At Manupatra we have been interacting with students for last 20 years, and we understand that the idea of entering the work force can be daunting for any young graduate. There’s the expectation from the employer – to perform and be productive from day 1; “hit the ground running”  as the axiom goes. . In todays’ time of pandemic and as we foresee post pandemic, the window for on the job training will perhaps be squeezed further.

To address few of the concerns, a webinar on Transitioning from Student to Professional: What they don’t teach you in school?” was organised with our guests, Naina Krishna Murthy, Founder & Managing Partner of K Law, Nilanjan Sinha, Legal Head for India & Southeast Asia, ICICI Bank, Ritvik LukoseVahura, CEO and Co-Founder.

Here are the Key Takeaways from the knowledge packed Webinar:

Naina Krishnamurthy’s valuable advice –

  • Develop communication as an essential skill irrespective of your field of interest in law.
  • Having a constant passion to learn and strong sense of purpose is key to a successful career.
  • Have a solution-based approach towards your seniors and clients both.
  • Know which questions to ask
  • Remember that you are not alone, especially when starting your career or a new job.
  • Develop your verbal and written communication skills.
  • Don’t let closed doors and inherent bias and judgments pull you down.
  • Stay clear on your purpose and it will carry you through.

Nilanjan Sinha shared how he has witnessed the transition of the Corporate Legal counsel having a limited scope, to the present day where law is all pervasive in action and lawyers have a pivotal role in the corporate sector. He stressed upon:

  • Developing technical competence as a part of professional competence for a young lawyer.
  • Curiosity as the tool to learn better, learn more.
  • Believing in oneself and pursuing opportunities that will add value to you like maybe foregoing an LLM just when you graduate and doing it later in your career when you feel ready for it.
  • Continuing Professional Development / Continued Legal Education have a very pivotal role to play. Your knowledge at the start of your career will not be sufficient 10 years down the line, therefore upskill and upgrade continuously.  

Ritvik Lukose shared his experience on how a transitioning year in his career gave him the necessary pivot and direction for his journey towards Law School and ultimately Vahura. He summarised the skills necessary for law students and young law graduates in the form of being a “T”- shaped lawyer with:

  • Traditional Skills: Fundamentals of the Law, Drafting, Negotiation, Research and Analytical Skills, and Communication.
  • Non-Traditional Skills: Project Management, Technical Proficiency, Time Management, People Skills, Commercial Awareness, Teamwork & Collaborations, Process Optimization and Risk Management.