Interview by Keerthana Gedela, our Campus Leader from DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam.
Raunaque Varma is a 5th year student of DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam. He has interned at various Tier 1 Law Firms and has published papers at reputed journals of various law schools.
1. How would you like to introduce yourself?
It has been a long journey for me, and looking back to those memories, makes me a little nostalgic since I’m here, there is no escaping now.
I come from a humble background that makes me a first generation lawyer, therefore, establishing myself in the field of law was quite challenging and since I had no legal background, I had to work things myself.
But it has been a fantastic and exciting feeling to know that, where I stand today, is on account of my own efforts and hard work.
2. Would you please share your internship experiences with us?
My Internship decisions were based on a longing to encounter the assortment of parts that I could take upon graduating. In this way, I needed to explore what the distinctive worlds involved – that of Litigation, Corporate house, Media house, LPOs and so forth.
My decision to seek an assortment of internships implied that I didn’t have the chance to intern at a medium size firm. In this way, when I went to these law firms in my fourth year, I was altogether arranged to do each sort of work. Be that as it may.
Amazingly, I got mentally invigorating work and didn’t need to grumble about simply lifting records or printing as some of my colleagues had whined while working at other law offices.
I was working with the litigation team at Singhania and Partners and got a chance to take a shot at some striking matters while there.
At Sibal and Co., I did an assortment of work which made me feel confident about the breadth of experience that I could look as future prospects.
3. What made you choose law? Who was your inspiration?
Hailing from a non-legal background, the sole inspiration to turn towards law was my own particular persuasion and profound regard for this respectable profession.
It is, in fact, one of the oldest and respected professions recorded ever; various distinct advantages all through the social and political history of the world have been a legal expert.
My inspiration for everything keeps on being the most overwhelming individual nature of my mom, which is a joy. I take after everything that carries me joy and with, that I can without much of a stretch say my mom is the biggest inspiration of my life.
4. Could you please share any valuable laurels you achieved during your life in law school?
I would like to believe that I made the most of my five years at the law school. I studied when it was required to, and guaranteed I had time for my friends and myself as well.
Law requires bunches of contemplating, But, a law school experience is incomplete without cooperation in volunteer programme, co-curricular exercises and sports. Thinking back, I am happy I benefited as much as possible from the resources I had available.
As far as journals and publications are concerned, I was fortunate enough to publish my journals in National Law University Delhi and National Law School of India Bangalore. Needless to say, it was an exhilarating experience.
My involvement in publications is restricted to the years I have spent as a student. I do, in any case, hold very strong views with regards to the condition of publications in India today.
There is an incredible void in the legal space with regards to unique publication. It is the Indian education framework that is generally to blame for this; students are educated to take in another’s perspectives, not instructed to have an independent mind or to shape their own particular feelings.
It is amazingly uncommon to discover new ways to deal with law, new answers for lawful issues, or strong criticism of existing enactment and point of reference.
My recommendation to anybody wanting to be published be unique and show something new through your writing.
5. What might be, in your opinion, a good choice for our law grads, both economical and career wise? If you were to choose between being a A Litigator or a corporate rat, what would you choose, and why?
As a matter of fact, I should state I have yet not aced both areas of law. I am yet to learn and develop in this profession. But yes, I have worked in both environments.
The fact of the matter is exceptionally basic; both corporate and litigation obliges you to apply your mind and work diligently. Both corporate and litigation lawyers have an alternate style and prerequisite of working.
Drafting is imperative for both. What I feel is that a man who has done drafting in the Litigiation side may have an edge over the general population working in Corporate, since litigation lawyers are more exposed to courts.
6. Please share your hobbies or interests.
I am a big lover of theater and dance and i love trekking too.
7. What is the scope you see in the subject you have take exclusively in your final year in 7 years? What made you interested in it?
At first, Constitutional law was the one subject which energized me the most. I think hardly you will find a young law student who is not hypnotized by those landmark judgments shaping our Constitution.
In the later years of the law school I began interning with law firms and was exposed to different areas in business laws, for which I built up a gradual interest.
Securities law, which likewise was my first area of interest, is additionally something I appreciated. Steady reading, research papers and umpteen numbers of discussions with my companions truly helped me in law school.
8. How was your experience in law school this far?
I would say I had the time of my life at college. Not just because DSNLU is a very good academic institution but for the people and the work culture the place had and helped all of us guzzle.
I was an exceptionally bashful person before college; the place played a vital part in molding my identity, beliefs, and value systems.
I especially savor the magnificent brotherhood, every one of us bound together through the chaos of projects and also last minute exam readings, attempting to beat some incomprehensible deadlines and shared collective efforts on dissertations as well.
9. Would you like to give any suggestions for law students ?
Read and do research as much as you can. Don’t try to mug. Law is nothing but common sense and once you read and dissect things will naturally come to you.
Always take direction from experienced personnel and buckle up for an tough ride if you want to be a successful lawyer as initial 2 to 3 years are your investment of time with positively no returns.