It’s an easy question but the solution is not so simple.
Ignorantia juris non excusat is Latin for “ignorance of the law is no excuse”. It is a judicial principle holding that an individual who is unaware of a law might not escape liability for violating that law merely because one was unaware of its content. This makes it necessary for each person in India and not just its citizens to form an attempt to understand the law of the land. Lawyers are professionals who happen to understand more and specialise in the sector of law.
There is an old saying which goes like this, if you simply have three friends, make sure that one among them is a Lawyer, the opposite a Doctor and therefore the last a Banker. Any normal person will require the services of these three professionals at some point in time and it is better to have someone who gives preference to your wellbeing.
A degree in law can give one the talents to be a successful lawyer and can also be a successful producer, politician, manager, journalist, diplomat or police officer; an academic degree equips one for nearly any profession that needs intellectual strength and a practical approach to the planet.
Law is a professional course and helps in developing certain skills. For example, critical analysis, drafting of documents, research, argument and presentation and sharing of ideas.
Litigation is one of the many options that comes to everybody’s mind. Top lawyers in India charge lakhs for each appearances that they create.
If you rather prefer a more stable life and not push yourself of being handed a fresh new case, there’s a tons of opportunities in the corporate sector. There’s an increasing demand for legal professionals for safeguarding the legality of commercial transactions, representing companies and advising corporate employees of their legal rights and duties. The objective is to look through into investigations, compliance, contract matters and international trade issues. Legal professionals could also be hired full time with a fixed pay or can be hired on contract basis.
Teaching is another option available to Law students. There are quality professors especially in Law colleges except may be in premier institutions where practicing advocates may take up teaching as a part time vocation.
Only a practicing lawyer with the required years of experience in a court is eligible to become a Judge. A highly powerful, responsible and revered position which requires you to adjudicate disputes. However, this demands a radical understanding of Law and the ability to critically analyse a law so as to find what law is trying to convey.
There is also the choice to figure out with the Government who is in need of Legal scholars to research, advice and help formulate policies, rules, regulations and laws while ensuring that it abides by the Constitution of India.
About Master’s degree, if someone’s desire is to get into litigation, then Masters won’t be of much assistance and one would also end up losing another year which could have been utilised in gaining experience. However, in certain fields like Finance, International Human Rights, Environmental law, International agreements etc., specialising can be of great help. Teaching does demand a Master’s degree and a few Companies may give preference to one with more training.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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