Cyber law is an emerging discipline of law which deals with ¬legalities concerning activities in the digital and mobile ecosystem.
What do they do?
Cyber lawyers give advice on legalities concerning electronic format, online contracts, matters of contraventions and cyber crime. they also advise clients on legal aspects concerning social media, issues pertaining to electronic evidence, domain name disputes, protection and preservation of intellectual property rights in cyber space.
Issues related to data protection and privacy are also handled by cyber lawyers. They could engage either in legal practice or work as in-house counsels in the companies. As the number of crimes such as hacking, money transfer frauds etc through the internet increases, cyber law as a career is increasingly gaining importance. Those wanting to go for cyber law should be adept at handling computers and should always be updated on the latest developments in their field.
- Ability to understand technology
- Orientation concerning Information Technology and use of Computers
- Good information gathering skills
- Great time management skiils
- Great communication
- Should be able to empathize with the victim and communicate clearly to the police personnel
- Ability to convince and dig for anamolies
How do I get there?
You should have a degree in law. For this, you can do a five-year integrated law course after Class 12 from any law university/law college, or a three-year law course after graduation. Once a person has graduated in law, he/she then needs to specialise in cyber law.
Typical day in the life of a Cyber Lawyers
Daily schedule of a cyber lawyer would vary depending on the kind of work and case they are involved in at that time. If involved with litigation cases, then the days would normally entail visiting courts for litigation and prosecution. Post this the lawyer would need to work on legalities pertaining to the electronic format and client's issues.
In case a cyber lawyer is involved as a legal professional or as an in house counsel by a company, they would be doing a regular bound by clock duty. Various legalities pertaining to the electronic business operations and activities done by the company and it's employees. They would also need to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
Pros & Cons about this career
An exciting profession to be in
Your pay distinctly increases with experience
Requires long hours of work
The issue of catching up with the developments often becomes tedious and cumbersome
Constant use of computer systems has a direct impact upon eyes
Cyber crimes are a fairly new phenomenon so work could be hampered due to lack of information related issues