a way it crushed my dream of living in a different city and experiencing a different culture, but it also allowed me the pleasures of my cartref (especially the food!) along with a very exciting hostel life.
For the readers, I would like to mention that the university has 42 acres of sprawling lush green campus, located in southwest part of the Lucknow city. The Campus is a complete township having accommodation facilities for 1500 students and over 200 teaching and non-teaching staff members. With excellent infrastructure and a lot of activities to choose from, in no time it became my home away from home. The University has six different committees, which include the Moot Court Committee, the Journal Committee, the Legal Aid Committee, the Cultural Committee, the Sports Committee and the Placement and Internship Committee, which help in the organization of various extra-curricular events. And then there are the student-run societies for those interested in various fields of Law, including Constitutional, Intellectual Property and Arbitration.
I would not say the last six months have been easy for me, especially the first couple of weeks when the awe of law school hadn’t yet sunk in and Positive Interaction sessions from seniors, which went on till 4 in the morning, left me high and dry. Then there was a state of Cultural shock, with people present from all across the country, from my neighboring city of Kanpur to the pearl of the Arabian sea, Kochi. And as the first month passed, the so-called “people” became my friends and the seniors, my inspiration. Then the season of extra-curricular activities began, with Summer Grand Intra(Debating), Clineme(Client Counselling and Mediation) e.tc. The best part of being at RMLNLU is that there is adequate time to invest in these extra-curricular activities. These activities are very important part of the law school life, as they mend your character and give you that edge over the others. That embarrassing moment when you, prepare a memorial for the first time and forget some tiny detail which leads to minus marking, is what helps you win the award for the best memorial in the next Moot. Finally, there was Kathi Castle (a local vendor), whose mesmerizing chicken rolls have enthralled me for last six months. Days went by, and by the time I settled, the end semester exams were right under my nose.
With 90% of the Law School life still to come, I can only wait before the drama plays out before me. However, in a nutshell, Law school (whatever little I have witnessed!) has been the most fascinating experience of the last 19yrs of my life. It has taught me not only the Law, but a way of living life.
Lastly, I would like to thank my friend, Ashwani Singh, for inspiring me to write my first article on a public platform. I would like to end this by quoting John Keats, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
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