Law as a career in India – Should you go for it?
A career as a lawyer is an extraordinary calling. It is a profession which is not affected by the economy. Lawyers can serve individuals, groups, society, and organizations with their legal advice. Lawyers are the highest paid professionals in a country. Top lawyers of a country on an average charge 10 lakh rupees per appearance. Keep in mind that not all lawyers make money in millions, it depends on the experience level, hard work, and geographic region. A career as a lawyer has been a hallmark of prestige, impressive degrees, generous salaries, and status. Working as a lawyer is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. From patenting a trade secret to solving a mysterious murder to fighting a billion-dollar scam, lawyers live a very exciting and eventful life. Lawyers are problem-solvers, analysts, and innovative thinkers.
Some career advice:
If someone is in his 12th grade and is 100% sure that he/she wants to be a lawyer then he/she should choose a 5 year integrated LLB course. One of the advantages of getting into an integrated LLB course is that you get free from the worries of selecting a college and a course again after 3 years and thus you can save your one precious year. But if you are not sure that a career in law is exactly what you are looking for or if you want to keep the options of other professional or higher education open, then I think that a 3-year graduation course would be a better option for you.
Upcoming fields in law:
The best part of law is that you do not need to do any specialization course. Throughout your career, you can choose any field to practice. The latest fields in the law are cyber law, environment law, and intellectual property law. Companies such as Google, Facebook, Ola, Paytm, etc. are hiring lawyers to prepare legal documents and contracts for their businesses, the terms and conditions on which you agree upon while signing up on any of these websites is one of the examples of the contracts made by corporate lawyers. You can also do BCA + LLB; there is a huge demand for this particular combination of lawyers, as you can assist the programmers in making copyrighted free coding.
Preparation for becoming a good lawyer:
Apart from reading textbooks, law students also research on LexisNexis, Westlaw, and ManuPatra and they also google various cases and study them. Initially, you should stretch yourself and experiment with different kinds of courses and cases.
Skills required for becoming a great lawyer:
• Logical thinking.
• Reading skills.
• Communication skills.
• Analytical skills.
• General knowledge.
• Powerful imagination.
• You should be a workaholic.
• Flexible but attentive mind
You must practice the above-mentioned skills daily and keep improving them if you want to become a good lawyer. One of the common mistakes that law students make is that they think law colleges teach law. According to me, law colleges teach you how to teach yourself. No one is going to tell you what to do and what not to do. You have to decide that according to the situation which you are facing.
“Law is basically expecting the unexpected”
– Bhavpreet Singh Soni
Scope After Law:
• Legal Business consultant
• Legal Process Outsourcing
• Corporate lawyer
• Government Lawyer
• Private Practicing
• Law Firm
Advice for private practice:
When people like Robert Vadra, Mukesh Ambani, M.S Dhoni get into trouble, only a handful of lawyers are called to bail them out. If you want to start your own private practice and become a successful lawyer, then you should have managing and entrepreneur skills. Private practice is the same as managing a business. You have to leave your comfort zone and put your client in his comfort zone. If you want to survive long in this profession then you must learn the art of selling your voice, ideas, logic, skills, and knowledge to the client at a maximum price. Initially, the number of failures might be more than the number of times you succeed but these failures will teach you the most important lessons that no textbook can ever teach you.
THE MESSAGE –
The best way to learn the law is to see the great masters at work. The way they study the law, the facts, and how they present their arguments in the court can teach you more than you can ever hope to learn in a classroom. You must have the ability, passion and the desire to work long hours with high concentration and will power. You must keep thinking about the matter at hand and always keep your mind open for fresh ideas. Always remember never give up no matter how many cases you lose. Always work hard, neither for the client’s satisfaction, nor the judge’s, but for your own. Give your best and forget the rest. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will lose but never get disappointed, keep moving forward and start your each day as a lawyer as if it’s your first.