Your decision to do law or a faint inclination towards law will be met by a string of questions, such as- Why law? Why not engineering? Why not medical? So, how about justifying the choice to your own self before doing so at home, to friends, on placement forms, job interviews and scholarship applications. Your decision will first affect you and then the rest of the world, maybe. You should make an informed and intelligent choice when it concerns career goals. This will ensure that you are not bogged down by the unwanted suggestions, advice, skepticism and doubts of those around you. In the next 5 minutes, I will answer these common doubts -Why law? Is law a viable career option? What all can I do with a degree in law? How much will I earn? Etc.
Let me start by telling you about how law, as a profession, has gone through a complete change and has turned out to be the most sought after new age career. The question is- Should you aspire for a profession in law just because it has become a popular career choice? The answer is - NO! Each one you will have your source of motivation and reasons for doing law.
Law is most definitely your calling if you have a flare for dealing with challenging issues, understanding human logic and analyzing real life cases along with logical clarity and a good grip over oral/written communication. Your success in this field will have a lot to do with your personality. Currently, law is one of the most dynamic and ever growing fields. Law will give you the rare opportunity to bring a huge difference to the lives of many.
Law’s relevance and professional viability as a career choice can be understood from how it tends to affect every part of our day-to-day lives. It is important to realize the kind of impact law can have on people’s lives and how it can mitigate financial loss.
Law as a profession was associated with black robes and mundane court rooms. Let us take a look at the factors that have redefined law into a sophisticated and financially rewarding career. The following reasons will strengthen your resolve to pursue law:
FOR THOSE WHO CANT FIND X!
You will find it easy to relate the legal theory to the world outside. The text book knowledge is supplemented with training the students in its practical application through moot competitions, management of pro bono societies. This will give you a real feel of the profession.
WIDENS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Law has a unique career proposition, since it widens professional opportunities or choices. You can take the judicial service exams in addition to the Indian Administrative Service Exams, a choice which will not be available to those who have not pursued law academically. Hence contrary to the popular belief, law will open up opportunities rather than limiting them.
THE WORLD IS YOUR LABORATORY
You will spend a lot of time reading through cases at your dream National Law School. Where real life examples will be used to showcase how theoretical knowledge has to be applied to real life scenarios. In case you were wondering as to whether the content learnt will have any real-life application. Whether it’s driving a car, buying groceries from the supermarket, boarding a bus or flight, signing employment contracts, renting a house, etc. -law is all pervasive.
IMPROVED & EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Your journey to and through your dream law school will most definitely equip you with the skills to research well, read extensively, synthesize complex ideas and write/speak effectively. This skill set will go a long way in defining your career graphs whether it is associated with law or not.
EVERYBODY NEEDS A LAWYER
Law as a profession is not only associated with litigation or fighting cases in courts. Lawyers are required as legal advisors by governmental as well as non-governmental organizations. Banks, corporate offices, businessmen, traders, artists, sportsmen, you and I- everybody needs a lawyer at some point.
Several new fields of litigation have come up, such as- space law, marine law, election law, intellectual property laws, etc. which do not require the extensive paper work and consistent presence in the courts unlike the traditional fields of litigations.
You can specialize by opting for the post-graduation course in law -LL.M followed by Ph.D, and can opt for teaching law at several government and private educational institutions.
Corporate houses hire lawyers for their legal teams and are ready to shell out big bucks for the competent ones. Law firms induct lawyers immediately after law school. Such firms handle cases for several individuals and corporate entities. Working for a corporate house or a reputed legal firm is one of the most financially satisfying choices a lawyer can make.
BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Law gives you the freedom to be self employed. A law school pass out is required to clear the bar exam which is conducted by the Bar Council of India. Subsequently the lawyer is given a bar license which makes him eligible to practice in a court of law independently.