Legal profession attracts many persons. Now a days young people are becoming lawyers just after getting law degrees. They are choosing this profession as first hand. It’s true that legal profession has entered into a world of multi colors because of the constant entry of young talents. It is also true that everyone after joining law profession wants to be a successful lawyer. Successful lawyer means a knowledgeable person possessing name , fame and money through this profession.
One might gain knowledge in this profession but he can not be sure of procuring wealth through this knowledge. I have personally met with many knowledgeable persons of law who are struggling for a standard flow of regular income. Those legal scholars are in the same position which Swami Vivekanand had once said about himself – ” I don’t know from where will come my next meal? I am not even sure whether it will come or not.”
If you can say a simple line that money does not matter, be sure you have put your first step towards becoming a successful lawyer. The ethics of the legal profession should supersede every thing which dependent on the conduct of a lawyer towards the Court, towards his clients, towards his colleagues and towards society.
Lawyer A Single Man Army
A lawyer is a single man army in his or her initial stage of struggle. This feeling will prepare you to face all good and bad situations. In this condition, no one else is responsible for the success and failure of your work. One should personally try to know the procedures of court in his matter. Taking personal care in drafting , filing of case , preparing of evidence , cross examination and arguments will further lead you on the path of success.
First Deserve then Desire
There is natural flow of money in legal profession. And a real lawyer very soon realizes this fact. A lawyer means a legal representative of a person. Mahatma Gandhi says that a perfect society needs no lawyer. In other words you can say that there is no place for a lawyer in a complete society. So we can say that as the person is not competent to represent himself , he requires a lawyer to be represented. It is mandatory that a representative should be well dressed, very punctual in attending court. A legal representative is expected to read his file properly before he appears in a matter. So mental and physical smartness is a must for a lawyer. So first deserve then desire is still very unique quote. The sky of the legal world knows no limit, fly as much high as you can in terms of name , fame , money, politics, power and knowledge.
Professional Conduct of a Lawyer
A lawyer is supposed to know professional conduct prescribed under the Advocates Act, 1961. The Act prescribes high standard of professional ethics. Under the said Act, Bar Councils are formed which lay down the standard of professional conduct and etiquette. They not only safeguard the rights , privileges and interest of the advocates but also deal and determine cases of misconduct against advocate. Every successful lawyer is a man of principles. This profession establishes your personality in court and society. There is no need at all to be impatient and adopt any wrong practices to get false success. The real success is after all real and one should achieve it by not compromising with high standard of professional ethics and principles. Success is bound to come.
Fee of a Lawyer
The advocate never had any fixed fees for their work. It always varied from person to person. Different advocates quote different fees of the same work. People are always confused how to decide the fees of an advocate. In fact only monied people and corporate bodies can afford to pay high fees and engage eminent lawyers. Legal aid schemes are intended to cater to the weaker sections of the people. Between the affluent class and the poor and indigent , there is a vast middle class of clientele which is in need of legal services at reasonable rates of fees. So a reasonable fee should be charged by the advocate for any legal work. The terms and condition of payment of fee should be made clear to the client. Any conflict later on , at the point of fee is not fair. Advocate is giving an intellectual service to his client and should very fairly deal with him at the point of fee. Many times clients are also very smart and don’t pay agreed fee to the advocates. A written agreement may be formed to remove any future dispute in the payment of fees.
Behavior of A Lawyer
Advocates are officers of the Court. Decency , elegancy and dignity will pave way for success. A lawyer is considered as a learned person and a real learned man can never be arrogant and abrupt in his behavior. While dealings in and outside court, a lawyer should always bear in mind that he is a trustee for the honour and prestige of the profession as whole. There should be no petty rivalry among lawyers and they should feel a bond of brotherhood and friendliness among themselves. Every lawyer should behave politely and respectfully with the judges. He should never use wrong words against judges behind them before client or anyone. The high respect and faith to judiciary and judges will give lawyers a force to fight their case. Never forget that judges and lawyers are struggling for the same cause that is to bring justice in society and system.
Knowledge of A Lawyer
The profession calls for wide knowledge, high mental capacity, great culture and integrity. A lawyer must not be merely satisfied by being an expert in law alone. He has to acquire vast knowledge in every field of human activity. A lawyer without history or literatures is a mere mechanic, mere working tool. An advocate should enjoy reading political science, sociology, anthropology, Economics, world history and other subjects which will prepare him to see at any issue or problem from different perspectives. That is why an advocate is called the learned persons and he is always open to consider different opinions and explanations based on logic and reason. A good lawyer needs to c flourish his or her language constantly by reading English or Hindi grammar. One should develop his or her vocabulary everyday. The knowledge of an lawyer has to come out through his oratory and oral arguments. So strong hold on language is very necessary for an advocate.
Updating of Legal Developments and Changes by A Lawyer
What an advocate does in his profession is called legal practice which requires regular updating of legal knowledge. One should be in the habit of reading new judgments, changes in Acts and amendments in various provisions of law. This is the minimum requirement to do justice with law profession. Many acts are deleted , many new acts are formed by parliament and state assemblies. New Motor Vehicles Act, Land Acquisition Act and Consumer Protection Act has come into existence. Even though the advocate has no case to deal with under these acts , he must know the latest edition of all these acts and their provisions. Updating of legal knowledge keeps us informed and smart. It shows that advocate is progressive with advanced understanding of law. It is just like updating with new trend and fashion. So enjoy with updates.
In conclusion , it can be said that today democracy has been the victim of power politics and it is therefore the foremost duty of the lawyer to uphold the Rule of Law and to safeguard the interest , rights and liberties of the people. Lawyers have to advance knowledge of law among the general public. The ultimate end is justice. Justice is the greatest interest of man on earth.