A Career in Research and Academics

What it's about

Now, how many institutions can boast of training a student, right from the moment they step in? How many colleges have their students make 5-6 presentations every three months, and the fact that these are adjudicated by the best legal brains in the country, it entails for not just the best possible research but also forces them to push the envelope. And when the earnings for the same happen to be in dollars, who wouldn’t want to do it?

In a National Law School, a law student develops a personality where he doesn’t just follows up whatever is given to him, in his zest for learning the rules governing the country, but also digs deep into all possibilities of a given situation, for example when a Union Budget is passed by the Parliament, he won’t just go through it and feel okay about how the funds were allocated, rather he will form an opinion, a critical one at times and would not be afraid to air it by sharing the same with some of the best Publishers, Web portals, etc. Given the high knowledge content and the out of the box thinking pattern reflected in the article, the result is often that it gets published in the National journals needless to say there are obvious incentives attached to such articles. Research in a law school is not just confined to a specific field; today an average law student has to conduct studies and examine issues on diverse fields ranging from Intellectual Property Rights, Environment Law, Space Law, to International Arbitration.

The second stage is publication and presentation of ones that work at the International Arena in publications like International Law Journals such as Harvard Law Journal, Oxford University Law Journal etc., which brings along with it recognition on the international arena and $$$$. The incentives and perquisites for your hard work don’t just end there, when the country’s top most Corporate, Law firms etc., throng your college, what will make you stand out among you classmates and put you in high stead with these recruiters will be the initiatives which you would have taken in your days as a law student. Standing evidence to this is the hundreds of National Law School Alumnus, who are working with International organizations like International Court of Justice, UNICEF, and Amnesty International etc. obviously because of their inventiveness, but some credits also goes to research conducted by them during their Law School days.

Academics, Pursuing teaching as career option comes good to those who have a desire and a passion for it, National law School Alumnus form the part of countries best faculties throughout the Top National Law Schools of the country.

The Other Side

They say the lack of monetary reward is more than made up by the satisfaction of teaching. Compared to other options available, Research and Academics initially don’t offer lucrative pay packages, and of course requires a lot of hard work, but then this is true for most careers. Sharp wit and intelligence is required wherever you go.

Academics, Pursuing teaching as career option comes good to those who like it, National law School Alumnus are counted among the best faculties throughout the Top National Law Schools of the country. This career option gives you more flexibility than any other stream; a Lecturer of law is paid on a per-hour-basis. The remuneration being directly proportionate to the experience you carry and the credibility that you gain during your stint as a teacher. Delivering lectures upon any issue and not just matters related to law come easy to Law students given the fact that throughout their law school life, they are constantly in touch with the issues governing the society and not to forget their hold over a subject that is omnipresent in the world we live in: Law.

The Living Evidence to this is the Law Graduate and Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Guru and Author of “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”, Robin Sharma.

Pros and cons

When it comes to Research and Academics the initial pay package differ and as far as eligibility goes, either you to need to have a Master’s degree (LL.M) or must have cleared the National Eligibility Test. You start off as an Assistant Professor and given your National Law School Background in due course if you take up a Doctorate, you can end up being the Dean of a College. Other than this you can also apply for a Research fellowship with the country’s Premier Institutes like National Judicial Academy or Confederation of India Industries (CII).

The options don’t end here, in case you have been blessed with or have developed good oratory skills (with the exposure you get in a law school, that is a rule rather than an exception) you can develop your own knowledge unit and start taking individual sessions the remuneration for which has no upper limit and is on a per-appearance fee. The only drawback with a career in Academia, which we can list here, is that this field requires a lot of hard work and a will to research extensively which does not come easy to everybody. In terms of remuneration, you may have to wait for a while before you can treat your friends who may be corporate lawyers. As far as your personal growth goes it completely depends upon your wit, intelligence, and the effort you put in. But then aren’t these true for all professions: Legal or not?