Law School Experience: KG Shah Law School

Law School Experience: KG Shah Law School

  20 Dec 2023

Disclaimer: Law School Experiences are the personal opinions of a particular student about their college. These pieces are NOT Lawctopus’ official take on the law school.

Your name

Hrutvi Nerurkar

The full name of your college

Smt. Kamalaben Gambhirchand Shah Law School, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai

State/UT of your college

Maharashtra

Year of study

3rd year LL.B

What are the good things about your college?

Attending a law school that’s exclusively for women has been an amazing adventure for me. This place is all about helping women succeed and become stronger in many different ways.

Right from the start, this law school gave me special chances. We got to attend important events like the Chief Justice of India’s Lecture and even visit places like the National Green Tribunal and jails and prisons. Being in a school that focuses on women’s education makes the whole learning atmosphere positive and encouraging.

This law school offers us lots of chances to learn outside of our normal classes. We get to go to real courtrooms and law firms to see how things work. There are also cells and departments for different things, like helping us find jobs, practising debates, organising events, and doing research. The principal and teachers are nice, and they know a lot about law.

Apart from studying, this school cares about our health too. We have a gym and there are groups where we can learn boxing, martial arts, football, and basketball. The college even offer special classes for free, like learning about cyber law and forensic law.

One of the best things about my law school is the big library. It’s not just for law books; you can find books about all sorts of topics. There’s a quiet room where you can read, as well as special rooms where students can hang out and do fun cultural stuff.

Recognising the challenges of academic life, the institution has thoughtfully established a counselling cell. They have kind counsellors and therapists to talk to. It’s a safe space to deal with stress and feelings, and you can go anytime.

This school is good at keeping things clean and tidy. They take care of women’s health and make sure everything is safe for us.

Looking back on my time at this women’s law school, I can say it’s been a time of learning, growing, and feeling stronger as a woman. It’s not just about studying; it’s about becoming the best version of yourself in a place that supports you every step of the way!

Are there any bad things about your law college?

  1. At times, there’s a lot of competition among students, making it hard to get along with everyone. This can make it challenging to interact with individuals who might not support others’ success. However, this experience can help prepare students for the professional world, where professionalism is crucial.
  2. Sometimes, lectures are cancelled or moved around without much notice. This can be a problem for students who travel from far away.
  3. Also, the college can do better in helping students with job placements in Tier 1 and Tier 2 law firms and research opportunities. These areas could use some improvement.

How has your experience in college been till now?

Throughout my time at the college, I’ve had a wonderful experience. I’ve been able to learn and develop my professional demeanour, which is an essential skill for the future. Moreover, the college has played a significant role in enhancing my public speaking abilities. The opportunities to be on stage and participate in various legal events have led to a drastic improvement in my confidence and skills in this area. I’m truly grateful for the positive impact these experiences have had on my personal and professional growth.

How’s the faculty?

The faculty at my college is truly commendable. They actively monitor the academic progress and interpersonal development of each student.

The principal’s door is always open for students who come with their concerns. The faculty members are highly knowledgeable about laws and the world outside of legal practise. They offer guidance without passing judgements or resorting to harsh criticism.

Rated: 4/5

How’s the infrastructure (except for hostels)?

While the college lacks hostel or accommodation options, the campus itself is impeccably maintained. It features student rooms, sanitation facilities, a library, a hospitality room, a grooming cell, and more.

Lifts are available for convenient travel between different floors. The infrastructure is well-sanitized and developed. However, the canteen facilities are average.

The college is designed to be environmentally friendly. Green Clubs are established to ensure zero waste management practises within the college.

Additionally, the college is LGBTQ-friendly, creating an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

Rated: 4/5

How’s your hostel experience?

Unfortunately, my college does not offer any hostel or accommodation facilities.

However, this school is good at keeping things clean and tidy. They take care of women’s health and make sure everything is safe for us.

Rated: 1/5

How are your peers?

As I mentioned, my peers are highly competitive, often engaging in intense competition. Building trust and friendship in such an environment takes time and careful consideration. It’s crucial to be mindful while developing relationships and prioritise quality over quantity.

On the other hand, my seniors have consistently been a great source of support. They’ve guided me through various aspects, including moot court competitions, client counselling, and mediation competitions. They’ve also offered valuable assistance during exam preparations, sharing their notes for reference and providing insights into effective time management.

My juniors bring a lot of fun and youthful energy to the environment. They’re always eager to participate in cultural events and make the atmosphere lively and engaging

Rated: 3/5

How are the placements at your law college?

The placements and job connections at the college are quite good. They offer these opportunities every semester and keep us updated through official groups about job openings in law firms and under advocates. However, there’s room for improvement, especially when it comes to securing opportunities in top-tier law firms.

Rated: 3/5

What are the co-curricular activities in your law college?

The co-curricular activities at the college are vibrant and full of youthful energy. We have cultural committees, a moot court cell, and research cells that contribute to a lively and engaging environment.
This law school offers us lots of chances to learn outside of our normal classes. We get to go to real courtrooms and law firms to see how things work.

There are also cells and departments for different things, like helping us find jobs, practicing debates, organizing events, and doing research. The principal and teachers are nice, and they know a lot about the law.

Apart from studying, this school cares about our health too. They have a gym, and there are groups where we can learn boxing, martial arts, football, and basketball. They even offer special classes for free, like learning about cyber law and forensic law.

Rated: 4/5

What are some of the things you’d advise a first-year student who enters your college?

My time in law school was like a wild ride, and now I want to help others with what I’ve learned. So, I focused on making real friends who could help me, kept my plans to myself, and wrote down important stuff every day, like one or two judgements or cases. Finding good teachers to learn from and helping younger students made me part of a nice group. It also helped me in public relations and networking, specifically.

Understanding subjects well was better than just studying for exams. I made sure to apply early for internships, and I also made sure that I stayed away from school drama. Joining programmes like Lawctopus and Bar & Bench was fun and helped me learn.

Making a good LinkedIn profile and writing research papers helped me too. I learned from my mistakes, worked on things I loved, and understood that learning never stops.

Disclaimer: Law School Experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The law school experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus’ official views on the law school. We also do not edit law school experiences (except to ensure readability) to ensure that the author’s voice remains intact.

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