A way with words

A way with words

A way with words

Shamilee Rajkumar not only has the gift of the gab but she also wields the power of the pen. The 21-year-old is making the most of her time at law school as an active participant in moot court and essay writing competitions. “The objective of mooting is to acquaint law students with the art of advocacy. They are presented with a fictitious case and have to prepare for and against it. The activity gives an in-depth knowledge of every field of law and each student must participate in it to get practical exposure,” says the final-year BA LLB student of CMR Law School. She also writes on current social issues for an online legal portal.

As part of a three-member team, Shamilee recently won the prestigious ‘XIX All India Moot Court Competition 2015’ conducted by University Law College. “It was a great learning experience. We emerged victorious out of 54 teams participating from all over India and the moment we received the trophy is an unforgettable one. It marked the culmination of years of hard work and training,” she gushes.

The energetic orator reminisces about her participation in ‘The Fifth School of Law, Christ University Moot Court Competition, 2014’ as she says, “Arguing before stalwarts like Ram Jethmalani (Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India and one of the judges) was such an overwhelming experience.” Her team bagged the runners-up award there.

She even proved her mettle in writing by winning the ‘First National Legal Essay Writing Competition’ conducted by India of Dreams. The achievement is close to her heart for she wrote about a topic she’s most passionate about — child labour in India.

Her tryst with the pen goes back to school when she took part in and won several national essay writing competitions. But it is her college principal Pratima Prabhakar and moot court trainer Chanjana Philip who really motivated Shamilee to plunge into mooting in first year. “They felt that if I could write well, I could speak well too! Besides, my parents and sister also encouraged me immensely throughout.” 

So how does she prepare herself for the war of words? “While reading the newspaper, I try to form my own perspective on issues as a law student. Also, we have classes in college particularly for current affairs and moot court training sessions that are quite useful. I even like to explore writings on social issues online.”

Her list of merits has only grown for she received the ‘All-rounder Award’ in 10th standard and ‘Best School Pupil Leader Award’ in 12th standard during her schooling in hometown Chennai. When not ‘making a point’, she enjoys sketching and painting but puts it straight, “I want to get into litigation and mooting is my training to becoming a good advocate.”

One to grab life by the horns, Shamilee doles out a wonderful piece of advice for prospective law students, “One can have a glorious time at law school as there are a lot of activities to engage in. But you have to learn to channelise your energies properly and work well in each area everyday. And unlike what many think, law isn’t a cake walk. If one isn’t ready to work hard, they can’t survive in law school!”