Every citizen should have the opportunity to participate in a democracy, and law is supposed to be the language of democracy. But in both the U.S. and India, and perhaps especially in India, there are large gaps between the letter of the law and its implementation in the most disadvantaged communities. After spending most of my first year at Harvard Law School with my head in a textbook, my internship with Sehgal Foundation was an invaluable opportunity to experience how law works – or doesn’t work – for real people. I especially enjoyed my conversations with ordinary citizens and village leaders at the grassroots village level in Mewat. In them I found as much wisdom, or more, than I have in the classroom.