THE WORLD OF LE­GAL EA­GLES

IF A CA­REER IN COR­PO­RATE LAW SOUNDS EN­TIC­ING TO YOU, KEEP THESE POINTS IN MIND BE­FORE TAK­ING THE NEXT STEP

India Today - - COVER STORY - TABREZ AH­MAD DI­REC­TOR & PRO­FES­SOR, COL­LEGE OF LE­GAL STUD­IES, UPES, DEHRADUN SHUTTERSTOCK

1 Con­stant guid­ance

Com­pa­nies and govern­ments across the world re­quire con­stant le­gal guid­ance for ex­e­cu­tion of cor­po­rate func­tions such as col­lab­o­ra­tions, merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions, joint ven­tures, tech­nol­ogy trans­fers, patents and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights. There is plenty of scope for young pro­fes­sion­als to spe­cialise in en­ergy and labour laws as well.

2 Room for spe­cial­i­sa­tion

Evolv­ing mar­kets give birth to com­plex sit­u­a­tions and lead to a shift from tra­di­tional to dig­i­tal mode. A gen­eral lawyer may not be able to man­age such sit­u­a­tions, thus cre­at­ing space for spe­cial­i­sa­tions.

3 A com­pet­i­tive edge

Mod­ern day le­gal pro­fes­sion­als must have a multi-dis­ci­plinary edge to stay com­pe­tent. All cour­ses must be ap­proved by the Bar Coun­cil of In­dia and stu­dents should fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing le­gal acu­men.

4 Shift in fo­cus

Law schools are shift­ing from the­o­ret­i­cal to a prac­ti­cal and ap­pli­ca­tion-based ed­u­ca­tion. Uni­ver­si­ties of­fer un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes with foun­da­tions in a con­tem­po­rary and pro­gres­sive cur­ricu­lum that in­te­grates con­cepts in law with in­dus­try needs.

5 Real-time learn­ing

In ad­di­tion to learn­ing from fac­ulty mem­bers, stu­dents should strive to learn from vis­it­ing fac­ulty and prac­ti­tion­ers. The 360-de­gree ap­proach of fo­cus­ing on ex­po­sure through in­tern­ships, moot courts and court vis­its has be­come a ne­ces­sity.

6 Ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties

A con­ge­nial en­vi­ron­ment is must for a healthy aca­demic, pro­fes­sional, and per­sonal growth. One must ex­plore op­tions to study pro­grammes by pro­vid­ing an amal­gam of com­puter science knowl­edge and laws per­tain­ing to cy­ber world.

7 New job cat­e­gories

With tech­no­log­i­cal shifts to­wards big data, cloud tech­nol­ogy, mobile in­ter­net, 3D print­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, new job cat­e­gories and func­tions are emerg­ing. While choos­ing a course, stu­dents should con­sider its fu­ture rel­e­vance and not just what is preva­lent to­day or what their peers are do­ing.

8 Lay­ing down the law

With the gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tives like Make in In­dia, Dig­i­tal In­dia, Skill In­dia and Smart Cities Mis­sion, there is a scope of un­der­stand­ing laws on bank­ing and fi­nance, in­sur­ance, tax­a­tion, capital mar­kets, cor­po­rate con­tracts, strate­gic al­liances, merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, patents, trade­marks and copy­rights, tech­nol­ogy trans­fers, soft­ware busi­ness meth­ods, cy­ber foren­sics, and labour.

9 Knowl­edge bank

Stu­dents armed with a mix of knowl­edge from dif­fer­ent sec­tors have bet­ter job prospects in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and pri­vate law firms. The de­mand for in­dus­try-ready pro­fes­sion­als is also ris­ing.

10 Fo­cus on soft skills

The cur­ricu­lum stu­dents pur­sue is de­signed by ex­pert fac­ulty with par­tic­i­pa­tion from ju­di­cial ex­perts. One must also fo­cus on soft skills such as con­fi­dence, team­work and lead­er­ship.

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