Raaman Purmah
LLM Student Q&A: Raaman Purmah

I have always been driven by the sense that injustice and inequality must be combatted in all their forms. That we live under the rule of law and not the rule of man offers a better window in the reality of our compassion and mercy as mere mortals. Yet, people who do not conform to established standards of society are more often than not disaffected, disenfranchised and disempowered. I wish to broaden my knowledge and knowhow in order to be in a stronger position to advocate for their rights and interests. 

2. Why did you choose UConn School of Law?
What positively struck me about UConn Law is that it recognizes the individual needs of each student insofar as the program is designed in such a way as to enable law students to choose their own career path. And the focus is not only on academia but on how knowledge studied in the classroom has its application in practice. There is moreover the opportunity for law students to undertake individual field placements at an organization that will provide them with the opportunity to greatly enhance their employability skills while doing something they are passionate about. Above all, the thing that I like the most is that UConn Law is a small community where you are appraised on your intellectual merits. And the pastoral support that I have been receiving from academic and non-academic staff so far has been phenomenal. 

3. How do you want to use your law degree?
Equipped with an advanced law degree from one of the best public institutions in the U.S., I will be in a position to drive social change in the field of disability law and policymaking in my home country and at the international level. I wish to challenge the status quo with the end goal of bringing about meaningful change in the lives of persons with disabilities. This can be achieved at a grassroots level by engaging with NGOs to design trainings for staff and persons with disabilities so that they can familiarize themselves with the human rights-based approach to disability: a model recognizing that persons with disabilities are first and foremost rights-holders. This ties in with my ambition to disseminate the knowledge that I have acquired to those who need it the most. 

4. What is the most challenging aspect of starting law school in this difficult time?
The pandemic has been a major disrupter to the way things were before. But it is only by steeling ourselves with resilience, perseverance and foresight that we will be able to overcome the myriad adversities it throws at us. The most challenging aspect will personally be time management insofar as I will be studying as a full-time student remotely where I have to follow online courses after work hours, all the while juggling a full-time job and other commitments. It is going to be a hell of a rollercoaster ride, but I am up for the challenge! 

5. What’s your favorite lawyer movie, TV show, or book?
As an avid reader, I have so many favorite novels about the law! The ones I enjoyed the most are John Grisham’s legal thrillers, "The Stranger" by Albert Camus, and "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. But at the top of my list is definitely "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. This one offers a gruesome account of the systemic racism and oppression that Black people had to endure and be inured to in the Deep South through the innocent and amusing eyes of Jean Louise Finch, daughter of arguably one of the best fictional trial attorneys, Atticus Finch.