The Conversation Junction

By the time high school is over, you are expected to metamorphosize into young adults and determine the necessary “course of action” as far as your career prospects are concerned. This, when in fact, whether you will leap ahead or lag behind depends largely on your ability to cope with the immense amount of pressure from various quarters. The immediate family always has a “plan” to impose upon you and your friends are as clueless as you! Amidst all the commotion, if you take up a stream that you believe will leverage your ambitions and aid your prospects in the field of law and public policy, you may often feel at sea, as you don’t know where and when to start and how to furnish a well thought out plan of action that will lead you in the right direction. (more…)

Of Law and Policy…

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

At LexQuest, we have come to believe that thus far, our most well received articles are the ones which are purely legal in nature, and delve deeper into various facets of a certain aspect of law alone. Now, we know fully well that the dearth of good legal literature has always been an issue. So, if our law centric pieces serve as the means to make this landscape even slightly better, through the much needed ingenuity of a legal write-up, we are glad to be of use.

However, when it comes to the law and policy interface, where we set out to spread awareness in the space of policy implications of a law and/or vice versa, people aren’t too enthusiastic about this knowledge base.I believe that the interface between law and policy is something we all often misconstrue or only understand in fractional terms. However, if we dig a little deeper, as a matter of fact, any policy can only come to fruition, when laws are in place for the same. Therefore it’s not that “good policy” alone can define the interlink between law and policy, because our most effective policies along with the most ill-conceived ones, originate only through our laws. (Think DBT Schemes vis-a-vis the idea of Welfare State, think Aadhar vis-a-vis Right to Privacy, think Swachha Bharat vis-a-vis Right to Life, think Social Security Schemes vis-a-vis the Preamble, et al.).

I wonder, if and when the aforementioned occurs as the most obvious fact and/or revelation to one and all, why the ignorance and apathy towards making room for this interface? Which section of our people is duty bound to understand, analyse and question the policies that serve as a crucial medium for us to assess the legislators’ intentions and abilities? Do the Legal Professionals deem such information invaluable as they don’t often need it at work? Does our reluctance spring from the belief that such interface is the breeding ground for mud-slinging and hence an utter waste of time?

Either way I think we are selling ourselves short here. If you believe that dwelling upon this space for any longer than what can afford you a Social Media comment/like, is unnecessary, I would say let’s rewind and play. Probably your Sixth grade Civics book amazed you a bit more than that, when you were told for the first time (out and about by your teacher) that India is the largest democracy in the world and that our Republic’s reputation for “free and fair” elections is a case study for many.

May be remembering that gawky eyed child, could reinvigorate the adult in you so, that the next time you want to shrug off a well intended piece of writing in the domain of law and policy, you would instead find a reason to pause and ponder. Because, even as the vox populi turns questionable, voices need not vanish.

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Exceptions to Principles of Natural Justice: Part I

By Adv. Shriya Maini.

“There are no Victors in the game of law until the Court verdicts…”

Justice is the most important task of Rule of Law of the State. The role of an attorney is an integral part of the justice system of the State which fails its society if the litigant is not zealously represented. The prime object of this post is to develop an understanding of exceptions to Principles of Natural Justice with a special emphasis on its legal aspects conducive to equip the law students with a profound understanding of how an advocate ought to approach a case procedurally. (more…)

A Commentary on the Biography ‘Cornelia Sorabjee: India’s Pioneer Woman Lawyer’

By Sandhya Shyamsundar, WBNUJS, Kolkata.

On reading the biography ‘Cornelia Sorabjee: India’s Pioneer Woman Lawyer‘, one is bound to fall in love with Suparna Gooptu’s take on the legal luminary Cornelia Sorabji who was the first woman to study law in Oxford and, India’s second woman advocate.

Cornelia, though being a pioneer in multiple ways at a time when the colonial professional world was marked by a strong racial and gender bias, failed to occupy the centre stage in colonial India, either as a professional, or in politics, or even in social reform. The book analyzes the political, social and cultural milieu in which she spent her childhood and youth, charts out the implications of her birth in an Indian Christian family, examines the circumstances that made her the first Indian woman to study law, documents her experience in the legal profession and colonial bureaucracy, and understands why and with what consequences she remained a firm loyalist of the British Empire and a critic of mainstream Indian nationalist politics. The author succeeds in doing so (more…)

Importance of law firm internships in the life of a law student

By Akash Agarwal, Amity Law School, Noida.

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.-William Shakespeare

As rightly pointed out by the legend of literature that with the power of knowledge, one can have access to the doors of heaven. It is not only he, who recognised the importance and value of knowledge in the world, but several brilliant minds have also focused on its vitality and proficiency that it possess within itself. (more…)

Tips for Internships in India

By Amit Agrawal, IMS School of Law, Dehradun.

Internships, the first thing we strive to do in order to know the practical aspects of our legal field, to fulfill the mandate of our Law schools and also to improve our curriculum vitae.

This article is, in particular, with respect to my experience of internship with an advocate and at Law firms and I think the readers can benefit more or less from the below mentioned experiences. Moreover, I think these are certain things which should be shared in a profound way so that others can benefit from it. I hope you derive help from this article and enrich your thought process. (more…)

E-Courts in India: A much needed initiative

By Vartika Aggarwal, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies.

Disputes and litigation have increased to such an extent in India that they have overburdened the Indian Judiciary. Courts have to struggle hard to cover the backlog of cases but the backlog keeps on increasing on a daily basis. Many of such disputes can be either avoided or they can be resolved through negotiation. (more…)

Supreme Court Internships: Worth it?

By Darshi Mehta, Government Law College, Mumbai.

Here are 9 reasons why you should intern at the Supreme Court of India!

Internships

Internships are an elemental portion of today’s legal education. Choosing where to intern can turn into a pickle. And interning at the Supreme Court is another affair. Here’s why? (more…)

Internship in Lower Court: A must for Law Students?

 

By Aparna Menon, Government Law College, Mumbai.Lower Courts

Nowadays, the old trend of interning in an NGO in the first year, High Court in the second, Supreme  Court in the third and law firms in the fourth and fifth years has faded away. Each law student, now, gets time to have multiple internships per year, which has therefore increased their work experience and learning opportunities by manifold. Since, the number of internship opportunities has increased, it is recommended that one should intern in the lower courts first and then move on to higher courts in the later years of their law school life. The reasons for the same are multiple. (more…)

Internship Culture in India

By Mandavi Mehrotra, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow.

Internship

For all those young bloods who choose to burn the midnight oil and take internships for trade and vocational jobs, though even reluctantly when no stipends are given, serious questions of legitimacy and importance of internships/stages/work experience/industry experience pop up, especially in the Indian milieu. Interestingly, Indian culture has undergone sweeping modernization adapting to the western model of education. The long journey of the Indian educational spectrum from the Gurukul system till the present day culture featuring smart classes, practical and demonstrative pedagogy, experimentation, research and development and of course, job shadowing and internships. (more…)