‘You are the crusaders of change for social justice’, CJI Dipak Misra to NLU Delhi graduates

‘You are the crusaders of change for social justice’, CJI Dipak Misra to NLU Delhi graduates

Shruti Mahajan

National Law University, Delhi (NLU Delhi) held its sixth annual Convocation on Saturday, August 4. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, the Chief Guest, delivered the Convocation Address.

The Convocation ceremony was also attended by Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, who was the Special Guest of Honour, and Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Gita Mittal, who conferred the degrees upon the graduating students. The welcome address was delivered by the Vice Chancellor of NLU Delhi, Prof (Dr.) Ranbir Singh.

In his address, CJI Misra had a special message for the graduating batch.

“Never be afraid of an uncertain future that lies ahead because this uncertainty is intellectually exciting…Certainty will not excite you intellectually. That is why you are young today.”

Welcoming the young lawyers into the legal system, CJI Misra advised the students to develop in them a “sense of aristocracy that a lawyer enjoys” and to take up the role of a leader in the legal profession where the “idea of Justice is at the forefront”. He said,

“You are the crusaders of change towards the drive for social justice. Always devote time in your professional capacity towards legal help of the underprivileged.”

CJI Misra advised the new graduates to learn the nuances of social realities in order to be effective in their work in the legal system. “Be dreamers…but practical dreamers”, he said.

He also encouraged the fresh graduates to never stop learning and to strive for excellence in whatever area of law they enter.

“A lawyer who works outside of a Court is as much a lawyer as the one who argues in Court.”

Adding that age doesn’t matter in the legal profession, CJI Misra said,

“The old do not always teach but can also be taught by the young and I must confess I am waiting to be taught by these young minds. I welcome you to join the Indian bar and Judiciary to strengthen the justice delivery system.”

Justice Gita Mittal, who is also the Chancellor of NLU Delhi, conferred the degreed upon students who successfully completed their BA.LL.B (Hons), LL.M and PhD courses. Several medals and cash prizes were awarded to outstanding students.

Towards the end of the ceremony, the guests released the journals published by the students of NLU Delhi. These include The Journal of National Law University, Delhi and the Journal of Victimology and Victim Justice.

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