Why should you be open to choosing an alternate career after law school?

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By Arman Sood

I’ll start with a little bit about myself. I recently graduated from Jindal Global Law School. Just the 2nd batch of the law school I honestly did not have much of an idea of what to expect from life as an 18-year-old when I came here.

The journey, however, has been awesome and I am excited to share it with you all.

If you could be anything in the world, what would you be? Take a moment and answer this question.

Now I ask this question only because I believe everyone makes choices based largely on circumstance, situation, pressure, preconceived notions and similar traits.

What if you had the chance to be anything in the world what would you be?

Remember to free your mind, dream with your eyes wide open and think aloud. Anything from space explorer to a deep-sea diver, president of a country to world famous singer, humanitarian to a business tycoon.

Again, think from your heart and let the child in you speak.

I shared this because growing up and even now I have been extremely passionate about sports. Now as many may think it, it does not mean I have to become a sports person. The idea is translating any passion or love into work.

Speech

Entrepreneurship gives you the scope to make money and solve a problem based on the things you’re really passionate about.

I’d like to share a few more examples with you.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

He founded PayPal, Tesla and Space X. Just because he was interested in space becoming an astronaut was not the only option.

Today he makes money through satellite launches and asteroid mining.

Who would have thought he would be giving NASA a run for their money?

Lesson: You can read and learn and acquire knowledge on just about anything.

Sachin and Binny Bansal

Sachin & Binny

They sold books on the roads of Bangalore and today we all know what Flipkart is! This revolution happened in just the last 5–7 years.

Lesson: Once you kick start your idea and execution will take various shapes and forms.

Varuna Shunglu

Varuna Shnuglu

A friend of mine who graduated as a lawyer from DU Law Faculty was passionate about Yoga and today she’s got an MSc in Yogic Sciences and tours the world for Yoga retreats.

She’s launching a health and wellness start-up.

Lesson: If you’re passionate about something work on becoming the best at it.

I don’t think anything in life is “easy” or any future is “secure”. There is only one thing that defines us and that is the hard work we put into our passions.

I’m still finding my passion. It’s a long journey of self realization. I’ll tell you how it worked out for me.
Career Confused?

I started my +2 with PCMB. It was either becoming a doctor or marine engineer that I had my sight on.

Law and the Legal Profession

I loved speaking and debating and I felt law school or the legal profession would allow me to hone that skill in some way or the other.

I was keen on being a litigator and kicking ass in a courtroom for the rest of my life. Turns out that wasn’t me.

I had a series of average internships where for a variety of reasons I didn’t enjoy the work and the culture.

Intern at a Startup or Feel Free to Start Your Own

As law students, we do an average of 8 internships during our law school.

I can guarantee that each student has at least 1 internship they feel wasn’t worth it.

All I can encourage you to do is choose to intern at a start-up or in an unconventional space instead of wasting that month.

Choose to take two months off and work on an idea that you have thought about or considered and it will change the ball game altogether.

That’s when the journey of self-realization will begin.

For me, it began with EShack and that’s how I embarked on the journey of Entrepreneurship!

Lawyers are risk averse and entrepreneurs are risk takers! It took a dear friend and business partner, Ashwajeet Singh to make me see this side of myself.

I knew we would be able to connect the dots and create something magical and fun out of thin air.

I knew we could breathe life into an idea from nothing into something tangible and meaningful.

We took the plunge and launched and e-commerce start-up retailing drinking, party and bar accessories.

As student entrepreneurs, it was the most enjoyable journey. Bloody tough as well because multi-tasking becomes a way of life.

There is no bigger joy than creating something

The experience allowed us to immerse ourselves in to every aspect of running an organisation.

We retailed our products to over 25 cities in the country and had retail tie-ups with over 15 other brands.

We had the opportunity to interact with international suppliers and local logistic companies.

The range of people that you get to deal with on a day-to-day basis expands your horizon to no end.

You’re your own boss- the motivation and learning are all on you.

I wasn’t sure what to expect after law school. I was keen on pursuing a career in trademark law. I was thinking whether I would survive in a courtroom in black and white.

I decided to work at a start up so I could be as close to entrepreneurship as ever.

Change in Career Trajectory after law school

As I graduated from Law School I began to work at Embibe.

Embibe is an ed-tech startup, which aims to help students preparing for massively competitive exams in improving their scores using data and technology to provide personalized feedback to a student on metrics such speed, time, accuracy and behavioral factors such as nervousness and stamina.

This was my first experience of working at a start-up organisation other than my own. The start-up culture has a charm of its own.

• It doesn’t matter how you dress or what you look like.

• It’s your “get shit done attitude” that matters!

• Learning on the go and team building are the most challenging aspects.

• It will change the way you look at everyday things.

Risks, Failure, and Success

It’s okay to fail! As cliché as it may sound, I can assure you there is nothing truer than actually learning from failure and mistakes. I have failed many times.

• Some may look at eShack as a failed venture but I am where I am today only because I gave that a shot. I was at a bar in Mumbai with some NUJS graduates and they were talking to me about eShack saying some dude in Jindal started this fancy thing. For me just saying ‘hey that was me’ is a measure of something I have achieved. No experience or learning is ever wasted.

• I stood for the Student Council Elections in my 2nd year and lost by a huge margin. I was definitely down but not out. I knew that very moment that I will give it another shot and it worked out.

• We performed well in all our football tournaments outside of University but lost 2 semi-finals in back to back years on home turf Surprisingly we played and we won on home turf for the 1st time. Its your perseverance that does the trick.

I am saying all this because I think everyone should involve themselves in activities that let you experience risk, failure, success and teamwork as that will help you grow as a person a lot more, even counter strike tournaments work.

What’s next?

The world is my playground and I hope it will be yours too in whatever you do! I am not advocating any lifestyle or career choice.

I am only advocating for you to do what makes you happy and content and work towards achieving your dreams!

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  1. Tushar Malik says:

    Hey Arman Sood. Your Article is really amazing. I would like to state that as similar to you I am also a great lover of sports. I had the wish to become a football or Cricket player but as you know the situation in India, my parents always kept on stalling me about me joining a sports academy for training in my school days. Not there fault as sports is risk in India and every Parent think it is waste of time.

    As you said in the article that do what you wish to do in life, I would like to question “how” as in my case I am graduated and doing internships along with an PG diploma Course but still feel to do something in sports, gaming or creative work but everything seems impossible now. Any advise would be grateful. thanks!

  2. BRILLIANT ARTICLE 🙂 Me being a law student too shares almost the same views as you have 🙂 and I am lot more inclined towards entrepreneurship than law itself for various reasons.

  3. E S Jagadeeshwar says:

    This article is very nice one. Majority of the Advocates at Trial Court level don’t have guaranteed monthly income. In some cases years together they may not get proper income also.

    Those who want to earn money from the legal profession at the Trial Courts are better not to enter without taking proper steps to get guaranteed monthly income. At Dist. level for Advocates opportunities to grow are very less. How can they keep alive their right to life? right to work? right to development?

    Without taking risk how an Advocate will enter into legal profession at Dist. level. Advocate Fee Rules are outdated. Govt’s don’t have enough time to update them. People think about those Advocate who charge lakhs for few minutes. They don’t know as majority of the Advocates are not getting due recognition or guaranteed monthly income particularly at Trial Courts.

    The next alternative .. choosing the field which touches the heart and specializing it. Making yourself as the best globally competent one.

    That’s why academic knowledge is different from real life experiences. Without having strong base one cannot grow as the best Advocate. Many talented Advocates did not get proper recognition. The reason our society don’t know how to utilize the skills of a talented Advocate and the purview of an Advocate under various laws.

    The sensitive time will be once the Law Course is completed .. what decision a Law Student has to take to enter into the legal profession and commence the practice on his/her own or joining the office of a Senior Advocate or joining a Law Firm or joining in a job or starting a START UP?

    If you have enough money and resources legal profession will be very nice one because of independence. You can render your valuable services to the people, to the society and to the downtrodden. It gives a feeling as I too rendered my services for the upliftment of the poor and served to our Motherland. If you share your knowledge to uplift fellow Advocates the said inner joy is different. One has to feel within. It cannot be described in words.

    Right decision at the right time will pave way for his/her smooth life. Enough money is essential not only for Advocate but for every professional. Advocates have to develop money making skills also. They have to know how to charge for their services. Because Legal profession is entirely depending on his skills and mental abilities.

  4. Rudrika says:

    It’s a great article. It’s so true that sometimes despite having everything you are not satisfied. That is when you know, you need to get going in search of who you really are!!!! May each one of us finds what he /she is made for.

  5. I would like some information about options in business/entrepreneurship after the five year law course.

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