5 More Career Fears: #practical law #arbitrary intern selections #what the boss wants #where is the counsellor

Lawctopus college managers are sharing their career fears.

We are publishing them to tell our readers that you are not alone in your fears and worries. 

Here are the 5 career worries of one of our college managers:

1. We are not taught the practical application (court procedures) of law. I am interning under a senior advocate at a high court these days and I have discovered that most of what we study in law school is just 20-30% of the skills we require to become great lawyers.

I believe, involvement in legal aid work should be encouraged in every college in order to make students get the real experience.

I think instead of learning only what an anticipatory bail is, it’ll help us more to learn how it is obtained.

2. Working during an internship isn’t as taxing as it is to get an internship.

Lucky ones end up calling their “contacts” and others just begin their CV sending and follow up race from the start of the semester.

Thank God for Lawctopus that the internship hunt is a task taken care of.

But it remains a worry because the process of selection is somewhat arbitrary at many places which harms the chances of many. Also, ending up making a bad decision at an internship which is not suitable to your skill requirement means a lot of time wasted.

3. What skills an employer requires and what does he appreciate the most?

This is a very confusing query because apart from the knowledge of law there are many different qualities which an employer expects his employees to have.

Does the name of our law school matters? Or the number of moot courts we’ve won? Or an impressive CGPA?

We all dream of coveted jobs in law firms but there’s no guide for how to get there.

I often think if I am to appear for a job interview, how am I supposed to prepare myself for the interview and life post selection. (if I’m fortunate enough)

4. LLM from India or abroad? Other options in research and analysis?

Options to migrate to other countries which may offer great legal jobs on the basis of work experience and score of some compulsory law papers on that country’s law, and necessary qualifications for the same.

5. What after 5 years? I am really confused if a career in judiciary/litigation/corporate job would suit my aptitude.

I wish there was a ‘career after law’ counsellor in every law school conducting some interviews or may be aptitude tests which would give us a clearer picture of the options we should be considering.

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