Please tell us about yourself. How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and uncommon career?
There are lawyers in Shishir Deshpande’s family, but when he was growing up, it wasn’t a given that he would pursue a career in the legal profession.
“Growing up in a family of lawyers, the environment was always conducive to studying law,” he said, “but it was while taking a class in political science, and more particularly writing a paper comparing the constitutional law of India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, that planted the seed for a career in law.”
What did you study?
Deshpande attended a five-year double degree program at Government Law College in Mumbai, receiving a Bachelor of Legal Studies degree, and a Bachelor of Laws degree.
After pursuing a litigation and arbitration practice in the years following law school, Deshpande said he grew interested in learning about mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He also was interested in studying abroad and learning a new legal system.
He chose IU McKinney for his Master of Laws studies, where he studied in the American Law for Foreign Lawyers track, because of the “flexibility that the LL.M. program offered in structuring the curriculum per my interests in law, along with the great faculty,” Deshpande said. He took part in IU McKinney’s Public Policy Mediation course, which was taught by Professor John Krauss, ’76. He also took part in the meetings of the Indianapolis Inns of Court during his time at the law school. Deshpande graduated in 2006.
What are you doing now?
Currently living in New Delhi, he is pursuing a litigation practice in the Supreme Court of India, concentrating in appellate and writ litigation in civil, commercial and employment law.
Deshpande is the current president and co-founder of the Indiana University Alumni Association, Delhi Chapter. He received an Honorable Mention award for service to Indiana University at IU McKinney’s commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Master of Laws program in Fall 2017.