Big opportunities beckon young graduates in law, says Supreme Court Judge

newer areas of litigation were emerging where a conventional approach may not work and there are big opportunities for women, says Justice M.M. Sundresh

Updated - April 06, 2024 08:34 pm IST

Published - April 06, 2024 08:33 pm IST - TIRUCHI

Supreme Court Judge M.M. Sundresh presents degree certificate and medals to a student at the convocation of the Tamil Nadu National Law University in Tiruchi on Saturday. TNNLU Chancellor and Madras High Court Chief Justice S.V. Gangapurwala and Pro-Chancellor and Law Minister S. Regupathy are seen.

Supreme Court Judge M.M. Sundresh presents degree certificate and medals to a student at the convocation of the Tamil Nadu National Law University in Tiruchi on Saturday. TNNLU Chancellor and Madras High Court Chief Justice S.V. Gangapurwala and Pro-Chancellor and Law Minister S. Regupathy are seen. | Photo Credit: M. MOORTHY

The legal profession is going through rapid changes and opportunities are aplenty for young advocates in new and emerging fields, said Justice M.M. Sundresh, Judge, Supreme Court, here on Saturday.

Delivering the convocation address at the Tamil Nadu National Law University here, Justice Sundresh said new areas of litigation were emerging where a conventional approach may not work. There were big opportunities for young lawyers, especially women.

Emphasising the role of lawyers, he said that lawyers were social engineers as they dealt with and addressed the malaise in society. “The law is your tool; your knowledge of law and its applications can bring in changes in society,” he said.

Advocacy is not a mere profession, it is calling, a vocation, and a solemn duty. The art of advocacy is at the heart of the legal profession. “As a lawyer, you have a responsibility to the client, your opponent, and the court. Every case is a journey towards truth. Your advocacy plays an important role in bringing out the truth and help the court come to a right decision by marshalling the facts. You have to understand the case thoroughly and apply the law correctly,” Justice Sundresh told the graduands.

He urged the young lawyers to develop creativity and understand the difference between logic and law. “Although you have a tough job to do, hard work pays. Never be disheartened and lose confidence due to issues such as lack of mastery over language, which is just a medium of communication,” he told the graduands.

Justice Sanjay Vijaykumar Gangapurwala, Chief Justice of Madras High Court and Chancellor, and TNNLU, S. Regupathy, Minister for Law, were present.

V. Nagaraj, Vice-Chancellor, TNNLU, presented the annual report.

Fifty-two B.A., LL.B (Hons), an equal number of B. Com., LL.B (Hons) and 12 LL.M. graduands received their degrees on the occasion.

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