What’s in a name? A lot, if you are entering the legal profession. Big corporate houses and law firms offering hefty packages definitely act as magnets for aspiring lawyers, but it is big names such as Ram Jethmalani, Harish Salve, KTS Tulsi, Fali Nariman, Shanti Bhushan and many more that make students awe-struck. Krishna Jayakumar, a student of Jindal Global Law School, is quite frank when he says, “Working with big names of Indian legal system will be my first preference as I can learn to handle different types of cases and their presentation skills besides expertise in defending my clients.”
These legal luminaries have thousands of followers on social media and their high-voltage arguments in courts fetch them lakhs of rupees as fees. For example, according to Legally India research report, Ram Jethmalani charges around Rs. 25 lakhs per appearance while senior advocate Fali Nariman is available for around Rs. 11 lakhs.
Jindal Global Law School
Working with big names of Indian legal system will be my first preference as I can learn to handle different types of cases and their presentation skills besides expertise in defending my clients.
The magnetic pull of top-notch lawyers
Domain experts share that youngsters graduating from law schools learn life-long career lessons by working under experienced lawyers. These experienced lawyers teach their associates all the nitty-gritties of the profession ranging from filing a case in the court to following it up and defending the arguments.
A number of law students who have worked under senior advocate Ram Jethmalani say that his way of reading cases, questioning during conferences are amazing. Tanvi Dubey quotes the veteran legal practitioner as saying; “Success comes with lots of hard work and knowledge”.
These legal practitioners offer their subordinates opportunities to get completely involved in cases. Many lawyers make their associates attend daily conferences where cases are dealt with before arguing it in courts. They also learn from following live arguments in courtrooms which is not possible when you are working in a law firm or a corporate house. Since they gain real-life experience, they are better equipped to handle pressures in their career.
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Freshers inducted in the chambers of the advocates are first given specific roles and after a few weeks they are given more responsibilities. Vidya Parasar, a law graduate who worked with eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan, says that initially, she was not loaded with work. “I along with some other associates was given the responsibility of meeting clients and then briefing the case details on the next day when we met Shanti sir and then fix his appointment with the client as per his availability.” She, however, gradually started getting more work after 4-5 weeks.
The law graduates also get involved in case research, drafting and assisting in litigation. Prashant Mali, President, Cyber Law Consulting (Advocates & Attorneys), says, “In my law firm, the law graduates look after a number of tasks including legal research, drafting the first draft of covenants and documents, and assisting in litigation matters across various courts.”
The recruitment process
Out of hundreds, only a few really get such opportunities as the recruitment process involves multiple stages depending on the ‘brand’ of lawyer that one applies to. This includes shortlisting, written tests, interviews and group discussions. Some may also look for specific skill sets. “While recruiting law graduates, I look for Computer Science or Engineering graduates with LLB. I prefer English as a medium of schooling and also inclination towards technology and law. A good vocabulary, dressing sense and presentation skills are also must for an LL.B graduate while he intends to work with a professional lawyer,” Mali added.
If you have the capabilities and the passion to work hard you can surely attain the status of your role models. So aim big so that you reach where you want to be. And at the top, law is a most rewarding profession.
Dr. Joshua N. Aston
Dean, Students’ Welfare & Officer on Special Duty,
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)
Multiple Career Choices Available For Law Graduates
The realm of jobs and placements in legal domain has broadened a lot. Law graduates are now required in every industry and hence they are seeking more and more career options in a wide range of industries and sectors, including corporate firms, banks, insurance companies, think tanks and media houses. Litigation is also preferred by many law graduates. A recent trend is that a considerable percentage of law graduate are taking up higher studies in Law, mostly in foreign universities, which is beneficial for their career prospects.
GNLU has in place a very systematic approach to the placement process in terms of planning, timely response, for Internships and Placement etc. For example, director and senior members of the faculty visit law firms, companies for making a presentation of the University and the batch. We have a IPS, consisting of three dedicated staff, one exclusively for LLM and MBA placements/internships and two for LLB placements/internships. It is our endeavour to place students for internship and placement in BRICS and emerging economies.
We have also introduced a new initiative called GNLU Litigation Assistance & Support Scheme (GLASS) to incentivize and support brilliant students who opt to join the Bar despite other lucrative opportunities.
As told to Abhay Anand
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