Law as a Career
The work profile of a lawyer
It's not easy being a lawyer!
A lot of us habitually think of lawyers as the men in 'black and white', vociferously arguing the law to ensure that their client’s interests are put across in the best possible manner, yet little do we realize that the lawyer’s job is multifarious and involves both simple and complicated issues.
The legal system in any society affects nearly every aspect of our lives, from buying a home to crossing the street. Lawyers form the backbone of this vital system, linking it to society in numerous ways. For that reason, they hold positions of repute, responsibility and are obligated to adhere to a strict code of ethics.
Lawyers act as both advocates and advisors in our human society. Human society is a confluence of interests, common causes, and struggles. These are continous in nature. Automatically, and naturally, this leads to disputes, friction and differences of opinions. When these happen, we need people who can represent us in front of the senior authorities who are vested with the power to judge the rightness of our claims.
These people are Advocates. As advocates, these professionals represent one of the parties in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client. As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients concerning their legal rights and obligations and suggest particular courses of action in business and personal matters.
Then there are trial lawyers who specialize in trial work and are familiar with courtroom rules and strategy. These lawyers conduct research, interview clients and witnesses, and handle other details in preparation for a trial.
Lawyers may specialize in a number of areas, such as bankruptcy, intellectual property, helping to protect clients’ claims to copyrights, artwork under contract, product designs, and computer programs. Still other lawyers advise insurance companies about the legality of insurance transactions, guiding the company in writing insurance policies to conform to the law and to protect the companies from unwarranted claims.
And then there is the huge area of corporate law, handled by specialist corporate lawyers who advise companies on legal issues related to business activities. These issues might involve patents, government regulations, contracts with other companies, property interests, or collective bargaining agreements with unions.
Law and legal activity is the bedrock of all social change – this means that your contribution to your nation’s development can be made through a legal career. You could help people in distress, advocating areas that they are concerned about such as child rights, women’s issues, or the protection of refugees. So if you think that you can make a difference to people’s lives and have all the traits of a lawyer, then law should be your calling!