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Emerging Career Options in Law

Summary of discussion

  • Law has two main branches - court or litigation practice, and jumbled practice. Lawyers practicing in court are known as litigation lawyers. They can be categorized into two main branches, civil and criminal. To be a holistic lawyer, one should spend a couple of years in court, doing litigation practice.
  • In law, one needs to possess the power to convince. Besides this, being able to read someone’s mind, and having a steady presence of mind can help you win a case.
  • Three factors are critical to becoming a lawyer -- character, conduct, and subject knowledge. You need to be ethical and well-read because while dealing with specialized subjects like medicine or aviation or land reform, in-depth knowledge is necessary.
  • The traditional professions available after studying law include litigation, working in the corporate sector, starting your private firm, or academics and research. One can also carve a career in politics thorough legal knowledge.
  • Conveyancing Practice is one of the best avenues if you want to focus on the chamber or non-litigation practice, which entails drafting documents. From buying a house to taking a loan, everything requires a legal document, and specified areas in this field include drafting agreements and contracts, sale deeds, gift deeds, lease deeds, due diligence reports, and project reports.
  • Modern-day law subjects have transcended the idea of traditional courtroom practices, and new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and data science are being integrated with conventional subjects by many law firms. There is a growing demand for privacy lawyers. Similarly, with the growth of AI-enabled smart devices, there is a need for lawyers who can create a legal framework for the AI persona. With a global need to go green, companies will also need legal minds with a background in environmental law to advise them.
  • Governments need lawyers to help with policy-making, design, and delivery. The world has been turned upside down by the pandemic and many policies will be needed to address this situation, where lawyers will be needed.
  • The pharma sector is also gaining traction, and the government will require people with a similar background for the formulation of pharmaceutical laws. Hence, someone with a BPharm degree can easily gravitate towards law.
  • International law is an area that is critical and is never going to go out of demand. It is important for trade relations between countries and globalization. Free trade agreements and taxation laws are a part of international law, and this area will give you global exposure. And if you can manage to get an international degree on this subject, the sky is the limit for you.
  • With the onset of the pandemic, universities have had to shift dramatically to digital forums and adapt. Thus, curriculums will need to incorporate clinical- and justice-oriented education, apart from emphasizing professionalism and ethics to equip students for virtual law.
  • If you want to join the judiciary, the first option is to appear in a competitive exam and receive a one-year training which transforms you into an efficient judge. The other alternative is when you have several years of practice under your belt, you can join the judiciary at a higher level, by again sitting for an exam. If you are an outstanding candidate, you can be handpicked for a position in the high courts or the Supreme Court. Moreover, judges who retire from other courts can practice even in the Supreme Court. But judges who retire from the Supreme Court cannot practice in other courts.
  • Legal journalism is gaining importance as people are extremely interested in important court rulings that regulate TRPs. Be it print or visual media, every organization wants a reporter with a law degree to ensure that they do not violate any technicalities of the law.

Summary of discussion

  • Law has two main branches - court or litigation practice, and jumbled practice. Lawyers practicing in court are known as litigation lawyers. They can be categorized into two main branches, civil and criminal. To be a holistic lawyer, one should spend a couple of years in court, doing litigation practice.
  • In law, one needs to possess the power to convince. Besides this, being able to read someone’s mind, and having a steady presence of mind can help you win a case.
  • Three factors are critical to becoming a lawyer -- character, conduct, and subject knowledge. You need to be ethical and well-read because while dealing with specialized subjects like medicine or aviation or land reform, in-depth knowledge is necessary.
  • The traditional professions available after studying law include litigation, working in the corporate sector, starting your private firm, or academics and research. One can also carve a career in politics thorough legal knowledge.
  • Conveyancing Practice is one of the best avenues if you want to focus on the chamber or non-litigation practice, which entails drafting documents. From buying a house to taking a loan, everything requires a legal document, and specified areas in this field include drafting agreements and contracts, sale deeds, gift deeds, lease deeds, due diligence reports, and project reports.
  • Modern-day law subjects have transcended the idea of traditional courtroom practices, and new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and data science are being integrated with conventional subjects by many law firms. There is a growing demand for privacy lawyers. Similarly, with the growth of AI-enabled smart devices, there is a need for lawyers who can create a legal framework for the AI persona. With a global need to go green, companies will also need legal minds with a background in environmental law to advise them.
  • Governments need lawyers to help with policy-making, design, and delivery. The world has been turned upside down by the pandemic and many policies will be needed to address this situation, where lawyers will be needed.
  • The pharma sector is also gaining traction, and the government will require people with a similar background for the formulation of pharmaceutical laws. Hence, someone with a BPharm degree can easily gravitate towards law.
  • International law is an area that is critical and is never going to go out of demand. It is important for trade relations between countries and globalization. Free trade agreements and taxation laws are a part of international law, and this area will give you global exposure. And if you can manage to get an international degree on this subject, the sky is the limit for you.
  • With the onset of the pandemic, universities have had to shift dramatically to digital forums and adapt. Thus, curriculums will need to incorporate clinical- and justice-oriented education, apart from emphasizing professionalism and ethics to equip students for virtual law.
  • If you want to join the judiciary, the first option is to appear in a competitive exam and receive a one-year training which transforms you into an efficient judge. The other alternative is when you have several years of practice under your belt, you can join the judiciary at a higher level, by again sitting for an exam. If you are an outstanding candidate, you can be handpicked for a position in the high courts or the Supreme Court. Moreover, judges who retire from other courts can practice even in the Supreme Court. But judges who retire from the Supreme Court cannot practice in other courts.
  • Legal journalism is gaining importance as people are extremely interested in important court rulings that regulate TRPs. Be it print or visual media, every organization wants a reporter with a law degree to ensure that they do not violate any technicalities of the law.
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