Law or legal profession is one of the most coveted vocation in India today given the power and respect attached and also the security of career it gives right after 10+2, just like medicine and engineering. The image of a lawyer has undergone one of the sharpest face-lifts ever. The version of a modern lawyer is one of a well respected, well groomed and well paid professional, whose identity is not circumscribed by the court-room alone, but extends to the corridors of corporate power houses and international organisations. To some extent, this change in perception can be credited to the rising influence of the National Law Universities (NLU’s), widely acknowledged as the leading institutions of legal learning in the country today
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Some prefer to join NGO’s and leverage their legal skills to bring about social change in areas such as human rights and environmental protection. Others join international organisations such as the UN, World Bank and the WTO with a view to contributing towards world peace, conflict resolution and a more efficient framework for international trade. Yet others go on to pursue careers in research, teaching and policy advocacy, often after completing higher studies (LLM) from globally reputed institutions; a career choice made more feasible now, thanks to the fifth pay commission payouts. More recently, some appear to have been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, starting up their own businesses, such as legal process outsourcing units. Others are beginning to experiment with niche areas such as legal journalism. One might argue that the sheer range and diversity of career options thrown up by a law degree is unmatched by any other professional degree. For the law is intrinsically a multi-disciplinary endeavor and the content of law has to necessarily draw from other disciplines.

Illustratively, the criminal lawyer has to have some understanding of human psychology and forensic science, the corporate lawyer an understanding of commerce and capital, and the intellectual property lawyer, a basic understanding of science.

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