Careers360 interviewed Prof Shagufta Anjum, Assistant Professor, IFIM Law College, Bengaluru. Prof Anjum speaks on legal education in India and its emergence in the recent years. The IFIM Law School Assistant Professor also speaks on a change in the law as a profession with the technology.
Read the interview to know what Prof Shagufta Anjum of IFIM Law College shares on career growth in the law field and role of legal education in India.
Careers360: How is law as a career growing in the Indian industry? Ms Shagufta Anjum: Law as a career is growing as it is also becoming one of the first choices of the school students. The students after their high schooling are appearing for admission tests like CLAT through which they can pursue the five-year integrated law programmes. With the law programmes offered at the undergraduate level, the students can choose to become a legal advisor in a corporate firm, business lawyer, or specialise in cyberlaw and intellectual property law like papers to become an expert. Law today is not just about fighting cases in a courtroom but has opened itself into various folds. The law as a career has not only become lucrative but also challenging for those who want to set a precedent in the ever-growing legal industry.
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Careers360: How do you see a change in the law as a profession with the technological advancement? Ms Shagufta Anjum: Law as a career commands respect in the society bestowing the title of ‘social engineers’ on the representatives of this profession. The trade-mark view of lawyers carrying dozens of files to the court or preparing for cases in their chamber ‘burning the midnight oil’ has been simplified by the advancement of technology. The technology has helped in creating virtual law offices, wherein a lawyer can perform his official work sitting in the comfort of his home quickly accessing the updated legal databases. The rapid growth of technology in relation to Legal Services has led to the greater democratization of the ‘legal industry’.
Careers360: What changes do you see in the greater democratization of the legal industry? Ms Shagufta Anjum: Due to the on-going globalization, law profession is not restricted to national territorial limits. Domestic law firms are expanding their horizons by collaborating with foreign legal counsels and thereby setting a mark in the international legal market. The global paradigm shift in the delivery of legal services is creating innumerable, innovative legal jobs which will multiply in the coming years.
Careers360: What are the challenges to be seen when we are witnessing the global paradigm shift? Ms Shagufta Anjum: Dearth of quality legal professionals who could prove their mettle in meeting this challenge is a matter of concern for the institutions imparting legal education and the regulatory bodies connected therewith.
Careers360: What can they help law students in long run of the legal profession? Ms Shagufta Anjum: Legal education having a lot of components motivate the law students to take up core practice area and create a niche in the legal industry. Internships, Mooting, Campus recruitments also play an important role in rightfully placing a student in the legal industry but what stands apart is the student’s qualities, skills in decoding the legal education and applying at unique situations.
Careers360: What are the choices which a law student can make after graduating? Ms Shagufta Anjum: The undergraduate integrated law programme offers a number of legal profession choices. The role varies from Litigation lawyering, Judicial services, Administrative services, Military services to Alternative legal service delivery models such as non-lawyer professions, Professors, Public policymakers, Legal researchers, Arbitrators, Mediators, Counsellors, Para-legal technicians, Legal document maker, Legal self-help online sites, virtual assistants, legal Start-ups and off-shore legal vendors. There is no shortage of opportunities if you have the right skill and accept professional challenges.
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