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“Lawyers never lose their APPEAL”

Dare to dream beyond Engineering, MBBS, Mass communication, MBA et al? Yes, the next BIG thing that is the next step for a fine professional career is Law. Over the last decade the education industry has seen a boom in this field with the establishments of Law schools in India. There have been many famous personalities from this field in India like Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Nani Palkhivala, etc. and in the foreign land Abraham Lincoln, who gave us the definition of “Democracy, Barack Obama and his better half, Michelle Obama. But one would ask, why prefer law in the recession blues?  Law grooms one to be aware of things happening in the world, develop diplomacy, the art of arguing, stand for what is right. It’s a steady profession no matter what happens. (Picture: Law College, Osmania University. Credit: Tweeter Tinuviel)

University College of Law, Osmania University, was established in the year 1918, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and it is amongst the most reputed “Law Schools” of AP. LLB stands for Legum Baccalaureus, which is a bit of a tongue twister. The college offers both 5 year degree and 3 year degree courses [LL.B and LL.M]. It is situated in the OU Campus, which is the center for many other colleges and is located in the city itself. Colleges like PG Law College, Pendakanti Law College, and MG Law College etc. are affiliated to this University college.

The college has well furnished classrooms, which can accommodate up to 80 students. The yearly intake, which was 80 is now 6o for both Indian and the foreign nationals, where the foreign nationals intake depends on super numeral – the minimum quorum and also depends by  the funding By the Government of AP. The ex-Principal, now the mentor for the 5 year degree course, one Mr. G.B. Reddy says, “The nation might not need an engineer or a medical student because we have produced more than adequate, but a lawyer is needed for the proper functioning of the society. We are the backbone of society. The infrastructure and the ambiance is what made us go ahead with the Five year Degree Course in the university, which was not in the picture 3 years back! We have encouraged our students to participate in competitions regardless of they win it or not. Their talent is recognized and in response we did get applauded. I am proud to boast about the profession, college and my students”.

Classrooms. Credit: Shaila

Classrooms. Credit: Shaila

The Library. Credit: Shaila

The Library. Credit: Shaila

The Library. Credit: Shaila

The Library. Credit: Shaila

A Library, situated on the first floor, considered the oldest in the state , houses over 4000 books. And also it has print back of news articles editions right from the day India was independent. It has a spacious place to read. The librarians Mr. Sastry and Mr. Satish are very cooperative. A Computer room helps the students to access the web facilities. The common scenario is that, the students in the final year apply for LPO’s (Legal Process Outsourcing) and gather info because the hostelers have no other access to internet.

A Moot Court Hall, situated in the ground floor, which is nothing but a place, where the students position themselves as the bench of lawyers and they have a Case law, which is to be solved, like in a Courtroom. In short, it’s a mock court. This consists of a team of three – 1st mooter, 2nd mooter and the researcher. This prepares the students to participate in state and national and also at the international arena moot court competitions. The college has won laurels at two state level competitions and a national level competition. These are the AP High Court Moot Competition organized by AP Advocates Association, in association with RAINMAKER, a leading LPO (Legal Process Outsourcing) in India; MG Moot Court by MG Law College, Hyderabad; University College of Law (UCL), Bangalore, grabbing the 9th place out of 32 Law schools that have participated.

Sports room, situated in the ground floor, helps the students to develop in extra curricular activities other than academics. The college has participated in a recent competition held by PG Law College, NEXUS, winning all in sports such as Caroms, Chess, Table Tennis [both men and women], Throw ball, Badminton, Kabadi. The Seminar hall, situated in the first floor, adjacent to the library, holds a capacity up to 200 members. This for the lectures, which is delivered by personalities from the AP Bar council, like the very own Dean, Dr. Narshima Reddy garu, etc.; even to those lectures, which are pertaining to legal establishments or even burning topics like global warming.

Computer Lab. Credit: Shaila

Computer Lab. Credit: Shaila

The Moot Court Hall. Credit: Shaila

The Moot Court Hall. Credit: Shaila

Sports room. Credit: Shaila

Sports room. Credit: Shaila

There are many career opportunities for Law students and their scope is vast. For example, in companies we have Corporate law, then Environmental law in the issues like Global warming, Media law, Space law… the list goes on. It doesn’t end there; Civil Services, Solicitors, Advocates, Legal consultants, Judge Advocate general, etc. are few of the many other options. One doesn’t have to be a prodigy to excel, but one must develop the knack in order succeed in this field.

Skills which are a MUST for an aspirant: Reading, the thought process, curiosity to know, writing (Drafting) skills, listening with observation and confidence.

When Aniket was asked to state three essential benefits in being a LAWYER, he says, “There are many benefits being a lawyer… still to carve out three important benefits:  1. Lawyers are the leaders of the society; 2. It expands our horizon… being a lawyer we can easily move in every field; 3. A single argument of a lawyer can turn fortunes into a country and I would like to add one more thing, as far as lawyers are concerned, our Character is our respect”.

At "NEXUS" - the group with a winning spirit! Credit: Akanksha Patil

At "NEXUS" - the group with a winning spirit! Credit: Akanksha Patil

For Shradha Ahuja, a law student from Osmania Law College and whose mother is in this field says, “What motivated my mom is that though she had none of her family members in this field, and she being a woman, it was– her passion to make it big in this noble profession of law. Today, most professions are viewed as thoroughly commercial – be it education which perhaps is the most lucrative business today or the medical line and now even law. But what makes Law stand out from the other professions is that Law is an instrument of social change. Lawyers play an extraordinary role – the role of reform and conscience. As a whole, law is a conservative profession. I dream of being a part of this society, as I hold a responsibility too. It’s nice to be Unique!” Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in this world”. So inspired!?

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