The GNLU Centre for Law and Society organised an Open House with Ms. Avani Bansal and Mr. Tejas Motwani on September 8, 2017. This served as the perfect opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate law students to seek a nuanced understanding of how the social media age facilitates the idea of doing one’s fair share for serving the society. They also answered students’ queries regarding their future career prospects.
Ms. Bansal an Advocate currently working with the Chambers of Senior Advocate, Mr. Harish Salve, New Delhi, has balanced an exemplary career and stellar academic record in Hidayatullah National Law University, Harvard Law School and University of Oxford along with establishing and running an admirable legal awareness initiative through a YouTube channel called ‘Hamara Kanoon’, which focusses on legal literacy by explaining important laws in Hindi.
The Open House also featured Mr. Tejas Motwani, an alumni of School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore. He brought a vast amount of varied experience to the table with his stint at a Corporate Law Firm in Singapore, establishing his own firm and running a philanthropic organization called ‘English with Tejas’. The session was an informative one wherein Ms. Bansal and Mr. Tejas Motwani provided some very useful insights regarding their initiatives.
Ms. Bansal encouraged the students to aspire big and advised them not to be apprehensive about taking big challenges from their first year at the law school. She stressed on the need for the students not to make either/or choices in terms of mooting or publication and rather maintain a balance between the two. She also stressed on the need to develop the writing skills of law students and gave the students some useful tips on how to design the best CV.
During the talk, she also emphasized on the need to think unconventionally, to share ones ideas with a large number of people, and to use one’s skills to create something new. She also spoke about the importance of good internships in a law student’s life. Her ideas on effecting changes in society by initiating smaller actions, say even writing a blog article for a social initiative that is difficult to realize in the capacity of a student. She focussed on how ideas should not be stored in a manner where they never see the light of the day. Rather, ideas should be channelized across different social media so that their propagation and adoption may lead to quantifiable results.
Mr. Motwani encouraged the students to ensure that their ideas are not restricted to themselves, but are known to the people. In this regard, he advised them to ensure that the research papers that they write are backed by good research and in a manner that they are worthy of being published. He also emphasized on the value of good publications for a law student.
After sharing their experience in the legal field, they turned to answer some queries from the students.
Student: How important is it to have a backup plan for a law student aspiring to crack the UPSC examination?
Ms. Bansal: It is very important for every student to have a backup plan which would ultimately depend on the choices you make and the chances that you are offered. Always have an ABCD backup plan, under which A is your goal in life at the beginning of your law school life and plans B, C, D are your fall back options which would determine your choice of activities at the law school.
Student: What do senior advocates look for in lawyers?
Mr. Tejas Motwani: Students with a passion towards law are most sought after. One should be well versed with not only the laws but also the procedure of how courts work. He also shared his own experience in this regard.
(Report written by Anmol Rathore and edited by Yashi Saraswat)