The challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all sectors, including the legal system. New players in law firms need to be prepared for a wide range of scenarios that could arise in the post-COVID era. Therefore, law students must be prepared for a difficult and demanding time.
Good internships provide a head start in a law student’s legal career. They need to partner with well-known companies by channeling their resumes through recruitment agencies, online internship portals, and speculative application processes.
In recent times, several experimental opportunities have become available. The most popular are judicial internships, legal clinics, summer internships, legal day schools, pro-bono projects, etc. These offer the opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge in important areas of law, gain exposure to a real-time work environment and provide valuable assistance to a legal employer.
Knowing your strengths and developing them will make a young law student a highly professional leader. Students can access additional knowledge through various online courses, online mock interviews, etc. A great way to be ahead of the pack is to connect with legal mentors and build a long-term connection by sharing background and showcasing all work experience.
Students should understand that attention will be paid to the emotional quotient of customers, the demands and the ability to manage the technological changes that the industry is going through. Given the various changes made by the government to rules and regulations, it is necessary to be up to date with legal requirements and to understand the evolutions and complexities of the various issues in order to provide amicable solutions.
Another major aspect is the digitalization of the legal sector. Globally, higher education institutions have shifted to online courses. Apart from that, there is the information freely available on the Internet. Students should demonstrate that they can work with multiple software flexibly and show their digital expertise to contribute to existing technology. Law universities support young minds by providing them with simulation-based education, which helps them understand legal procedures up close. An affinity with technology will help law students excel, as the legal industry today operates digitally.
The author is director and dean of the Institute of Law – Nirma University