Interview: Legal Education cannot be confined to just law schools!

In our special feature, we interviewed Manjeet Kumar Sahu. He recently cleared the Jharkhand Judicial Services Examination. Manjeet completed his Bachelors in Law (with specialization in Energy Laws) from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. He has also been a University Scholarship Holder. He went on to pursue the masters in the same discipline from the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL). He qualified UGC NET JRF in July 2016 and served as a faculty for Amity University, Jharkhand for a short period. He has also authored two books on energy law and policy.

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How will you summarize your five years at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun?

This 5 years journey brought a lot of transformation into my life. Like any graduate student, I joined University of Petroleum and Energy Studies with a lot of expectations and with my own set of goals. I feel blessed that UPES turned out to be a great facilitator in achieving my goals. I can never forget my associations with every single individual who came across into my life  in this entire journey( my Faculties, my Batchmates, my Seniors , my Juniors and most importantly, lovely people at Bidholi).  My Trial at UPES Campus began on dated 4th August 2010 and I, successfully enfold my final submission on dated 24th April, 2015. Now, I remember this 24th April not only for “Keshavananda Bharti Case” but also as a Closure of my own Trial at UPES.

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Manjeet Sahu (Right)

Being a pass out from a private university, how do you view the difference between a national law university and a private law school? 

For any student, Selection of Graduate College is considered to be one of the significant steps in shaping his or her career. Everyone is aware that only limited number of candidates can be accommodated at NLUs and therefore, opting for private law universities has significantly increased among the law aspirants. Any Institution is known by these (quality and quantity) variables: students, faculties, library, infrastructure and effective administration. It is also not expected that almost all NLUs or all other private law universities have these variables working under the equal frequency and therefore, people make an attempt to make a difference between the two. It is difficult to find uniformity even among all the NLUs and same is the case with all the Private Law Universities. Each institution has their own strength and weakness and therefore, it is essential for the variables to work collectively and utilize the resources available to them and make maximum use of it. A collective effort by any institution will definitely create a miracle.

What made “judiciary” an obvious choice for you? How you prepared yourself for it?

Stating “Judiciary” as my obvious choice would be unjust. However, I effectively began my preparation for judiciary from 3rd year of my college. I never prepared any strategy for it, I just made an attempt to keep myself in touch with important law subjects; kept myself engaged in the legal confabulation with the faculties, friends, and juniors. I had bought few MCQ based Questions set for self – preparation and used to solve those MCQs at my leisure. I personally feel this regular habit allowed me to develop confidence and ultimately brought a successful result.

What will be your objective after joining the post?

As a Judicial Officer, It is just the beginning of my career. My primary focus will be on constant learning and do the assigned work with complete dedication.

Do you think that legal education needs to undergo a systematic reformation? Why?

The current society is transforming with a lot of social experiment. With the change of time, the whole set of the education system has transformed too. Legal Education needs a lot of reforms in order to meet the current needs. Legal education shall not only be confined to the Law School but need to be ensured to the common citizens through the various mode of the learning system. Also, there are various specialized domain continuously emerging in the legal market; our legal education is still not accommodated with a proper framework for those learning model.

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The recent series of event in SC has invited lots of criticism for the judiciary. What are your thoughts on corruption in judiciary? 

Criticism for any institution cannot be stopped. In a democratic setup, it is always possible to find people with different opinion. However, what is required is that the institution must work in accordance with the law of the land.

Judiciary is said to be the least corrupted institution among the whole institution. The respect for Judiciary among the society is the best reflection of the Judicial System. I believe the faith in the judiciary remains intact as it existed in the beginning. Any institution cannot be questioned merely due to the emergence of one or two black sheep in the family.

Whom do you consider as your role model in the legal discipline?

We must always make an attempt to learn from the footprints of the successful people. I have come across numerous legal minds in this short journey. I have also read biography and autobiography of numerous legal luminaries. It has always remained my constant effort to grasp positive aspect from all possible resources that I come across in my life.

Team TA is thankful to him for this detailed interview and wishes him best of luck for his future endeavors.

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