This question was asked by Shatabdi Patra on Prof. Shamnad Basheer’s Career Advice page here.


I am in 4th year of my BALLB course and am very confused about what should I do.

In the beginning I wanted to be a corporate lawyer but now I am very confused…I want to join NGO and help people…I have not participated in any moots. Pleas help me.


Go with the flow. You still have some internships left.

So try and see if you can do a corporate internship.

If you really like it, then go for a corporate job. So don’t pick a corporate job only because your friends are all picking them. Do it only if that is your cup of tea and will make you happy.

Our career choices should be primarily driven by our passion.

What is it that will make you spring out of bed each morning super enthusiastic and ready to take on the day with work?

Chose that line of work that you will get you in that spirit day after day.

Once you pick your passion, the rest will follow…money, fame etc etc.

I am the Admin of Lawctopus. I am for law students, of law students and by law students. I am Torts and Contracts and moots and internships. I am your boyfriend! And your girlfriend too! Mentor. Friend. Junior. Senior. I am the footnote in your research paper. Foreword in your life. The jugaad for your internship. The side gig which earns you bucks. I am Maggi. Pocket money too.


  1. Umm, the answer seems pretty ambiguous. Why advise someone who doesn’t want corporate to do that? My advice, Shatabdi, would be to try and apply for fellowships with reputed NGOs across the country. The stipend will be minimal, work conditions dismal, but job satisfaction is guaranteed if you want to be in this field. There are plenty of fellowships available in wide range of topics and work conditions. Do keep an eye out for the notifications (they usually start by March end and go on till August), not just on this website but on others as well.

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