How is UP(Y)ES?: UPES College of Law

This post was submitted to us by Varun Pandey, studying in UPES Dehradun, and a student of Batch 2016-21. 

“It’s hard to be a rebel on the inside and to be a conformist on the outside just for the sake of being accepted by this avaricious, deceitful and nonchalant society”

Yes, the guy whose story you’re all about to hear is me. Another 19 year old, narcissistic, slightly misanthropic teenager who wants to change the world and apparently, believes that he knows everything about it.

Why I chose Law?

Addressing this clichéd question which I have been asked at numerous interviews by countless faces who seem to be immune to the same repetitive replies they get to hear throughout their day, I’d say that putting on a black robe and fighting for justice and the weak has always infatuated me. Being from a family of lawyers, it wasn’t that hard to hear about all the escapades which happen in a courtroom. One thing lead to another and by the time I was 18, I had decided to go for law as a career. However, being a PCM student didn’t really help. The transition from Covalent Bonds to Culpable Homicide wasn’t easy and after a swashbuckling and kinda tumultuous period of preparation, I gave CLAT 2016.

My Journey to UPES

Apparently, the relatively easy CLAT question paper as compared to 2015 was just a feast for the impatient devil within me, who hot unleashed on 8th May, 2016 and all the mocks and hours of practicing accuracy and precision in choosing the right answers went in vain. I left the exam hall in beamish euphoria, pretty much contented that I’m done with this joyride and probably I’m on the radar of NALSAR or NLSIU. (Too much confidence. Sigh)  The CLAT Committee didn’t disappoint either, the scores were out in 3 days and that’s when reality struck, the earth froze and time stopped. The birds didn’t chirp anymore and the sky faded to grey. I looked up at my screen and was certain that even on my best day NUALS wouldn’t call me.

After 10 days of turmoil and anticipation, the final results were also announced. And between the Hobson’s choice of either NLUJAA or UPES, I chose the latter.

Going for a private college over an NLU was a controversial decision and everyone looked at me with acrimoniousness, their eyes wailing for the reason behind such audacity. However, the fact that for a few extra bucks I would get a specialization in a specific category of law which is being explored vastly right now was always a cherry to my eyes. The prospect of being a consummate of Energy Laws which was an add-on to my ordinary law degree was in itself, worthy of being picked over any other law school. Furthermore, the resources as advertised and promised turned out to be impeccable.

Another lucrative factor about UPES is its emphasis on the current needs of the legal world, with several student societies functioning as a platform for enhancing the various attributes required to excel in the business. And by that I literally mean “business”, over here at UPES we are constantly reminded and brushed up for our goals by several workshops, International conferences, Seminars etc. The Society of Law and Literature at UPES for instance, organizes the Law Week Celebrations which includes various interactive and literary events such as the Legal Spell Bee, Turn Coat, Air crash competition as well as a Book Review competition followed by the convocation of the winners on the Constitution Day. The Technology Society takes charge of the TechnoLAWgy week emphasizing on competitions based on IPR and Cyber laws. Moreover, the College of Legal Studies also organizes its flagship Techno Legal National Moot Court Competition, The Dr. Paras Diwan Memorial International Energy Law Moot Court Competition and the Novice Moot Court Competition along with the National Trial Advocacy Championship.

Now that I’ve spent almost a year being a part of the UPES fraternity, I would affirm that the standard of education provided over here is immaculate and it outflanks almost every other private law school or a low tier NLU. Discipline among the students is the first priority of the administration and it leaves no stone unturned to make sure that the students don’t indulge in any sort of inappropriate activity.

Au Revoir!

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