How would you introduce yourself to our readers who are mostly students across India? Please tell us a bit about your family back ground?

I’m an idealist who believes that man makes his own destiny. I was born to a family of engineers and thus, I’m the first generation lawyer. However, I don’t think familial connection is the only way to make a mark upon the legal industry.

Where did you go for your schooling? What were your aspirations when you were in school?

I spent my school years round the world and had a geographical unstable schooling. As a kid, I aspired to be an architect and paint my skyscraper in the New York Skyline!

Which factors do you believe shaped your decision to pursue law?

I assume it was the recession of 2008 which sparked my interest in understanding the financial markets, which ultimately culminated in pursuing a career in corporate laws.

Your experience at RGNUL? Please tell us about activities in which you were involved passionately?

RGNUL was a long journey which enabled me to gain a strong base in law. The five year integrated course offered is unique. It enables one to specialize at dual level (BA and LLB). The faculty is extremely supportive and encourages one to purse one’s area of interest in-depth.

Although I concentrated on academics, I managed to write multiple papers, participate and win accolades in Moot Court Competitions and other literary events.

Could you tell about your internship experiences? What sort of internships did you prefer and what learning experiences did you gain from it?

Internships positively aid in enabling students to gain a glimpse of work culture and professional life. I mostly interned in law firms in India and one outside the country. The practice areas I worked during my internships range from company law practice, securities law, foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions and taxation.  I’d suggest students not to intern during all their free time because once they start working gaining new experiences or acquiring new skills would be a challenge. Amongst all my internships, I enjoyed working at S&R Associates the most. It was challenging and the work extensively involved investment laws.

You have a great academic record since school days. Share with our readers a few actionable tips on managing high grades.

I believe it’s very easy to be a ranker in law school. Regularity, entailing attending classes and making submissions on time, will not only assure top marks but would also give students time to invest in co-curricular activities. The course structure at law schools are designed to facilitate participation in other activities like writing articles and preparing for moot court competitions while maintaining a high grade.

When & why did you decide to create for yourself a career in Corporate Law?

I discovered my love for Economics in high school which when coupled with my interest in financial markets, made corporate laws not just appealing but also a logical choice.

What were your areas of interest during your graduation? How did you go about developing expertise and knowledge in these areas?

Corporate laws, specifically corporate finance and governance along with International Taxation are the disciplines I am passionate about. In order to develop an in-depth knowledge, I wrote papers, attended conferences, talked to professionals among other things to gain a holistic view and understand career prospects. Moreover, Cambridge gave me an opportunity to specialize in these subjects.

What are your thoughts on activities like mooting, debating and publications in law?

There is no particular set of qualities that define a lawyer. Albeit certain activities like mooting, paper publishing do provide a scope for a student to explore law and its practical application however, there are multiple other activities that a student can pursue.

How important it is for a lawyer to pursue higher studies? What motivated you to pursue Masters in commercial law? How you landed at Cambridge University?

Higher education is not an essential to be qualified as a lawyer in India. Masters help in inculcating a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of law. It enables one to gain specialized knowledge.

I always wanted to study in one of the top 5 universities of the world. Ever since I read about Newton, Cambridge caught my fancy and law at Cambridge is comparable only to Harvard and thus, I decided to pursue further education at Cambridge in the very first year of college. After securing admission in LL.M and MCL at the faculty of law, University of Cambridge, I opted for LL.M owing to its course flexibility and repute.

Please educate us about the application process.

The admission process is extremely straightforward and lucidly provided in the university websites. It includes usual requirements like letter of reference, rank certificate, transcripts and a statement of motivation which is asked in form of different questions. I’d suggest for students interested in LLM to apply early since an early acceptance aids in securing scholarships.

Which factors do you think are determinable in securing admission there? What was the role of your academic record specifically? Did you get any scholarship?

As any other top university, Cambridge also has an extremely high academic criterion to meet. All my classmates have been rank holders of their respective college/ class.

However, academic achievement is only one of the eligibility requirements. One also needs to demonstrate a passion for the subjects they intend to pursue, which, may be done through relevant writing research papers, internships and participating in co-curricular activities.

I did manage to attain a few scholarships which covered the tuition fees, visa charges and travel expenses. The process of scholarships application and interview is a time-consuming process and students aiming for these must start applying and searching for the same almost a year before leaving for the course.

Please tell us your experiences at Cambridge?

At Cambridge, studying from and with one of the world’s most brilliant minds has been a humbling experience. Needless to say, the faculty members teaching us are the authorities in their subjects. The extent of resources available for students to expand the horizons of their knowledge base is unparalleled. All year round, the Faculty of Law hosts seminars and conferences where leading professionals and experts share developments in their field. If you are a University student, you can attend any class or seminar at any of the faculties and departments of the university. Overall, Cambridge has been an overwhelming experience.

Should an aspiring law students prefer NLUs over conventional universities? What is better at NLUs; except high fees and “great infrastructure”?

In a utopian world, a student’s university would not have any ramification on their profile. But we don’t live in a utopian world. Having said that, college brand name is not sole criterion of evaluating a student’s talent. The reality is somewhere in the middle. National Law Universities have a structured course and a great infrastructure which positively enables a student to pursue varied activities and network with professionals and students from across the spectrum.

What according to you should be the top-most things to do for someone aspiring to do masters from Cambridge?

A passion to excel and a thirst for knowledge are essential to pursue higher education at any top university of the world.

What would be your parting message to law students?

I firmly believe that in life there exists only one way to succeed and that is hard work. Along with working passionately, one must also be patient.


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