Founding Partner, ANB Legal-Ashish Bhakta Answers 5 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF LAW STUDENTS

ABOUT ASHISH BHAKTA

Ashish Bhakta is the Founding Partner of a pan India, full service law firm by the name of ANB Legal. They operate out of Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Goa. He is primarily responsible for the Dispute Resolution and Estate Planning practice of the Firm.

He feels fortunate to be part of a diverse practice and headed teams on several high profile M&A, Private Equity and Project Finance deals apart from working on media related documents. He had been appointed as Amicus Curiae by the Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai and do act as Conciliator / Arbitrator in case of various commercial and family disputes

As a part of his teaching activities, he was a visiting faculty professor at the KC College of Law and Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai. He has also been a speaker and trainer at various national and international forums. 

5 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY LAW STUDENTS

1)Many students normally have a fear that since they are 1st generation law students their journey would be more difficult than a student whose parents are lawyers. What is your take on it and what would you say to them?

ASHISH BHAKTA “The one thing students have to realize that all the second-generation lawyers did have a first-generation lawyer. Believe in yourself rather than having such notions. They are spread by organizations who want to exploit the very insecurity in such students. Especially the so-called online experts in career counseling.”

2)In-Law school there is a perception that the more the number of internships the better. Is it true? And many students feel that most of their friends get internships because of contacts and not merit due to which the students who truly deserve miss out. What would you say to them?

ASHISH BHAKTA- “It’s not the number, it’s the quality that makes the difference. By quality, I mean how much you got to learn rather than what kind of work you did. Merits always count. 

What you mean by ‘deserve’ is a relative term. Many a time such ‘references’ work as the students are more diligent and perform way better than the ones who have come on their merit as they have a face to keep. 

I would not get into such debates of who deserves what. More so as for a student even if he/she works with a clerk in a court it is learning. So do not think of ‘good work and ‘bad’ work. Just do what’s assigned with all your heart and mind. It will benefit you in many ways”.  

3)During 12th standard, students come under this enormous pressure to crack entrance tests to get into top-tier law schools of the country but as we all know that due to limited seats everyone cannot get into it. What would you say to students who couldn’t make their way to the top law schools?

ASHISH BHAKTA- “Law colleges matter to an extent. Believe in yourself. There can be no substitute for hard work. Not even the highest-rated college. Many a time missing out on a top college can be a boon in disguise. Please keep your head down and work no matter which college you from. It doesn’t matter in the long run.”

4)When you enter into law school there is a perception that you need to do moots and win moot competitions so that you can be a good lawyer in the future. Is it true? What would you tell the students regarding this, especially to students who haven’t or don’t want to participate in moots?

ASHISH BHAKTA- “The real moots will be when you argue before judicial authorities. There is a whole new world there. There is no ‘case’ based on which you argue. You have to make your own case. Many a time, students who have been top mooters are so used to such ‘base’ to work that they take a while to adjust to the real world. 

Mooting is a great way to gain experience and get a feel of things. Yet if you haven’t, don’t worry”. 

5)Nowadays there are enormous online courses present on the internet which are being sold. It is high time that Law schools should start analyzing their syllabus/course structure so that students who are already paying law school fees, no more need to buy these online courses. What do you think? What would be your suggestions to Law schools?

ASHISH BHAKTA- “Online courses (most of them) are a scam. They tend to take advantage of a student’s insecurity which is a natural feeling for anyone wanting to make his/her mark in the real world. Law colleges have to allow students to get more practical experiences. Especially by attending more internships that are longer than one month at a time. It is only then that the students will be ready to forge in the real world. “

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