Earlier it was seen that the law has become a family profession. The families had been choosing law as professions for generations. But the scene has changed today, anyone having the traits and passion for this field can opt for the course and could achieve what he has set for. If a person has Good communication skills, Quick responsiveness, excellent memory, Open, flexible mind, Good authoritative, leadership qualities, Logical reasoning, Good listening and powerful oratorical skills, Out-of-the-box thinking ability, Knowledge of all statutes, rules and regulations can take it as a career.
A system of rules is needed in society to regulate relationship between people with conflicting interests, for example, employers and employees, landlord and tenants and neighbours. A legal system is the only procedure which can ensure that human rights are respected. As our laws are so complex, the work of Lawyers and Judges is very significant. Moreover, as the society is getting more civic conscious and aware about the legal framework, the jobs in Law are also gaining popularity and high scope. A lawyer is an individual licensed by the state to engage in the practice of law and advise clients on legal matters. Lawyers act as both advocates and advisors on behalf of their clients. As advocates, they represent either the plaintiff or the defendant and advance their client's case through oral argument or written documents such as motions and briefs. As advisors, lawyers counsel clients on how the facts of their particular case apply to the law.
Law has become a promising career option. To start early, many aspirants opt for BALLB after 12th standard which is an integrated degree for students whose objective is very clear. bachelor of Law (LLB) is a traditional 3 years long degree which students can pursue after having completed their graduations. In addition to the traditional branches such as civil, criminal, corporate, taxation labour and election law, there are new areas, including space, cyber, intellectual property, and international laws, that a person can specialise in. Besides the theoretical knowledge, students are also given practical experience of court."
There are a plethora of opportunities for a law graduates. One can either practice as an advocate in a court of law or work with corporate firms. By clearing exams conduted by Public Service Commissions, a law graduate can become a judge. After gaining experience, a law graduate can hope to become Solicitor General, a Public Prosecutor or offer services to government departments and ministries. One can also work as a legal adviser for various organisations. Teaching in colleges, working with NGOs and working as a reporter for newspapers and television channels are other attractive options. Those with a good aptitude and taste for teaching, can go for LL.M and take up job in any University or Institute offering law courses to students.
If he has a flair for writing he may act as an author and produce journals and legal commentaries and bring out law reports. they can write articles for magazines, news papers etc.
A law graduate and/or a mmber of the Institute of Company Secretaries can be employed as a company secretary in a firm.
Talk 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. It can be very lucrative line but it requires hard work and dedication.
By : Dr. Richa Ranjan (V. Principal)
Swami Devi Dyal Law College, Barwala (PKL), India