Gautam Wadhwa is a third year student of Symbiosis Law School, Noida. Previously the head of Battle of Titans (Computer Club of The Mayoor School), he is now an active part of many extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in this college.
Today, we sit and talk to him about his journey through law school and what it takes to be different from the others.
How would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am Gautam Wadhwa. I am a third year learner of BALLB at Symbiosis Law School NOIDA. Whenever in campus, you can find me either in the library working for a moot or in the park practicing with the Dramatics Society for our next play.
Outside of college, I’ll definitely be found somewhere capturing moments in my camera, or following Arsenal.
Tell us about your life before you joined law school. What made you gravitate towards law?
I had science in my +2 and wanted to become a doctor. I never really considered law as a career choice until I saw one of the entrance exam papers.
Once I started solving them, I took like fish to water. I gave a few exams and managed to qualify for Symbi. And I later fell in love with law.
To get into one of the best law schools in the country, what was your preparation methodology?
I honestly never gave it a thought. It was just solving as many previous year question papers as possible. Once you start reading a pattern, solving the questions becomes easier.
I know people who took coaching for many months but couldn’t clear it. It all comes down to how well you can prepare for the questions that you expect to come.
While at university, what co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, if any, did you partake in?
I was told to get as much exposure as possible during college. I am a part of the Moot Court Society, the Dramatics Society and represent the college in quizzes as well.
I have also been a part of the organizing committee of the national youth fest of the college – Symfiesta for two years.
Did you have any guidance on how to go about your academics, co-curricular activities and internships?
The Training and Placement cell of the college is very well equipped to handle the internship aspect.
The college has always laid emphasis on internships right from the first semester itself and the college helps us gain internships as well as teaches us how to integrate ourselves into the work environment.
Having interned in a wide range of organizations, what importance do you think an internship holds in a law student’s life?
I feel that an internship is the most integral part of a law student’s life. You can have all the knowledge of the world that is contained in the books, but a case is won by a lawyer who is better on the day and not one who has read more books.
It is imperative that the practical aspect of law be known to every learner and the best way to do the same is to intern with people who do this work.
How important is a CGPA for recruiters to assess students? How did you maintain a balance between a good academic record at university and your extracurricular activities?
I feel that a CGPA even though not the main factor of consideration, is still an important factor considered by the recruiters.
It is true that it might not always be a fair reflection of a legal acumen of a person but nonetheless it does give a fair idea of how a person has progressed through 10 semesters of college.
The best way to maintain a balance between academic and non academic activities at law school is to manage time in well defined blocks and ensuring that adequate time is given to all aspects.
Other than the courses we pursue in an undergraduate degree, do you think a law student should take up any other courses?
I feel that the mark of a lawyer is how he expresses himself. All law students should pursue at least one course that helps them express themselves better, be it writing, theatre or even something like poetry.
What message do you want to pass on to the readers (aspiring lawyers, legal professionals or anyone related to the law)?
Law is the framework on which the society runs and it has to grow and evolve just as the society evolves. No person alone can contribute to its evolution, rather we need to work together as a society to ensure that we become more civilized as a society.
Interview by Anahida Bhardwaj, our campus leader from Symbiosis Law School, Noida.