This article was submitted to Ergo by Anshuman Singh, a student of the third-year (Batch 2014-2019) at the Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad.
It has been 3 years since I first stepped into Institute of Law, Nirma University. I had decided way back in class 8th that law is my field of interest. But taking admission in a college, of which I had never heard of, before filing the form on the recommendation of my coaching institute, was a tough decision to make. Although it was my first attempt in CLAT, I never wanted to drop a year for any big shot NLU because I just wanted to finish my 5 years of college and then appear for judicial services.
Honestly, I can tell you that I was really sad and disheartened for not getting into an NLU but things changed as soon as I stepped into the college. I was amazed by the excellent infrastructure that we have at ILNU. The administrative staff was helpful throughout the admission procedure. This was the first impression I got of my college.
The worst part is that ILNU provides you college hostels only in the final year. They have collaborated with a number of hostels so that you can easily a hostel of your choice. These hostels also provide commutation facilities so no need to worry. You can also get flats on rent in nearby areas on reasonable price.
The best part of ILNU is that the faculty is really good and helpful. They will stay back for you till late evening and try to address all your concerns. They will motivate you for extracurriculars and will always be there for you. (Exceptions are always there).
ILNU is the best place if you are interested in Mooting. We have won the last 3 editions of the Bar Council Of India Moot Court Competition. We have one of the best mooting cultures in the country. Here, if you are going for a moot, the whole college rallies behind you, especially the seniors, to help you achieve everything you set out to do.
However, there are lots of negative things about the place as well. If you are not regular in the class then you are inviting trouble because at you need a minimum of 85% attendance to receive your admit card for semester end exams. If you fail to comply with this regulation then you are in front of an appeal committee which will flood you with assignments days before your examination.
The second problem is components of continuous evaluations. You will get about 2 tests/submissions every week which doesn’t leave you will enough time to study beyond the curriculum. The marking scheme is also questionable where people apply ‘tricks’ to get marks. Your marks never reflect the amount of hard work that you have put in continuously because people who study a night before the exam will score more than you. Such is the marking criteria.
But one thing that I can assure you is that if you really want to work hard and learn the intricacies of law then ILNU is a great place to study. You will find yourself better with every passing semester.
Lastly, I can only say that it’s a long journey which sometimes can be boring or irritating but mostly it’s beautiful. The things learnt here will be really helpful in your future endeavors.
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