🤔 An ideal way to seek placement in office of a reputed lawyer, is to go through parent’s contacts or through some person upon whom this reputed lawyer may have trust.
Sending CV or applying relentlessly by emails may not be a good idea for a junior who may be seeking placement in office of some reputed lawyer.
Merit is good. But it is not the only thing that counts.
Questions which may come up in mind of a reputed lawyer on seeing CV of a junior lawyer could be something like these:
1) Is this junior trustable? In my office, there are cases involving crores of rupees. Is this junior likely to betray me or my clients? And if he betrays or if he or she does something unworthy, to whom should I tell or complain? Who is guaranteeing me ethics of this junior lawyer? From what kind of family he or she is coming? What kind of income they have? Is he or she likely to fell prey to opponent side lawyers?
2) Is he or she likely to be threat to me in future? Is he likely to impress my clients so much that my clients will turn away from me in future? Is he likely to snatch away my clients in future?
In earlier times, there was a system that reputed lawyers will accept only those whose parents they knew personally. Now, you are right, times have changed.
A Junior lawyer (searching for a senior) need to ask himself, “What do I want.. Exactly?.Do I want to earn or do I want to learn?”
2 years ago, a law student, working as intern under a senior, in Sydney, complained that his senior was harsh and cruel. He did not pay but on the other hand, took work from him for many hours. Now and then he would ask him to go to do different tasks. He would not pay him conveyance charges. The junior had to bear these expanses from his own pocket. The work assigned to him was also mundane and boring.
After two years, the junior has now got a job directly under a Minister. Because the stern and hard training given to him by his senior paid him very well.
I am in touch of this junior since the day he got admission in his law course.
Perhaps, I want to remind you about how an iron object is shaped. First it is heated too much. Then it is hammered. And then shape of a sword emerges.
I think that perhaps those juniors are lucky whose seniors keep them in harsh conditions and ask them to do a lot of work and do not pay conveyance charges.
My senior Vasant Desai said, the juniors should be starved so that they open their wings and learn to fly ! I am grateful that he did not pay me anything when I was junior to him.🙏
🤔 Difference between learning Law from books and Learning Law by participating in cases in court is breifly this :-
You can learn swimming by reading books and you can also learn it by actually swimming in water.
That is the only difference.
One Judge suggested that you divide your time in Three Parts :-
1) Spend one third time reading current law judgements by sitting in a Library or by sitting in an isolated room.
2) Spend one third time reading actual case briefs in office of a senior
3) Spend one third time in sitting in court rooms where actual cases are being argued and decided by senior lawyers and judges.
Adopt that which suits your own style of learning.
A thought for those who want to overcome their circumstances in order to succeed.
“Sometimes we can meet for a cup of tea”….That is all I can offer…. Nothing more. Everyone has to fight their own battles… And one has to climb the stairs nearest to him….No lifts are there.
Over the years, I have learned that no one can help anyone. A man’s battle is basically with his circumstances. His circumstances and his conditions are more powerful than his capacity and Will to Overcome those circumstances.
Gandhiji used to overcome his obstacles by following two principles
1) I will observe fast for certain days unless my obstacles give in.
2) Whether, my Will to Overcome my circumstances can actually overcome my circumstances or not is entirely in hands of God. So I will keep chanting his name during my fast. I will keep calling Him to help me during my fast”.
How far his method can work today is a big question.
Experimenting on theories is the only by which scientists try to discover principles that work. Experimenting with whatever suggestion you may think will work, is the only way to test it.
Summary : The Will to Overcome circumstances has to be made stronger than the strength of obstacles.
🤔 “Always wear a raincoat while entering in a courtroom”.. About 36 year ago, a senior advocate of Junagadh District Court gave me this advice.
I liked this advice so much that till today I follow this advice.
In courtrooms, judges are often brewing with disturbing facts of their cases. Sometimes they get angry over advocates. It is natural. In psychology it is known as “Transfer of Anger”. A judge may have been angry over a case. Then sometimes his anger spills out on lawyers. Lawyers feel hurt when they come out from the court.
On one such day, as I came out from the court of a short tempered civil judge, the senior lawyer advised me, “Never bother about what judges say to us during hearing of a case. Just wear a raincoat. After coming out from court, just forget words of judges as if they are rain drops on your raincoat. His words will slip away from the raincoat and you will never feel hurt by words of a judges, which they might have spoken during heat of a bad case.”
Till today, I have followed his advice and I have never felt hurt by words of any judge.
I wish that all seniors should give such advice their to juniors.
😑 A lawyer Freind seems to be in trouble. His daughter in law committed suicide 3 months ago. No one blamed them because, the girl had tried suicide twice even before marriage. Relatives reconciled and were peaceful. Then suddenly an FIR is lodged after 3 months of suicide under 498A, 306, against entire family of lawyer. The whole family is now entangled in a web of law and criminal trial…
The question to Hon’ble Judges and distinguished lawyers of India, are :
1) Is there any safety legal measures which this lawyer could have done before getting his son married to the deceased girl?
2) Does law recognise any kind of written and registered Memorandum of Understanding, binding on parties that before registering any FIR of 306 or 498A, one party should give a 30 days notice to other side to reply to allegations?
3) Would such a law help families from “sudden shock of FIR and blow from the sky after 3 months of death a daughter in law?
4) Will such a provision give a chance to relatives of both sides to sit together before process of law begins?
5)An FIR means “Very First Information of an incident to police authorising it to start investigation”.. How a 3 month old information can be treated at par with such FIR when information is lodged after getting it drafted by some lawyer to rope in as accused maximum family members of other side?