Jai Dehadrai, SJD Candidate
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Class Year: 2013
BS.L. (University of Pune)
LL.B. (University of Pune)
What I Did Before Law School:
I worked as a Research Assistant to the Chief Justice of India and thereafter as a Litigation Attorney with the New Delhi law firm Karanjawala & Co.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
I was very fortunate that Penn accepted me, since it offered the unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the most accomplished law professors amongst all the Ivy League schools. I chose Penn over some other very good law schools because to my mind no other school offered top-rated courses in both Corporate Law and Litigation. I felt I would greatly benefit from these opportunities. I also knew that I would enjoy the cross-learning possibilities with Penn Law’s proximity to Wharton.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
My most thrilling experience was when I argued before a 3-judge bench as part of my final examination grade in Professor Raymond Ripple’s Appellate Advocacy class. Professor Ripple is a kind teacher but a tough judge!
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Professor Shanin Specter inspired me the most. I have written about my experience in his class here -http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/11/guest-column-by-jai-dehadrai-beyond-the-rule-of-law-a-valuable-lesson
My Favorite Course:
- Trial Advocacy with Professor Shanin Specter and Global Anti-Trust with Professor Yoo – at Penn Law.
- Corporate Diplomacy with Dr. Sanjay Patnaik – at Wharton.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
The look of pride on my parents faces after my graduation ceremony.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
I was very happy when my research work on landmark Indian precedent was accepted for publishing. Friends I made at Penn Law helped me immensely to complete the Æquabilis project.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
I enjoyed rowing and the live jazz band at the Art Museum. The ultramodern gym facility was a great stress buster.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
In the summer, the terrace deck atop Golkin Hall was a great place to spend time with friends and even study. The New Deck Tavern across from the law school was a close second!