July 15, 2024

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Anadi Tewari from HNLU, Raipur

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Name of the Student

Anadi Tewari

Full name of the college

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Anadi Tewari. I am currently pursuing my Master of Laws (LLM) – Technology and Law from the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur. I completed my Bachelors in Law [LL.B (Hons.)] from the Faculty of Law, University of Lucknow in the year 2023. 

What motivated you to pursue law as a career?

I initially lacked a clear answer on what option to pursue in terms of my career. Until my last board exam, I was uncertain about my post-school plans. Some may interpret this as carelessness, but I view it as a phase filled with enjoyable moments.

Ultimately, I chose to pursue law, a path handed down by my grandfather and father. As the eldest of two sons, I felt a moral duty to carry on their legacy. Currently, I am pursuing my LLM after a demanding five-year bachelor’s program.

Tell us about your journey from Campus Ambassador at Bar and Bench to presently working full time for the organization.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I alongside 2 of my friends had worked on a writ petition by a law student who was denied entry in the examination hall due to being infected with COVID-19. The said petition was mentioned before the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the day of the exam and that boy was granted relief and allowed to sit in the exam. During the course of all of that, I wrote news reports pertaining to the said petition and started spamming the editors of Bar & Bench to kindly consider the same and publish it. All of that was eventually in vain.

However, God gifted me with the opportunity to pursue something which I felt intrigued me a lot. As the pandemic hit us, I got my Campus Ambassador selection message from Bar & Bench and thereafter, I again continued writing reports on latest judgments which were not yet reported by Bar & Bench and started spamming the editors again. Somehow, this worked and they started recognizing the efforts and subsequently, I started writing reports for them. 

The journey at Bar & Bench has been long and is still continuing. I have failed to address a lot more details on the same due to certain constraints, however, this is something which I feel my interest lies in.

We are all aware that court judgments are extremely long. Could you perhaps provide the readers some pointers on how to develop a precise or brief for the same?

In all honesty, there’s no way to avoid reading the entire judgment when preparing a brief. There are no shortcuts available. However, if the judgment has already been reported by legal portals, you can utilize their concise summaries to assist in creating your own brief. Reading judgments can cultivate good reading habits and improve your reading speed over time, even though it can be tedious, especially with complex case facts or unfamiliar legal subjects.

Persisting in reading judgments, regardless of initial challenges, offers long-term benefits. Additionally, if legal portals like Bar & Bench, SCC Online, Manupatra, LiveLaw, etc., have reported on the judgments, you can use their reports to get a quick overview and potentially spark your interest in the case. SCC Online and Manupatra also provide case notes for lengthy judgments, which can be helpful in developing a brief. You can also refer to Digest Notes from SCC Online to gather information on specific important issues addressed in the case. Nevertheless, the best approach remains to read the case thoroughly.

How should research questions be approached and analyzed? Which platform do you use for research?

Understanding and analyzing research questions effectively is crucial for meaningful research. To approach research successfully, first, grasp the problem, define objectives and scope. Conduct background research to gain insights, formulate a hypothesis, and decide on data collection methods, be it empirical or doctrinal.

After gathering data, analyze it in relation to the research question. For research platforms, consider JSTOR, Google Scholar, PubMed, ResearchGate, Academic.edu, and dedicated journal websites like the Indian Law Institute Journal. These steps and platforms are essential for efficient research. 

Tell us a bit about the courses being taught to you at HNLU right now.

At HNLU, we have been provided three specialized courses i.e., IPR Law, Corporate Law and Technology and Law. As stated previously, I have opted for specialization in the Technology and Law. Under the specialization, we further study three papers. Apart from the specialization courses, in the first semester, we also study three compulsory papers i.e., Law and Justice in Globalizing World, Research Methodology and Legal Writing and Comparative Public Law. However, in the second semester, we would only be studying three optional papers of the specialized course.

Lastly, what advice would you like to give to the law students reading this interview?

A few things that readers can take away from this interview is to: 

  • Stay Committed: Pursuing a career in law can be demanding, but commitment to your studies and your goals is crucial. Stay focused on your long-term objectives, and don’t be discouraged by the challenges you face.
  • Build Strong Foundations: Ensure you have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of law. Pay close attention to your coursework in the early years, as it forms the basis for more advanced legal concepts.
  • Stay Inquisitive: Law is a dynamic field. Always be curious and open to learning. Keep yourself updated on legal developments, both nationally and internationally.
  • Develop Critical Thinking: Law involves analyzing complex issues and making well-reasoned arguments. Cultivate your critical thinking skills, as they will serve you well in your studies and your legal career.
  • Effective Communication: Strong communication skills are essential for lawyers. Practice writing and public speaking to express your thoughts clearly and persuasively.
  • Legal Internships: Practical experience through internships or clerkships is crucial for applying theoretical knowledge and improving your resume. This advice is especially relevant for those preparing for judiciary or civil services exams. Being proficient in reading pure Hindi or Bhojpuri text and communicating effectively is vital when serving as a Civil Judge.
  • Moot Courts and Mock Trials: Participate in moot court competitions and mock trials to hone your advocacy skills and gain courtroom experience.
  • Stay Resilient: There will be setbacks and challenging times in your legal journey. Stay resilient, learn from failures, and use them as opportunities for growth.
  • Mental and Physical Health: Law school can be stressful, so take care of your mental and physical health. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep are essential. I haven’t pursued any of these as such but I think its my responsibility to convey this to my readers.
  • Balance Work and Life: While it’s important to work hard, don’t forget to maintain a balance between your academic and personal life. Burnout can affect your performance. Remember that a legal career is not just about earning a degree; it’s about making a positive impact on society.

This Interview was submitted by Suhani Rastogi from University of Lucknow.

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