Every young law aspirant who has attended law school is ushered into the Legal fraternity with the opening lines "Welcome to this noble profession" at their orientation programme. A question thus arises as to why the legal profession is considered to be noble.
K.V. Krishnaswamy Iyer's classic Professional Conduct and Advocacy contains a fine discussion on the place of the legal profession in the order of society, and why it is said to be noble.
Justice Iyer calls the legal profession as "the most brilliant and attractive of peaceful professions, with responsibilities both inside and outside of it, which no person carrying on with any other profession has to shoulder".
While addressing the question of practice of the legal profession, he says, "an advocate has to deal with the greatest possible variety of human relations and has his mettle constantly tried from every direction. For the same reason, an advocate earns great social distinction, which ought not to be misused at any cost." The underlying ethos of the legal profession is the service to society, akin to that of a doctor. The aim is to protect citizens from social diseases.
Taking inspiration from the abovementioned excerpt, I made up my mind to further hone my skills and to acquire specialised knowledge in the field of Business Law which would help me fulfil my ambition of becoming a successful Corporate Lawyer after the completion of my LL.M. studies.
I also draw inspiration from my school, Sherwood College, Nainital's motto "Mereat Quisque Palmam", meaning "Let each one merit his/her prize". I have lived by this motto whether it was on the sports field or in the classroom and now I aspire to merit my prize in the Legal profession.