Law is a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior. Law as a system helps regulate and ensure that individuals or a community adhere to the will of the state.

We can better understand the law when we understand our communities. Laws teach us how to behave properly and inform us of the rules we all must follow. So first, we need to know what a law is, who makes the laws, and how laws are made. Let’s get started!

Imagine that you and your family are sitting down to play a game. First, you would need to know the rules. Someone in your family would read the rules of the game aloud. Then, you would clearly understand how to play. The rules, just like laws, tell us how to play fairly and how to make sure that everyone is treated in the same way.

You need to know the law with certainty and know how it is applied. You need to be able to predict outcomes and make factual and legal connections.

So, to understand law better and to know all the challenges combined with law. Here is an interview of a very experienced and learned personality of law.

Dr. J.P. Yadav who has completed his education from Bareilly and has been designated with various high posts in many universities and colleges. He has also been the Director at Jagran Institute at Dehradun and Dean at Mohd.Ali Jauhar University, Rampur. Presently he is posted as professor at JIMS School of Law.

Glimpse of his interview

  1. Why did you choose law as a career? From whom do you get inspired?

Answering this he said “I was a science student at school. After completing my school I was not allowed to go outside Bareilly for continuing my studies. So choosing law as a career was a kind of compulsion as I had no other options left. Moreover there were some other family reasons due to which I am this field.”

Further telling about his inspiration he told us “My father has always been my role model. I have learnt so much from him and whatever I am today, it is only because of him.

  1. What is your success mantra?

Learning from my mistakes he said. You can reach the heights only if you are able to learn from your mistakes and to learn you need to do mistakes, you need to do experiences and when one experience fails then only you find a new way to do that particular thing and learn things much better and wisdom is not a monopoly, he added.

  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Strength- I always speak truth as I believe in honesty.

Weakness- I am an emotional person. This had led me in trouble many themes (laughs).

  1. What all you think a law student requires to be a successful and competitive advocate?

Dr. Yadav said “to be successful in any field you need to understand your ability and have to develop an interest and in a versatile field like law you have to be aware of your abilities. You have to realize the intensity of this career and one can never afford to be unfocused. You have to be always focused on your subjects. You have to be updated in life. You should decide where you have to go, means in litigation or in corporate or in some social work and many more. I believe, to opt litigation one must either have a God father or one must be patient as in litigation to earn the name it takes 10-15 years of your life which is a big span of time. And of course you have to be so participative and confident in your law school which would eventually lead you to success.”

  1. Give an example of a time where you experience conflicts or disagreement. How did you resolve that?

In reply to this he said “as such I don’t remember any particular incident (Laughs). But this might be because I never had any conflicts as far as I remember because I am a modest person. I have a lot of patience and my father taught me that this is the only key to maintain relationships so I maintain this while dealing with such problems. I always put up my suggestions humbly so that it does not hurt anyone. So I always get my work done the way I want that too without having any disagreements.”

  1. How do you deal with failure and what are the achievements you are proud of?

To deal with failure I have always believed that one should introspect himself and once he examines his own thoughts he automatically starts recuperating. You should get rid off negativity in order to deal with failure, he answered.

Talking about his achievements he said “as a teacher the biggest achievement for me has always been when my student appreciates me.”

By : Manika Joshi, JIMS School of Law.