Bhubaneswar: Law students must cling to three things—discipline, devotion and dedication— to emerge as top-notch legal minds in the country, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Member, National Human Rights Commission and former Judge of the Supreme Court, said on Sunday.
“These three things will take you to the top and help you realize your inherent potential,” Justice Ghose said while addressing the valedictory function of ‘Legal Spectra-2018’, the four-day All India Law School Meet organized at the SOA (Deemed to be University) here.
Justice Bijay Kumar Nayak, former judge of the Orissa High Court attended as guest of honour while Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA presided.
Narrating his own experience as an aspiring lawyer when he joined the bar in Kolkata in 1976, he said he had a nerve-wracking experience when the then judge of Calcutta High Court Justice Sabyasachi Mukherjee forced him to argue an arbitration case before him.
“I had just joined the profession and was asked by my senior to plead for time in an arbitration case. But the judge insisted that I must argue the case right away,” he said.
“Though I was not aware of the facts of the case, I had to study hard and argue the case before Justice Mukherjee which I won subsequently,” Justice Ghose said adding “if you study well and present your facts correctly, you are bound to go to the top.”
Stating that he had hardly dealt with criminal matters while he was a judge in the Calcutta High Court, he said he had to study criminal law after being elevated to the Supreme Court as he had to deal with criminal cases.
Altogether 77 students from 14 law schools including from Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Nagpur and Visakhapatnam besides those from Odisha, participated in the meet with the local University Law College winning the Spectra Cup for all round performance. Students of the host institution did not compete in the seven events held over the four days.
Justice Nayak said while people without any other option were choosing law as a profession, the legal profession had gained immense popularity of late. “The avenues in the legal profession now are limitless and it has become very challenging as well. Legal firms from other countries have started coming to India and students of law need to prepare to compete with legal brains from other countries,” he said.
Urging the students to learn to argue cases well, Justice Nayak said “if you have argued the case in the court to your satisfaction, you would have done your part irrespective of the fact whether the verdict goes in your favour or not.”
Justice Nayak, who earlier, presided over the Moot Court competition, one of the events, said he found the quality of arguments by the students good in spite of the fact that they were supplied with limited facts and details.
Prof. Prabir Patnaik, Dean of SOA National Institute of Law (SNIL), the faculty of law of SOA and organizer of the event, Prof. Jayadev Pati, Advisor and Professor and Dr. Madhubrata Mohanty, Convenor of ‘Legal Spectra-2018’ also spoke.