“Life is demanding. It is nice to do something you enjoy; I can’t imagine people not making time for something they like. I enjoy running and try to do so, for as many days in a week as I can”, says the successful advocate Menaka Guruswamy. Here, in this article we can see about this successful lady.
Menaka Guruswamy, a Supreme Court lawyer and former student of the Hyderabad Public School, is an advocate at her own practice in New Delhi, India. She is a visiting lecturer in Law and the Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellow in Global Justice at Yale Law School. She lectures on the subject South Asian Constitutionalism.
Menaka did her B.A., L.L.B. (Hon.) degree at National Law School of India. After finishing her studies in India, she continued her studies at both, Harvard and Oxford. She holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and a BCL from the University of Oxford. Menaka had worked at a law firm in New York and as a Human Rights Consultant to the United Nations, taught at the New York University School of Law, and practiced law for the Office of the Attorney General of India.
As the lawyer, had worked both in UK and USA, Menaka could easily distinguish, the education systems in both the countries. She said that Oxford was more personalized as it followed a tutorial system whereas Harvard had larger classes and followed the Socratic Method, where one was called to answer questions in class. The similarity between these two institutions is, she said, they both make one write better and think about law differently.
According to Menaka, law is considered to be one of the best degrees to have. She says law teaches one to reason better and by studying law, one can learn so much about your own country and society. After finishing this wonderful degree, one can litigate, teach and also work at a firm. The important leaders of our nation — Nehru, Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Dr Ambedkar — all had law degrees.
She works on a range of legal areas such as corporate law, constitutional law and criminal law. The most fascinating thing she notices in the constitution of India is about its equality, dignity and liberty.
Meneka asserts that we do not have enough courts or judges. We have also not invested enough in modernizing the law, to put in place a better quality legal system.
Being a hard worker as like every successful lawyer, Meneka knows how to strike a balance between work and leisure.
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