When I was in the 6th grade, my class teacher asked all of the students what they wanted to do when they grew up. Most of my friends had absolutely no idea and chose not to talk about it but when it was my turn to speak, I said, “Sir, I want to do law from NLIU and become a lawyer”. I presume that came as a shock to my class teacher because let’s be real, no one really has their life goal sorted in the 6th grade and I’m not saying that I totally did, but to be quite honest, growing up in Bhopal, I had visited the place and it was extremely pretty and isn’t that all that matters?
As I grew up, I realised that people wanted me to base my life choices on things other than my mere notion that, “the law college near my school is very pretty”. Naturally, a lot of things changed in the next few years, except my attachment with the place. Thankfully, eventually I found out that it is not just pretty, it is also one of the top ranked law schools in India, and so I got the much-needed aspiration to be there. Most of my school life after that was spent obsessing over the place and whining about how much I wanted to get into it.
Fast forward to 30th June 2016, I was done shifting to the hostel and decided to go out and get coffee for myself from the Nescafé outlet on campus. On my way, a couple of people asked me to introduce myself and I did. Everyone seemed to be interested in knowing my name. But why? Why would anyone willingly have such small talks? It took me a while to realize that people were willingly having these forced conversations with me because they knew that I was scared, they had been in my place and only wanted to make me feel comfortable. NLIU is a small family of around 500 people, everyone knows everyone here and even if you approached a random senior at 2 a.m. for some help, they would be willing to do whatever it takes – such is the student body here. Also, you get lots of treats in the college! Yes, senior treats are a thing and you get ample of those. Plus, you get a special NLIU discount in one of the best restaurants in Bhopal. So, that’s an added advantage if you’re a glutton.
Another remarkable thing about NLIU is the mooting culture here. It is one of the few colleges that has a Fresher’s Moot and allows students to take part in moot court competitions from the first year itself. In fact, we had memorial drafting workshops in our first month and were even taught how to use Manupatra. That being said, one cannot ignore the incredible library and the various resources the college has.
Further, we have more than 16 active cells in college relating to various aspects of law and society – starting from PULER where students teach underprivileged children to the Sports Committee that organises Virudhaka, one of the biggest law school sports fests in India. We also have IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) volunteers in college for empowering underprivileged children through legal education.
The college is on the outskirts of the city but is fairly accessible as one can get a cab or an auto anytime. Apart from that, the college bus goes to the main market twice every week. Besides, Bhopal is really not that big a city and transportation is more or less cheap. So, that is usually not a problem.
I could go on and on writing about this place and it would never be enough, it has been a beautiful journey and if I could go back in 6th grade, I would thank my past-self for making all the right choices for me.
We’d like to thank Vartika Tiwari (Batch 2021, NLIU) for taking out time from her busy schedule and sharing her experiences with all of us.
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