Law Graduates Must Be Encouraged to Join Court Practice

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 31 Aug 2015
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The experience law graduates gain while practising in the court is more valuable than the money offered by private firms.

Law Graduates, Court, Litigation

Lured by lucrative pay packages, 60% of the law graduates from Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University join private law firms while only 40% choose to join the Bar.

Out of the total students who graduated in the last five years, only 12-15 law students are currently practising in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court. Most of them feel the experience they gain while practising in the court is more valuable than the money offered by private firms.

Palash Prasad Yadav, who graduated from Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University this year said, "The experience of working with a senior lawyer is more valuable than money. One gets to learn something new every day."

"Those who work for law firms often feel stagnated after some time. Litigation is more exciting," said Atul Yadav, a 2014 graduate.

Advocate Aseem Goswami, who completed LLM from RMLNLU in 2010 and is currently on the legal panel of National Insurance Company and Canara Bank says, "Litigation is more challenging. After practising for a few years, I have now established my own firm."

Piyush Raj Ver ma, who graduated this year, has started an online legal support service portal called Yellow Kagaz. He feels that practising in courts teaches lawyers what they can never learn while working for corporate firms.

 

Law graduates like Shubham Tripathi, Atul Yadav and Rishabh Kapoor also shared similar views. Tripathi feels that as far as litigation is concerned, law schools must give better exposure to students so that they can do adequate justice to their role.

Some students blamed the institute for the lack of interest in litigation. RMLNLU should organise mandatory weekly court visits and make them a part of the curriculum, they said.

"As law students we were never made familiar with the minor procedures of the court as enumerated in the Allahabad High Court rules. The university should address these problems if it wants to churn out good lawyers," a young advocate said.

RMLNLU vice-chancellor Prof Gurdeep Singh said, "Many law universities are facing this issue. Graduates prefer to work with law firms because they offer better pay packages. They are reluctant to work under senior lawyers who do not pay that well. Efforts are on to encourage them to join litigation."

 

Source: HT Lucknow

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