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Bhargavi Kannan made her first major argument five years ago when she had to convince her apprehensive parents about her decision to pursue a degree in law when she finished school.
Bhargavi Kannan grew up in India —Kannan in the southern, cosmopolitan city of Chennai. Kannan attended the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, which enrolls around 3,500 students in various undergraduate and graduate law programs.
Backing her argument with performance five years later, the 22-year-old, a student of the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University, won the ‘Best Law Student of India’ award recently. The Chennai girl has also won a 50000 USD (?33.7lakh) scholarship awarded by the Society of Indian Law Firms to pursue a masters in law degree from the Pennsylvania State University in the United States of America.
Bhargavi, along with another student, was adjudged the country’s best law student at the end of amoot court competition involving students from the SAARC nations.
How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and unusual career?
Her passion for debating and concern for raising voice for social causes have helped this 22-year-old Chennai girl win the Best Law Student of India award. An elated Bhargavi Kannan, who’s a fifth-year law student of the School of Excellence in Law at the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University says, “Lawyers are known as social engineers and that got my attention towards this profession. Only after Class X board exams that I realised that I wanted to pursue law.”
As part of winning the award, she received a scholarship of $50,000 from the Society of Indian Law Firms and Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy and Training to pursue LLM at the Pennsylvania State University. This apart, she has also emerged as the winner of the international rounds of the 3rd Prof. NR Madhava Menon SAARC Mooting Competition, 2017-18, along with her college juniors Bagavathy Vennimalai, Aishwarya Lakshmi VM and Sameena Syed. The team also bagged the best memorial award.
Tell us about the Moot Court competition
The moot court saw participation from all the SAARC countries and the final round was between India and Sri Lanka. It was judged by the Supreme Court judges from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, and High Court judges from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.
“Moot court is a mock court conducted at both the national and international levels. A fictional legal dispute case is given and the teams are asked to work on both sides of the case and argue before the judges in the national rounds. When I joined the law school, mooting was the trend and it was more like ‘if you’re in the law school, you have to moot’. It was fascinating, but I wasn’t so good at it initially. I have learnt a lot from moots and I urge all students to try mooting at least to understand how it works,” says Bhargavi. Today, she is the president of the Moot Court Association and the editor-in-chief of the Indian Student Law Review, a student-run journal in her college. Earlier, her parents wanted her to become a Chartered Accountant, but today they are proud of the profession that she has chosen — law.. Concerned about underprivileged and differently abled, she says that she wants to become a professor and an activist as well.