Limitations of a Degree in Law

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The nature of laws and legal systems is the embodiment of paradox. The spirit and principles of laws are more or less universal. However, their specifications are relative to the boundaries of states. Each state has a different set of laws. This also implies that the study and application of law is also considerably different for each country.

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This is made manifest in the fact that in India this is only allowed with very particular requisites. A person must have finished a degree in law in a recognized university and passed the exam for the practice of the same. Furthermore, they should have enrolled as an advocate under the Advocates Act of 1961. These requirements are unique to India and are tailor fitted to its legal system. This requirement for admission to the profession of lawyers is very common. However, the fact is that these requisites are relative to a specific jurisdiction. Similar requirements can be found in countries like the Philippines. The difference is that in the latter it means that prior to being allowed to take the exams one should have completed the law course as with the prescribed and approved curriculum by the legal authorities.

The differences and disparities of jurisdictions inhibit individuals who study the laws in their home states to practice or pursue a career in another. For example, a law student who has become a lawyer in India cannot practice the same in another country. Furthermore, his or her degree in law cannot be viably used as a platform for pursuing post graduated studies in foreign academic institutions. An individual who has graduated from the National Law School of India University cannot usually pursue a Masters degree in law, for example, in Columbia Law School. This is because the academic requirements for the same vary considerably. This is based on the reality of divergent curriculum and highly specific coursework, which are unique to the legal studies in most if not all countries’ legal education.

A career in law does yield significant compensation. This is because it is a profession that considerably based on expertise. Furthermore, it is a profession imbued with the public interest since it is for the administration of justice. Almost any establishment requires legal services, which mean that demand for lawyers rarely diminish. This is evidence by the existence of many law firms like Global Jurix and Advoc India Law Offices. Moreover, a person who has at least a degree in law or has already been admitted to the practice of the same has significant more career options than most. They can pursue careers in the academe, in corporate establishments, in NGOs, government services or devote themselves to provide legal services.

In summary, the practice of law may be based on universal precepts but have significant limitations. This is shown by the varying requirements that each country has for the same. It is also noted that post graduated studies for an individual who has a degree in law from one country can rarely be pursued beyond such a country. This is due to the glaring differences in academic requirements and coursework. Despite this, this does not negate the fact that a degree and having been allowed to practice law is a good profession. It has many career paths and does provide good compensation.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.