April 1, 2020

Who is a lawyer and What does a lawyer do in this Profession?

A lawyer is a common profession, which almost everyone comes into contact with at least once in their life. But precisely because of the generality of the profession, there is much that we do not know about lawyers. Because what exactly does a lawyer do in the profession?

How can you become a lawyer?

To become a lawyer you need to follow a Law course LLB at the university. There are many universities all over the world where you can follow such a law study. You must have passed 12th grades or a diploma in order to join this law study course. In the first years of your studies, you will learn the basics of Roman law from where it is originated and our laws, and how to apply these laws. These basic years fall under the Bachelor's track of the study. Anyone who wants to work within the legal system must learn this. So there is no specific lawyer training.

The Specialization

If you have completed your Bachelor of Law (LLB), you are not there yet. You have now completed the 'lawyer training', now it is time for the 'lawyer training'. Every lawyer is a lawyer, but not every lawyer is a lawyer by profession. In order to become a lawyer, you have to follow the Professional Training Lawyer, a Two-year process that you do entirely at a law firm. You are taken care of by a 'real' lawyer and you still work under the title of lawyer-trainee. This is also the time to specialize, not only as a lawyer but also in what type of law. For example, you can work as a lawyer in criminal law, civil law, dismissal law, constitutional law or employment labor law. When you have finished the course, you take the oath to join the Punjab Bar Association. All lawyers in Punjab are members of this Order, which contains professional rules to ensure that they receive the legal assistance to which they are entitled.

What does a lawyer do?

But what does this legal assistance actually look like? A lawyer's duties can be very diverse, depending on the case he or she has to deal with, but it roughly outlines four core tasks:

1. Advising: You call in a lawyer if you have a problem that you cannot solve yourself. That could be with another person, with a company, with the government, you name it. A procedure can offer a solution, but why start a legal procedure if a solution can be found at an earlier stage? A lawyer can best advise you on this solution and the legal path to be taken. A lawyer is therefore also called counsel and is completely on your side in the conflict.

2. Mediate: If you are unable to find a solution in your conflict, a lawyer can mediate in the conflict. In addition, a lawyer can be the contact person between the parties, something that happens, for example, if two parties do not want to be in direct contact with each other.

3. Negotiation: Negotiations are necessary to find a solution that is as satisfactory as possible for both parties, without initiating legal proceedings. How can the conflict be resolved, who is to blame, how can it be avoided in the future: a lawyer can act as a negotiator for his or her client.

4. Litigation: When it comes down to the client's interests being defended in court, a lawyer can be called upon to take care of this defense.

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