There is no universally accepted definition for Law. John Austin, the English jurist born in 1790, defined Law as ‘A rule laid down for the guidance of an intelligent being by an intelligent being having power over him.’
LAW AS A RISING PROFESSION
Law is an unrestricted vocation which has transcended the barrier of the four walls of the courtroom and has worked its way to leave indelible imprints in the field of law firms, corporate counsel, media, business and legal process outsourcing. In the recent years, law has acquired completely new dimensions and branched out into allied fields like social work, media and business management.
LAW AS A CAREER OPTION
Law has multiple avenues for those who want to pursue traditional branches such as civil, criminal, corporate, taxation, labour and constitution law. Moreover, one can explore and be enriched from the evolving areas of outer space, cyber, intellectual property and international laws.
AVENUES THAT YOU CAN PURSUE
Corporate Counsel: Role of In-house Counsels in the Indian corporate sector has undergone a sea change in the last two decades, with the commencement of liberalization and globalization in early 1990s and with number of regulatory compliances increasing substantially. Their contribution to the firms is as valuable members of the teams, and as conscience keepers of their organizations, responsible for advising on financial and compliance issues.
Litigation: It is the most ancient and fascinating avenue in law which provides an oyster of opportunities in both private and public sectors. Some attorneys prefer to handle settlements, arbitrate, practice criminal law and specialize in taxation, family law and constitutional law.
Law Firms: Most law firms are formed on a partnership basis or are limited liability entities in order to practice law. The primary service rendered by a law firm is to advise clients (individuals or corporations) about their legal rights and responsibilities, and to represent clients in civil or criminal cases, business transactions, and other matters in which legal advice and other assistance are sought.
Social Work: Many Law Graduates are offered positions from international bodies such as the United Nations, UNICEF, WTO and International tribunals and courts like the International Court of Justice.
Legal Process Outsourcing: The LPOs basically offer services such as agency work, document review, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings and briefs and patent services to the external counsel. Due to the diverse nature of work carried out by them, the LPOs have gained a great momentum in today’s world.