“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”
– Napoleon Hill
You are standing at the very end of your five years journey and counting the days to be a law graduate and suddenly everything changes. A global pandemic threatened all that you planned for the past few years. The recent developments in relation to an ensuing pandemic is a harbinger to a state of hopelessness and uncertainty. The world seems to drown in chaos and wilderness with no immediate solution to counter impact the horrors of COVID- 19, yet this may pave a path for our race for absolute resilience and open a new avenue for future discourse in defeating the same. The adage “opportunity in adversity” seems to be the new calling for this generation. The world, unlike the erstwhile order, has to unite like never before to defeat this pandemic and must come out all guns blazing to set a precedent for the future generation under the aegis the established laws of nature.
The career prospects for any students in the post Pandemic period are myriad and immense. Though there are mainstream faculties one can choose from like economics, engineering, medicines, agriculture, one field that stands out is ought to be Law, as this area shall pick up pace in the post Pandemic period owing to change in policies that will be introduced by the contemporary government to suit the ever-changing dynamics of the nation. Henceforth, prioritising activities in the field of law is indispensable to be brought about by reforming academic policies at the grass-root level that shall encourage young minds to pursue and explore this area as a well-defined career prospect.
After studying the five years course most of the students either opt for advocacy or judicial services or work in a law firm or company. These choices are all great but another option which could have a little edge over other professions in this situation could be higher studies. Master of Laws or LL.M shall help build an experience in a particular area of law that may encourage the students to challenge their intellectual stimulation, thrive for the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the law.
Doing a master’s degree in law doesn’t only ascertain one’s career in academics but also improves their career prospects, whether in practice or judicial service or any other allied field. An LL.M degree from a renowned institution offers all of these things. It is believed that one should “do what one loves and love what one does”, hence a student who wishes to learn more about the subject that is close to his/her heart may seek answers in an LL.M program.
The program entails specialisation in a specific area that can groom a student to achieve a successful career. A candidate’s proclivity towards a particular area that has been taught at graduation level, may opt the desired subject as a specialisation in the post-graduate program. For example, taking up an offbeat program like environmental law as a specialisation may augur well for a candidate in the post Pandemic period as environmental policies form the core of government well-defined policies. However, other programs like Constitutional law, Criminal law, IPR, Corporate law are also as good from career-building perspective.
In-depth study on the theoretical and the practical aspects is divided by a fine line of critical thinking and analysis, which can be put into effective usage by studying the master in laws. A focused study on a specific subject/ area helps a student to persevere a better understanding of his future. A student can develop a skill where he/she can find out issues of common specialisation of law which are unexplored with the help of culmination of a research-oriented study in the legal domain. When pursuing LL.B degree one doesn’t get the opportunity to study a particular area critically and analytically. However, in contrast, the higher study provides that scope to discover more and teaches the best possible way to learn beyond textbooks.
For a final year student choosing a good institution for higher studies is as much challenging as deciding a suitable career for him/her. In our country, one can opt for any institution as per his choice. There are plenty of good institutions offering an LL.M degree, with both annually and biannually. The choice of the institute should be based on the specialisation/ area that a student wants to pursue and not on how reputed that college is. From my own experience as an LL.M graduate from national law school, I can say that in that duration all that matter the most is whether you are learning anything from that specialisation or not. All the details are available on the website these days so think before deciding the most important paths of our life. This one right step can be life-changing.
It is understandable that a good college must have all the basic amenities at its disposal to offer the best that is required for all round development of the student. For example, institute must be able to offer the best academic support, best faculties, best libraries, and the most importantly, challenges that brings best out of you. From my personal experience, while doing LL.M, we were put through various situations that were quite challenging at that time, but now when I look back, I see how much those challenges helped me in transforming me into a strong person.
One can also opt for doing LL.M from foreign institutions. These days mostly we have quality master degree programmes offered by great institutions throughout the world. But yes, the fees structure is quite higher than what we have in India but there are several scholarships available for Indian students which cover most of the expenses. The full bright scholarship is one of them which offers a wide range of specialisation for interested candidates. Mostly all the countries offer an ample number of scholarships programme for foreign nationals and you can select the suitable one for yourself and prepare accordingly.
So, on a concluding note it is suggested that though higher study sounds challenging, yet it can offer best of experiences in life. The present pandemic situation offers to rethink various career opportunities for graduating students. Throughout the world, the admission dates and entrance examinations have been postponed that gives more time for a law graduate to decide. But again, don’t enroll to a higher degree just to be safe. Choose this path only if you are interested not because it was an easy choice during a global crisis. The LL.M programme is one of the most highly regarded master degree courses in the world that is rigorous and intellectually demanding. Almost everywhere it is taught by some of the finest academicians, and they train you to be best.
So dear students take a deep breath and close your eyes and think clearly. As a law graduate you have plenty of options but choose the correct one wisely. By this time, you all know your strength and weaknesses, use them to make this decision for you. This is your time and this is your chance to be the person your parents and teachers believed in. Hence, choosing the right career will not only bring you success but also help to make the “right you”.
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