Practice of Law:
Ever wondered why the services of advocates are known as the ‘practice’ of law? Practically speaking, the dictionary meaning of ‘practice’ is actual application or use of an idea, belief or method. Now, such application of law in everyday life comes from knowing what works in the real world and more importantly what does not! It is rightly said that a higher form of knowledge is knowing what must be done and what must be avoided in a given scenario. Therefore advocates apply their ‘practical’ knowledge and practice law.
We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of practical legal training when it comes to what is required in the legal field and how such knowledge acts as a kick start for freshly graduated young guns. Therefore, practical legal training helps law students become better lawyers of tomorrow. It promotes a better understanding of the profession by bridging the gap between the academic realm (which is often confined to just legal research) and the real world.
Importance of Law Lectures in Practical Application
Things are very different when students practice in the field right after graduation. Practical legal training equips students with better understanding of the profession and, more importantly, with what to deliver in the real world for success. Needless to say that paying attention to details is an important criterion which must be worked upon irrespective of where one is working (whether in litigation or non-litigation/corporate/advisory field of law). Internships and moot courts are believed to provide a bird’s eye view of the field. However, it becomes extremely difficult to comprehend the entire scheme of things in a limited period of time. Frankly speaking, internships and moot courts are only partial pictures of courtrooms, and the kind of legal research and legal drafting that happens there. What’s more, courts work very differently from what is shown in the movies and TV shows!
Nonetheless, moot court competitions are important avenues for gaining practical legal training. Moots give a glimpse of the litigation world when students do their legal research and prepare to argue on a hypothetical set of facts. In my opinion, it is the closest experience for a student of being a ‘lawyer’ before graduation. Moot court competitions help hone legal research skills and gain legal drafting experience. This, in turn, also promotes analytical thinking in students by making them mull over facts like lawyers. In other words, moot courts could help students learn real advocacy.
Internships are also another form of legal training. They are mandatory in law schools; rightfully so, and students must take them very seriously. Students get experience of working on real cases under the guidance of senior lawyers. They also learn that they must walk out of their shells and learn about the vast universe of the legal field that exists outside the law lectures in their classrooms. One applies what is learnt in law schools. For example, when it comes to legal drafting, all types of filing is done in prescribed forms of application laid down in the relevant Court Rules. A tough lesson to learn is that applications get rejected in courts if they are not in compliance with the Court Rules.
How WOLR imparts practical legal training:
We, at WOLR, have a team of legal specialists working in various fields of law and cater to any academic/non-academic issues that a law student faces in his/her college days. We help students with various types of legal drafting. Additionally, our academic services also include the help we give with legal research and writing that is relevant throughout the various stages of law school. These include drafting their academic papers/submissions, preparing for moot courts (memorial drafting), legal publication, thesis writing services and online law courses as well. We help equip students with everyday classroom requirements and more.
Contact WOLR for more information.