I presently work in the position of General Counsel for Securitas Africa, Middle East & Asia Division and I founded Project Abhimanyu in July 2015.
I completed my LLB (Honours) course from V. M. Salgaocar College of Law, Goa in 2010 with full scholarship throughout the course and also acquired an LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary, University of London in 2014. In the intermittent period between my LLB and LLM, I worked at a multinational French Pharma company in Mumbai and later practised at the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and three District courts at Delhi, while simultaneously writing the civil services examination. In 2013, I appeared for the interview round of the civil services examination, however, I missed by a narrow margin and thereafter decided to continue my career in law.
I come from a simple middle class and highly educated family of working professionals. There are teachers, doctors, engineers and journalists in my family, however, I am the only lawyer. As a result, I had little guidance in terms of how to go about making a career in law. Since I was attempting civil services and trying to have a career in law at the same time, with no guidance what so ever, my career grew more in a trial and error fashion. Thankfully, I have reached a comfortable place now, and therefore I want to help other students who are in a similar position.
Law is a difficult profession as it is a complex industry and also requires one to really slog to climb up. That said, it becomes all the more difficult when you are a first generation lawyer. The idea behind Project Abhimanyu is to guide those first generation law students who do not have an active placement cell at college so they get a better shot at making a smooth transition from being a law student to becoming a lawyer.
Over the past few years, I have been guiding students studying in various colleges in Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Patna, Mumbai and Goa. But there are still a lot of students who need guidance and this is what got me motivated to start this platform and reach out to more students across the country. I don’t claim to be an expert on the legal profession and I don’t have all the answers. Even when I don’t have the answers, I will find the right person to guide you and help you get in touch with them. Let’s open the doors to a bright future in law!