Are you interested in exploring a career in litigation? Do you fancy yourself as a Supreme Court litigator one day?
Do you want to know more about the benefits of performing Supreme Court work from the earliest stages of your career?
Do you want to know more about how freshers can build a name for themselves at the Supreme Court? What are the different types of paths to achieving this, and what is the right time to start?
As a law student, I was inspired to be a litigator – becoming a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court was the pinnacle of my dream.
I interned at the Supreme Court in the third year of law school – that was my first opportunity to get a close view at my dream. This was back in 2009.
The senior advocate whom I was working under was an ex-Advocate General of Chhattisgarh. He was getting appellate matters coming from the state of Chattisgarh.
The first few days were exciting – visiting the Supreme Court itself has a certain charm about it.
However, the excitement fizzled out quite fast, as I realised that I could not follow the proceedings properly most of the time. I would sit there and listen hoping to learn something,
In the court, I would frequently not understand what is going on in the hearing despite watching keenly.
Back at my senior’s chamber, the deluge of files and paperwork drowned me. I could not follow the proceedings, and I didn’t know how and what to draft at which stage.
There was a bigger issue – quite a few litigators were present at the Supreme Court, but it seemed that a lot of them were eagerly waiting for their ‘big break’, a time when their career would be catapulted into the limelight.
If you spend a week in the Supreme Court even as an intern it will be clear to you that everyone was not succeeding.
It ̇was chaotic, and a lot of lawyers struggle to meet living expenses as a litigator.
When survival in the profession itself was a question, having a roadmap to becoming a Senior Advocate was unthinkable. It scared me.
I had heard getting into Bollywood was like this. Every year starry eyed youngsters come to Mumbai to get an opportunity in the film world. Most give up after a few years of futile struggle.
The scene at the Supreme Court looked like that too.
How could I make it big in Supreme Court litigation?
How do I ensure that I do not get lost in the deluge of lawyers waiting for their ‘big break’?
This absence of a clear roadmap to success pains several High Court and trial court lawyers.
However, in 2021, there’s much more to Supreme Court practice than meets the eye.
- It is possible to start your career by working directly at the Supreme Court
- Starting at the Supreme Court first has a lot of advantages – you get to experience the highest levels of diligence, meticulousness and quality, which are attributes that last a lifetime.
- The time needed to succeed has shortened because judges encourage young lawyers and even a passing reference in a landmark judgement can do wonders to their career.
- Several law students, activists and young lawyers have filed public interest litigation to build their credibility with clients and the judges – filing public interest litigation even works at the High Court as a strategy
- The visibility & reputation that you get as an SC lawyer is unparalleled, even when you go back to your respective High Court.
- Chambers of various senior lawyers at the Supreme Court pay very well
- Many seniors pay INR 50,000 to INR 80,000 per month to their juniors – it is significantly better than salaries of smaller law practices
- Even if you take a few years to go independent, you can live comfortably in Delhi in this salary
- You can even have the opportunity to build your own clients as you get to network and work closely with top tier law firms and clients.
- Even if you plan to litigate in your home state (outside Delhi), you can perform Supreme Court work occasionally for clients
- You can assist your senior in matters where the client wants to file petitions against High Court or tribunal orders, before the Supreme Court
- You may occasionally obtain your own clients, whom you can represent at the Supreme Court. You can engage an Advocate-on-Record to draft and file the petition and argue the matter yourself, or brief a senior.
- You may be able to file PILs on your own to build your credibility
- You can perform drafting work for Supreme Court advocates and earn well – Supreme Court advocates pay reasonably well for drafting
Exciting, isn’t it?
Join us in a 3-day bootcamp, from 6 pm to 9 pm, on 10th, 11th and 12th April.
Day 1: Career opportunities for young lawyers at the Supreme Court, and how to eliminate 5-10 years of struggle as a young litigator by learning Supreme Court work to fast track your career graph
Day 2: How to find the right senior at the Supreme Court and get a job or internship with him/ her
Day 3: How to set up your independent Supreme Court practice and plan for the Advocate-on-Record Exam
What will you learn?
- Is setting up a Supreme Court practice a viable option for first generation lawyers when they are starting out?
- Why do young lawyers hesitate to build a practice at the Supreme Court first?
- How to identify whether you are cut out for building a Supreme Court practice?
- What kind of resources, skills, experience, and other qualifications do I need to set up a successful Supreme Court practice as a beginner?
- How to build your confidence in performing Supreme Court work
- How to powerfully combine your trial, tribunal and High Court litigation skills with Supreme Court skills to beat the competition
- Should I not try my hands first at trial court work before I perform work at the Supreme Court? How will I learn trial and cross-examination skills?
- How should I find a good senior to work with? What are the factors to keep in mind?
- How to find a senior who practices in an area of my interest and convince him/ her to give me a job or internship opportunity?
- What are the tasks that are given at a senior’s office? How can I learn to perform those tasks?
- Should I start working with an Advocate on Record or with a Senior Advocate?
- What are the earnings like in a senior’s office? Are they sufficient to meet living expenses for someone who is not from Delhi or who does not have family/ relatives in Delhi?
- What is the growth trajectory in a senior’s office like? By when can I go independent if I join a senior at the Supreme Court?
- My senior does not perform Supreme Court work – how can I benefit from learning Supreme Court skills?
- I work in the district courts and sometimes visit the High Court – is learning Supreme Court work going to be beneficial for me?
- I do not practice in Delhi – what are the benefits of learning how to perform Supreme Court work for my practice?
- Importance of briefing Senior Advocates effectively to ensure a client’s success in litigation at the highest levels
- How to brief a Supreme Court Senior Advocate
- I have been a litigator but I cannot visit court owing to personal and family reasons anymore – can I perform Supreme Court work remotely?
- I am a law student and I want to build a career in litigation – can I really get to perform Supreme Court work as a fresher?
- Should I start working at the Supreme Court right after college? What are the pros and cons?
- What are the benefits of performing running internships with Supreme Court lawyers in college?
- Does it make sense to pursue a clerkship with a Supreme Court judge first before starting practice?
- Why will clients trust me with Supreme Court work? How can a young lawyer get clients at the Supreme Court?
- I want to work in a litigation firm or disputes practice of a big firm – how should I go about the process? Will learning Supreme Court work be more beneficial than, say trial court work?
- Is filing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) a worthwhile strategy to obtain clients?
- How should I identify worthwhile issues to file PILs?
- How can I find a potential client for it? What kind of research and data is needed to improve the likelihood of success in filing a PIL?
- Can I file a PIL in the High Court? What are the pros and cons of filing in the High Court vs. Supreme Court?
- How to build credibility after filing PILs so that I can get more clients and work
- How should I prepare for the Advocate-on-Record exam? What is it like? How difficult is it to crack it?
- What is the syllabus and question paper pattern like? What is the best way to study the different subjects for the AOR Exam – drafting, leading cases, professional ethics and practice and procedure?
- What is the right time to start studying for the exam? How and where to practice mocks from? How can I measure progress?
Who is this for
- Young lawyers who want to explore building a Supreme Court practice, or work with a Senior Advocate or an Advocate-on-Record at the Supreme Court
- Law students who want to build a career in litigation and who want to know more about various opportunities and career pathways
You can register for the supreme court bootcamp by clicking on the link below: https://bit.ly/3wlIPxc
We guarantee you that what you will learn in this bootcamp is not available anywhere else, both online and offline.