Which societies to join in your first year of law school?

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May 31, 2021

Let’s get philosophical on this one, shall we? To answer the above question regarding societies, you need to find the answers to these questions: Why is your college the way it is? Why is its reputation the way it is? Why is everything the way it is? It’s all about these basic questions; stay tuned to find out more!

Everyone with an official college email id would relate to what I am about to say; you’re in your messy room, sitting on a pile of clothes that have been there for weeks now. Lately, you’ve shifted from a motivation playlist to a romantic playlist and it’s pretty evident that you have a crush. You’ve been waiting for them to reply back and as soon as you get a notification, you pound on your phone and BAMMM! You’ve got one more email notification from the Debate Society Achievement section. WTFFFFF!!!!! 

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As much as you want me to take up and discuss solutions to the former topic, let’s leave that for some other time and focus on these committee & society emails which you get almost everyday.

These college societies are student-led groups that harbor conversations, meetings, and activities regarding a particular area of either law-related subjects or other co-curricular activities. These are formed to enhance enthusiasm amongst students. How much ever you deny this, but the truth is that your college doesn’t want you to be a boring legal professional with no hobbies or skills. 

There are no absolute set of tried and tested societies which you are supposed to join in your first year of law school. It solely depends on what you are interested in. On average you may join about 2 committees and you’ll be good to go. Now, the question is “why to even join one”.

Reasons to join a committee in law school:

  • You’ll be able to relax by focusing on your hobbies for a while (like singing, dancing, drama, writing, or even your fields of interest like debating, research, etc.)
  • You need to have some time apart from attending online classes during the pandemic.
  • It’ll help you make many contacts with people from your batch as well as with your seniors (this puts you at an advantage because you’ll have guidance whenever you need it)
  • You can represent your college on various platforms by the activities organized by these committees.
  • It’ll help improve your social and communication skills and you already the importance of it, right? If not, go read Is it necessary to have communication skills in law school?
  • As first-year students, you don’t have a lot of work experience to mention in your CV. So, you being a part of these committees can be added wherever you feel necessary. 

Now that you know why is it important to be a part of college committees, we’ll focus on which societies would be the right fit for you:

  • Choosing co-curricular committees can be easy when you have a knack for those activities, you can be a part of the music committee if you like singing songs/playing an instrument; or you can be a part of the dance committee if you like to dance like Prabhudeva or even Saroj Khan choreography works just fine; if you love being on stage delivering dialogues and monologues, congratulations you’re in the drama committee, etc.; If you’re amazing at writing and want to learn how to write a properly cited research paper, you can always go for the Student Research Committee; and if you’re a wannabe Barkha Dutt, newsletter committee would be the right fit for you. You might have a chance to write editorials too!
  • Get out there, help your college organize as well as win moot courts by being a part of the Moot Court Society because the skills you’ll get here from experienced seniors will always inspire you.
  • If you love public speaking on topics of importance and you wanna argue with someone other than your family (lol), then debate committee will provide you with many great opportunities which would later also help you out in your moot oratory rounds.

There are number of committees but the reason to join any of them is only one, YOU. Your likes and dislikes, your excitement, your choices.

As Neha Dhupia once said:

choice matters
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Let’s have a look at how our writer made his choice: 

I, as someone who likes to experience new things chose the Moot Court Committee, Debate Society, Sports Club, and our college’s Cultural Society. The purpose of joining these clubs was purely for fun. Being at home, in front of a monitor for a minimum of 5-6 hours can be mundane. Our lockdown routine has made us lethargic, f***ed up our sleep cycle and mitigated socializing.

I knew I had to do something about it and so in a way, joining all these societies has given me something interesting to work on. FINALLY! So, I did what I had to do. I worked on these amazing projects and activities that came my way and trust me, I woke up all excited for D- Day.

To end, let me quote Eleanor Roosevelt to sound intelligent (lol), 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Sources:

  1. https://www.seventeen.com/love/dating-advice/advice/a24967/best-crush-memes/
  2. https://memeadda.com/meme/51/sun-meri-baat-its-her-choice-neha-dhupia/

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