After someone completes his or her LLB degree, he becomes a lawyer. But a being a lawyer is not the same as being an advocate. Someone becomes an advocate in accordance of the provisions of Advocates Act, 1961. You need to be enrolled with the Bar Council and this makes you eligible for taking stand for your client. Some people also file PILs but for that it is not necessary to be a lawyer. Any public spirited individual can file a PIL.
Important factors to keep in mind before choose litigation as a profession
Many litigation boutique firms are also functioning in the country. You can specialize in litigation by choosing a field like tax matters, cyber law, labour laws, family matters, criminal matters and many more to choose from.
One important criteria is that the income is unfixed and depends on the billing of the clients. Hence, the future remains uncertain. The name and reputation of the lawyer plays a vital role for the client to instill their faith on them.
To become a lawyer, a person must be public spirited and must be willing to raise a voice against the wrongdoings.
An important thing to keep in mind is that the person must be having good oration skills and must be willing to visit court proceedings. The lawyer must be able to make good connections with people.
If you are planning to practice in a lower court, you must be well versed with the local language of that region.
To become a lawyer in a foreign country, you must qualify and pass the local bar exam of that country.
Tips to Ace in field of Litigation
- If you hail from a strong family background in the field of law, you can join your family practice and learn from their experience.
- You might like to join some senior council and work under them to are experience and then after some years move to an independent practice.
- In future, you can also build a law firm of your own.
- Understand the functioning of courts and learn from the experience.
- Study the procedural laws very carefully and integrities of law.
- Make yourself updates and know the developments taking place in field of law.
- Try and participate in moot court competition, debate competition etc. in order to improve your oration skills.
- Watch videos of famous trials to prepare yourself and structure your arguments.
- Learn about the judge you are appearing in the curt, the type of arguments they are convinced with.
- Be prepared to be asked any question.
- The earning is not fixed.
- People usually don’t entrust them and become their clients due to lack of experience in initial years of practice.
- Shifting or changing jobs in judiciary or corporate law becomes difficult.
If you have a flair in litigation, going in court is not an issue go for it. Most importantly enjoy what you do! All the best!