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Before one makes a decision to join a law school one should be aware of the subject chosen and what to expect from a law school. What is the law? Law is the set of rules that regulate the conduct of any organization and is backed by sanctions. Law is one of the specialized branches of governance. Studying law would then mean to have firsthand knowledge of the way any organization is governed.
However, one can raise contradictions to the above statement by mentioning that any person who is associated with a particular organization for a long time would know how the organization runs. Then why does one need specialized universities dedicated to the impartation of legal education? The answer is quite simple. As opposed to general thinking, law school does not teach one solely legal subject but a plethora of other qualities that make a person more confident, smart and charismatic. Listen here are 10 things one can only learn in a law school.
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN ONLY IN A LAW SCHOOL
PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE OF ALL AREAS OF LEGAL STUDY
In a law university, one can expect to learn all the different branches of law and its allied subjects. This includes a philosophy of law (Jurisprudence), Criminal law, Civil law, International law, cyber law, Law of Medicine, etc. Unlike the other branches of study where only the particular legal aspect is taught a law university covers all the avenues of law.
For example, a computer engineer may be taught Cyber Laws, a CA may have knowledge about corporate laws but an advocate has knowledge of all the forms of law. The courses in law schools are distributed through various years of study in a way that the students have over-all knowledge of the legal structure of the country. In addition to the laws prevalent in the country, the law students need to have knowledge of the laws in foreign countries as well. In a law school, a student has to read through all types of legal literature like bare acts, commentaries, cases, scholarly articles, etc. A law student has to compare and combine different types of law.
Furthermore, the law is a dynamic subject, its avenues changes. This requires law students to be resilient and aware of the changes that are occurring. Law school teaches one to be always on tip-toes about the changing dimensions of the subject. Law school builds the base on which one can add on throughout the entire life as a professional.
ANALYTICAL AND CRITICAL THINKING
Law school teaches one to analyze the various laws in a critical manner. This facilitates finding the loopholes in the law and enhances the ability of interpretation of the law.
The lawyer’s work is not restricted to learning the procedural and substantive aspects of the law but to find out the exact clause which would be applicable to a particular case.
Law school teaches us how to think like a lawyer. It increases our reasoning power. Law school teaches one not to accept the rules imposed on, question these rules and reason out the flaws the rules. The questions in a law school exam are often practical, in which, facts are given and the student is required to apply the legal theory to the facts which increase the problem-solving skills of the law students.
Moot court is a model court fashioned in a way to resembles that of real courtroom experience. Here the hypothetical problem is given and the students have to find out the solution to that problem by application of legal principals and legal reasoning.
Mooting is taught only in law schools. Mooting increases the research and speaking ability of students. It helps one realize team spirit and enhances discussion ability it also increases the cognitive ability of the law students.
Participation in international moot court competitions gives exposure to the students which help them in their professional life. Furthermore, it enhances the understanding of a particular area of law.
The art of drafting legal documents is taught only at law school. Drafting is a skill that increases with experience. There is a particular procedure in which the legal documents have to be filed and drafted which can be found in the procedural laws.
The process of drafting requires one to know the exact pattern to prepare the draft. The style of drafting is different for different cases. The law students are specifically taught how to draft for various cases. In addition to drafting the law students are taught the exact official language to be used while making the drafts.
Cases form an important part of the academic curriculum of a law school. With the various areas of law, there are a large number of cases that are to be learned by law students. There are various ways in which law is formed. One of the major portions is attributed to cases. Cases serve as precedents. The research work invested in the cases is used to expand the scope of the law. Thus, it is essential for law students to learn cases especially the ones decided by the apex court of the country.
There are specialized reporters published at regular intervals in which contain the cases decided by the competent courts. A law student is required to read these reporters regularly and also prepare a synopsis of various law journals. This way a law student always sharpens her memory by constant reading of the contemporary legal cases.
It seems like an oxymoron but it is the reality in the case of law school. In law school, one learns how to argue in a diplomatic and dignified manner. Through the moot courts, internships and the regular training sessions that one goes through in law school the students are taught how to argue one’s case in a subtly witty and smart manner because in a courtroom blatant argumentation and rising of voices will not give a good impression to the judges. Law school teaches one to argue with zest but at the same time respect every member of the legal fraternity.
Making Law and Framing Legislation
The plethora of legal literature that one studies in law school make one specialize in framing laws. As one studies the concepts and principles of different forms of law and understands the dynamics of the society, one can easily correlate to two to draft legislation apt to regulate society. Framing laws require an understanding of the legal language. Expertise in legal language happens when one had read enough laws.
Moreover, law students understand the possible contradictions that can come up in legislation. This enables them to draft flawless laws. The understanding of the structure of society also enhances their leadership skills. It is not coincident that most of the eminent leaders of the world are law students from recognized law universities.
Negotiating and meditation techniques
Negotiation and mediation are emerging fields of law. These are part of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). There are various techniques for negotiation and mediation. The law universities through the Mediation and negotiation competitions help law students inculcate a deep understanding of the negotiation and mediation techniques. Furthermore, Law school teaches its students the guidelines of the procedure to be followed in negotiation and mediation.
THE PROCESS IN WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION WORKS- PRACTICAL ASPECT of LAW
The three organs of the Government – the Legislative, the Executive and the Judiciary have one thing in common- law. One learns how the three organs of the government function and the process in which the governments function. The procedural aspect of any legal issue is best known by law students because they are taught the procedural laws in addition to the legal theories or the substantive aspect of law.
Once the law students understand the way society works, they become intolerant towards the vices of society. They then take steps to transform and improve the conditions of society and take initiatives to create a change. Law school teaches one to challenge the laws that are already prevalent and never to accept laws blindly. Further, they realize that the laws that govern the society are man-made and therefore flawed. They go to change the laws and make better. The law students are sensitive to issues. Their confident attitude makes them one of the kind and leaders in their separate paths.
Apart from all the above, law school teaches one to be patient, respectful and self-confident. In the competitive environment of a law school, one is seasoned and resilient against all forms of competition. The law school also teaches one how to conduct oneself with chivalry. Furthermore, law school teaches one to make intelligent judgments and smart choices. Law school teaches us not to get swayed by emotions and be neutral and tactful about the choices.
Law school indeed prepares one to shine in any profession that one chooses after completion of the law.
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