the Indian education system defines a person based on his school/college, whether he is a good student or not. Every year almost , students take the All India CLAT to take admission in premier Law schools. The number varies for other premier law schools like Symbiosis, Amity, Christ University and others. Out of these only % of them get admitted in these institution leaving the rest of the 90% in lurch.
The rest have no other place to go than to either get admitted in non-premier schools or leave the line. I am one of those students who couldn’t get into a premier institution due to not attaining the required marks and took admission in a non-premier school.
But let me tell you, life is not so bad for me. I have great friends, the academia is good, the even my marks have improved much. it is not bad to study in an ordinary college where people do not showcase how much “they know”. Nor the teachers are bad over here. We have regular classes, the teachers are more than helpful and they teach us with much care so that we understand everything completely.
The only drawback is that the name of the institution is not related to an NLU. This has created a very big problem for mediocre students like us, for we are not given the first preference when it comes to Moot or Campusing. I admit that NLUs are superior to any other colleges, but an institution is known by its students and not by its academia. Sure they have superiors course, better teachers, better infrastructures but the students are at par with us when it comes to practical applications. In all my internships (which I got through favors at big law firms) I found that their knowledge is not so much greater than what I know. The syllabus was the same, the study materials and points were the same.
A great lawyer is known not by how many laws he knows but the deficit in the laws. All the institutions teach us what are the laws and not what is lacking thus the main point which could have differentiated a premier student with a non-premier one is absent leaving no distinction. And yet law firms or the corporate houses are of the belief that premier schools harbor better students than the ordinary ones.
If we look at the students closely regarding their knowledge base, their aptitude, practical application we would find not much difference between one and the other. Of course there are some exceptions but then again exceptions prove the rule.
Our perception towards the premier law-schools, our belief that they are better than the other colleges have rendered this divide in opportunity to the other students.