Career Talk with Adv. Sushant M. Singh, Phase I: The One Where The Law School Happened

photoLawctopus would like to extend its warmest gratitude to Ms. Juhilata Puntambekar of SLS, Pune for interviewing Adv. Sushant M. Singh.

Sushant is an Advocate in Hon’ble Supreme Court and Delhi High Court.

He is the Managing Partner of Sushant M. Singh & Associates, New Delhi.

Here is the 1st part of the interview, a very honest one at that.

Q. Hello Mr. Sushant! Tell us something about yourself?

I am a practicing advocate in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India.

Normally, people tag me with IPR but I’d like to be considered as “an arguing counsel”.

For now, being young, I do as many cases as I can in several courts across India so that I have a wide exposure.

Q. Describe your childhood in brief? Your sources of inspiration i.e. your driving forces?

My childhood has been, if I say, in a regulated regime. As I was a son of an advocate who was disciplined in his profession. My parents have been backbone for me and one can say that they are driving force for me also.

This is due to the reason that whichever way they asked me to go, I followed that path.

My sources of inspiration, as I mentioned above, are my parents as I have always followed them though some time late but never disobeyed them or let them down.

Otherwise, my failures are my driving forces.

I am personally a Gita (Holy Scripture of Hindus) loving person and therefore I believe in the theory of Karma (action) which is that one should work every day every time as Karma is one’s Dharma (righteousness or duty).

This has been one of the sources of inspiration for me, which has led me get going every time. 

Q. Why did you choose law? Did your father in any manner influence your choices and conviction?

Frankly speaking, my choices to the extent were influenced by my family’s choice which was that I should become a lawyer.

However, as and when things progressed, I continued pursuing law and ultimately started liking and enjoying it.

I believe in the“where there is a will, there is a way” philosophy.

This is exactly what has happened with me when I joined law. I scored very goods marks in 12th standard and I was admitted as a commerce student in B.Com (Hons.) Course.

Thereafter, I was admitted to Law College after my family persuaded me to join law.  I was reluctant in the first year to continue with the said course which I had found quite alien to my stream being a commerce student, but things gradually changed and I remained in the said stream of law and now being interviewed by you as a lawyer.

My convictions have never been influenced by anyone.

Q. How was the law school journey?

My law school journey was quite exciting. In the first year I was taught the subjects relating to Arts which I did not find favorable. Things got very boring in the first year. Teachers used to ask me many questions which I could not answer and hence I became the laughing stock of the class!

The projects which were given to me week after ever week were painful and pressurizing.

It was also at this point of time that I thought I would be enjoying college life for 2-3 years but in reality, I  actually landed up going to library even after 5.00 pm.

Indeed, it was tough and pressurizing but I think it was right at that relevant time in order to make the law students aware that they have to remain along with books and spend time with them.

In second and third year, my acceptability of law in my life increased as I became used to the system of Law College. Fourth and Fifth years were most the exciting years where I also used to participate in Moot Court Competitions after taking inspiration from highly competent students.

I did my internship only with one lawyer who was a junior of my father in Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi.  During the third year, I joined office of my father and started going to international conferences as my father wanted me to have a wider exposure.

Overall, my law school training was exciting as well as challenging. 

Q. Things you liked to do in the law school?

Things which I liked to do in the law school include the Moot Court Competitions which came to my share quite late.  I also liked to indulge myself into several other extra-curricular activities but I did not get much chance to do so.

Writing research papers and thesis and giving Power Point Presentations were also quite exciting  (really!) which helped me a lot.

Q. Things you’d advise others to stay wary of?

The age of college student is quite young wherein he/she has less responsibilities they tend to tilt towards anything which comes their way. It becomes quite fascinating for a young person to indulge into adventures. Due to this, young students often make mistakes during their college time.

The said mistakes include drugs, alcoholism, fights with other students and getting too much involved with the opposite sex.  All these aspects in the young age look quite fascinating but at the same time they affect one’s career as a law student.

Q. Your biggest achievements in law school?

My biggest achievement is ‘my acceptability’ as a law student which grew year-by-year. As I said, I was considered as the least participative student in the first year.

However, at the end of my college life, comments in my annual book records proclaimed that I was academically brilliant and also recorded messages such as ‘Tussi Na Jao’.

Another achievement is the ‘confidence’, utilised in discussing any topic. This habit has helped me a lot in becoming a good lawyer and for that I am really thankful to law college.

Q. Your personal failures?

My upbringing had been very regulated. My father was in the processing of being elevated to the High Court Bench as a judge (Hon’ble Justice Manmohan Singh) at the same time I became a lawyer.

Therefore, I compromised over number of things in lieu of my growth in the career. My First failure, is that I did not look back from my law life to find time and engage myself in sports and other activities.

Another failure would be lack of social relations.

I was always involved in one case after another and I always pushed myself and my law firm to become bigger and bigger. In this process, human relations and social relations were kind of tossed aside.

But now, I am trying to overcome these shortcomings by striking the right balance.

Q. Subjects you liked the most? Any particular Professor who inspired you?

I personally liked subjects relating to commercial laws such Law of Contract, Arbitration law, Intellectual Property law, Constitutional law and many more.

The professor who inspired me was Prof. M L Upadhaya, who was an 80+ gentleman. He had read the constitutional law so well that he had the whole constitutional law on his tips.

He used to teach us orally without referring to any book and he even used to teach us land laws. I was inspired by his knowledge and experience which he gathered as a teacher.

 

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  1. Shakeel Syed says:

    No doubt he is a very hardworking guy, good interpreter of IPR law and always want to learn something new, which I like the most. Not someone who chase material life, in that sense he is more mature than his age. I wish him Best of Luck.

  2. Protik Prokash Banerji says:

    This is a facet of Singh’s life that was very illuminating. However I do not think it will be of wide application. Mr. Singh is the son of a very successful practitioner who joined law because of his family, worked first under his father’s junior and then with his father. His father was later elevated to the Hon’ble High Court. He therefore started law with some advantages. He did not have to worry about the hearth fires burning. He did not have to worry about the first few years of law practice or exposure or client-base. He has done brilliantly for himself and at such a young age not only manages a law firm, but also argues in Court and is furthermore a name in the field of IPR. Yet this is an example of a privileged background begetting yet more brilliance. That is not take away anything from his achievements. What I mean to say is that when a law-student has no connections apart from his law-school background and the internships he has done, or when he is an average student despite hard work, but wants to practise law, he will not be able to take any lesson from the interview except that hard work is necessary, and one of the roads to academic brilliance is a. Not to indulge in substance abuse, be it alcohol or drugs b. Not to get into fights with other students and c. Not to be very involved with the opposite sex. Now I have a problem with that. I drank excessively in the University Law College, I used to get into altercations at the University with monotonous regularity and I have sown my wild oats. Of course I settled down with time and mellowed considerably with age and now do not imbibe hard liquor AT ALL. My father was a Senior Advocate but we never worked together in our lives and my father would refuse a brief if I was briefed with him, except on two occasions when he could not avoid it. Yet I flatter myself that I have not done too badly for myself, though I did not head my own law firm at the age of 28. So you judge. Is this the story that an average law student will benefit from? I apologize in advance if even inadvertently I hurt anyone’s feelings.

  3. It was a nice interview. I too, was least interested in class participation in my initial years. But it’s all fine now. Times change, people change.

    I suppose there will be another piece on his career, right? I am interested in ipr and hence, that section will be of help.

    Thank you Lawctopus.

  4. Daddy dont preach says:

    ” drugs, alcoholism, fights with other students and getting too much involved with the opposite sex. “!!??
    Why does he have to talk like a grandpa? If so, then if I am madly in love with a person/s (!!), I can’t be a good lawyer?
    The real test lies in balancing everything, and still getting your **** in place. Ab nahi toh kab?

    In all, a very lame and dull interview. Lawctopus should get interviews of people who have made a mark for themselves and can serve as inspiration. And if they have, kindly mention the same in the intro.

    • Adv Sushant Singh is just 28 and he is Managing Partner of an IP firm. This in itself shows that he has made a mark for himself. Only if you were a little less ignorant you would have known that running a law firm of your own in a competitive city like Delhi is indeed a very big deal.
      I had an opportunity to intern under him and he is one of the best teachers ever. So don’t ridicule people when you have an opportunity to learn from them. I am sure that even you know people who have either dropped out of law school or are simply wasting their time in law school doing nothing constructive because they have indulged in drugs and alcoholism.
      You have got a brilliant opportunity to learn from people who have achieved quite a lot in their life. Please don’t underestimate people when you have absolutely no experience in the field they have mastered.

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