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Law School and Extracurricular Activities

Raihan Rahman Rafid
Law School and Extracurricular Activities

Tedious long classes too early in the morning, clocking up library hours immersed in cases and law reports, deciphering the riddles of law books _ all come along with an infinite depression and severe stress in your life if you are studying law. The sophomore years are even harder for those unfamiliar with the ‘legal world’. The hurdles one goes through in law school are what make one ready to be a lawyer, not the lessons taught in the classroom. A law student needs to utilise anything that comes in the way and make the most out of it. Law school makes you question yourself every day: What have you got yourself into!

Then again, law school offers so much more than making you memorise outlines and study all the time. There are plenty of opportunities when it comes to extracurricular activities, which may change the wind of your humdrum existence, besides adding value to your academic life. Not only do such activities round out your skill sets, they also make your CV (curriculum vitae) truly shine. Here are a few suggestions you may consider:

Debate

Debate always comes first as an extracurricular activity suggestion for new law students. Nothing provides a better platform to hone your analytical skills than debate. It helps you get rid of your stage fear, allows you to be instantly argumentative, and most importantly, debate makes you a good orator, which every law student needs to be.

Moot Court

Moot court competition gives you a sneak peek at a real court room, allowing you to argue before a judge on a fact presented beforehand. It is an excellent opportunity to apply your legal knowledge and develop research skills. Mooting expands your reasoning and flourishes the speaker in you.

Writing

You can always pitch your opinions, give your thoughts a life and express yourself. There are lots of blogs, online portals and even newspapers that publish articles written by students. If you can bring out the writer in you, then writing can always be a good extracurricular activity for a law student.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) has gained popularity in Bangladesh over the past few years. If international affairs fascinates you and you enjoy the diplomacy, then MUN can be a good use of your time as a law student. It provides negotiation, analytical and speaking skills to the participants, and not to mention that the simulation renders vast knowledge about the United Nations and international policies.

Case Solving Competitions

Though generally thought to be a business students’ competition, students from any background can participate in some case solving competitions. The objective of such competitions is to solve a case within a time-limit and present the most feasible solutions. Participation can also be an amazing experience for a law student.

Volunteering

A law student can volunteer anywhere, from law firms to different kinds of organisations. Plenty of opportunity awaits those who want to get involved in development work. International and local NGOs (non-governmental organisations) all provide volunteering, internship and other positions that a law student can consider.

Being able to write efficiently and speak irrefutably are the two most sought after abilities in lawyers, who are always distinct for their analytical skills and exceptional rationality. Extracurricular activities sometimes help build the professional skills that a classroom cannot always foster. The importance of such activities goes beyond saying, but the most crucial thing is to get involved in something that suits you and you enjoy doing. One should explore oneself and find out what he or she is good at. Sticking to one or two particular activities would help you to excel and grow. On the other hand, trying out everything at once would only end in a mess!

The writer is an undergraduate student at the Department of Law, University of Dhaka.

 

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