Advocate Ojasvita Shrivastav in her interview, states that there are numerous fields available in the legal world, but to get specialized in any course, should lie with the aspirants' discretion. She emphasized the difficulty faced by people, not belonging to the legal background. For that, she focused the aspirants to commence their career with charitable trusts or legal start-ups.
We welcomed Ms. Ojasvita Shrivastav under the initiative of lawyer speaks. She is a person of great stature, who has completed her LLM from Queen Mary University, London. She holds this master’s degree in commercial and corporate laws. She is currently general counsel of Securitas AMEA, a firm well known for its excellent service.She is also an active pro-bono litigant. She joined us in a semi-formal conversation where, both the founders of Law Community interacted with her. She told about many facets from her incredible journey.
Ms. Shrivastav was a biology student and had no clue about law what so ever. But a meeting withAdditional General of Goa, changed her fate and she decided to pursue law. She got to know the various advantages, scope and opportunities that legal field has. She became the first-generation lawyer. And it came just like that.
She was very obliged with the work, she consistently worked under Additional General, from the very first year itself. It made her a better person professionally and personally. She took a lot of internships and moot courts which made her a better law aspirant together.
As far as LLM is concerned, she recommends that one should pursue masters after knowing their interest in the field. There are quite a many option to choose out off. It maybe Arbitration, corporates, IPR or some other field. But this totally depends on the discretion of an individual. She added, doing masters right after graduation is not a right move to make. As people get stuck, and end up doing something they don’t even like.
Ms. Shrivastav has a great sense of belief in charity work. She fulfilled her aim by leading a project named Abhimanyu. She noticed that there is a huge gap between the students from the strata where no one from their families have access to legal knowledge, tend to struggle more. And these first-generation lawyers get depressed due to that.
To abridge this never-ending gap, she initiated this project which helps the budding lawyer hon their skills. This organisation is a great step taken by her to fill this gap and provide equal opportunities to everyone.
The post-COVID-19 changes are very obvious for everybody and its remote stuff. Anyone who thought you had to be present or rush to court by wearing three layers of coats and others you've got, everyone understands it wasn't necessary, she said. There was a lot of push for transcription in Indian court that is recording of proceedings, which, she said in general the legal industry was hesitant and she had transcription as a rule in most of the western countries.
Even if you appear in a court and look back at whatever was spoken at the lower court or previous hearing based on transcripts which you don’t have in India. You said something in the court and it could come up with something than nobody knew what was spoken in court. So, Covid would push that and off course already there is online broadcasting of the hearings which are copy of it.
She said all lawyers support Law Community a lot because it is not that easy to search a lawsuit or any specific case nowadays. But if there are landmark cases and new precedents all the platforms brief those very useful cases and judgments. On the other hand, the writings and other things are accepted.
Advocate Nivesh Sharma in his interview talks that any law student should start developing his/ her skills from the first semester itself. He said that gaining experience is the only asset which can build any person future. Running behind money can give you happiness, but knowledge can grant goodwill and pleasure both. Every law student should work from the ground level, i.e. from Non-Governmental Organizations to Supreme Court; there should be steps identified by every person. Doing a large number of an internship is not vital for success, but doing the internship and gaining different and new positive aspects of life from each internship is valuable for the future. He concluded by saying that peace of mind is necessary for a person to hone, as, in the field of law, frequent changes are very prevalent.
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