Law as a CareerMay 8, 2021 2021-05-16 15:21
Law as a Career
Law as a Career
In India, Law has always been considered a noble and respectable profession. The roots of our country have the work of great lawyers involved, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Madan Mohan Malviya, Dadabhai Naoroji, Motilal Nehru and others. These great lawyers not only practiced law but also made immense contributions in the National freedom struggle. The lawyers then and the lawyers now have always been meticulously helping in regulating the legal system of our country. The lawyers help the society and ensure that the legal machinery is regulated. They support members of the society by representing them in cases, by filing PILs, by giving them suitable legal advice on matters sought by the clients, and most importantly to help the client get justice. Anybody in the legal profession is always treated with utmost respect and consideration. This is because the legal profession is so noble and prestigious in nature. The very fact that a person is a part of the legal system makes the other members respect him. This shows what a noble profession ‘Law’ is. This paper attempts to list down and analyze the reasons why the law is a noble profession.
To be a lawyer one must possess the skill to read and understand ‘tough texts’. The words and sentences used in the law discourses are known to be long and complex. The ability to think logically comes next. A lawyer must also be a good writer as he/she needs to write a lot.
Finally, the aptitude to speak logically is extremely essential. Lawyers need to communicate unambiguously with colleagues, clients, judges, opposition lawyers and other individuals. However, the notion that lawyers have to be natural public speaker/debater is not true.
Talks are on to expand the scope for legal practice in India and open the gates for law firms from outside India. Law graduates can expect better job opportunities when foreign law firms start their operations in India. LPOs have started to recruit young law graduates for their processes dealing in US laws or UK laws. Legal education has been liberalised and for that reason professionals from various other disciplines too are interested to do short term courses in law which ultimately will help to raise the standard of legal awareness.
The reasons why Law is a profession worth going for:
- Diversity in Career options
- Influencing Human Behaviour
- Helping in changing the world
- Opportunity to work with famous people around the world and lead the change
- Very Challenging Profession
- Respect and Esteem
- Opputunity to travel around the worl
- Opportunity to explore within the legal field
Legal education in India is similar to the one in Britain. Whereas several universities in UK offer legal education to Indian students, Indian students quite enjoy working in the UK wherein they receive attractive salary packages. A recent trend has been that students from India study in law colleges in the USA and receive attractive jobs after completion of the course. Harvard Law School, Yale University, Australia National University, etc. are some attractive options for Indian law students these days.
Lawyers like other professionals such as doctors and chartered accountants require experience to polish their skills and become valuable for their clients. Therefore, it is time which helps a lawyer become effective. Candidates determined to succeed in the profession have to be patient in the initial phase of their career. However, there is no limit to success and money as well as power for a lawyer. Lawyers are not only respected but also help people in their battle for justice.
Students interested in making a career in law can either do a three-year law course after graduation in any discipline or a 5 years’ course after 12th class. In fact, the 3 years’ course is now giving way to the 5 years’ one which is seen as a better option. In most cases, colleges run the 3 years’ course only for those whose main discipline in graduation is something other than law, or working professionals who want to do an LLB as an additional qualification. The five year course is meant for those who want to take up law as a career – be it as a litigator, or any other kind of legal professional. The LLB course is regulated by the Bar Council of India which sets rules and regulations regarding legal practice in the country. Any specialisation is done at masters, MPhil or PhD stage. A higher degree helps candidates get jobs in academics.
Being a ‘part of justice being done’ is the greatest take away for law as a career. However, the career will not disappoint the young aspirants in terms of remuneration as well. Large law firms in India, including – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB, Jyoti Sagar Associates (JSA), Trilegal, Khaitan and Company, Luthra and Luthra pay handsomely to freshers, which is often more than 1 lakh a month. Banks like the ICICI bank also pay in equal measures. The tier two firms such as Desai and Diwanji, Nishith Desai Associates (NDA), Wadia Ghandy and Co., Kochhar and Co., Bharucha Partners etc. pay between Rs. 40,000/month and Rs. 80,000/month. Starters practicing litigation under a senior lawyer can make around Rs. 15,000 per month. The average earnings an LPO job is around Rs. 15,000 (average) per month as well.