What it is to be a Lawyer?
To tell it in one word: ‘CONFLICT’.
A lawyer is always in conflict. Torn between courts, matters, clients and family. Extended work hours does not make it easy. No doubt as the lawyers grow old they become snappy.
Classes of lawyers:
But let’s us first be clear as to who is a lawyer. Under English Law, there are two classes of lawyers i.e. Barrister and Solicitor. Barrister is supposed to be expert in law, an expressionist, an orator and a court artist. Solicitor is a lawyer who is supposed to be expert in Procedure, Handling clients, Properties, accounts, and with fair working knowledge of law. It is a different matter that UK is moving toward unification of two classes. But the above distinction of proficiency in law or procedure always exists. The reason ? Well that is another story. In UK there is a sub class of Barrister called ‘Queen’s Counsel‘. Continue reading
First advice to an aspiring intern lawyer.
The act of a Lawyer:
The world is a theatre and it is not a mere euphemism from Bard. Wherever we go, we profile others in certain image and as per popular images we as members of society have to ‘act’. Thus we are all actors without any room for innocence. Better actors, naturally are more successful.
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This is the question asked: “How to become a lawyer?” The questioner, after nearly a decade of trying as a junior with a lawyer in specialised practice, was having second thoughts. With a family to support, the reasons were obvious: lack of sufficient income. It was actual lack not the usual below expectation type of shortfall.
Lawyers profession in India especially in mufossil or small towns in India is grossly unorganised besides being as enigmatic as elsewhere. However being unobservant does not help. There are few facts which need to be noticed and few considerations to be kept in mind. These are:
It was a long time ago, a friend narrated this joke to me by naming real characters i.e. the name of judge and the name of lawyer. The judge was humorous. Therefore it is possible that this may be real joke or real life PJ, but I am not sure. However the joke is hilarious.
Judgments of the court are pronounced in open court. Some time dictated in open court as well. Some time rather often, judges hear the arguments and reserve the judgment and ‘deliver’ the judgment on a later date. Continue reading
People take legal opinion very lightly. In fact some lawyers also hand out opinions as if they are predicting about the formation of Government of India in 2014. That is without any understanding of the facts and clarity on the law on subject. This is most unprofessional. Even more unprofessional is people or clients seeking half-cooked and half baked opinions by compelling a professional lawyer with some misleading reason. Continue reading