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Law as a Profession

15 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2011  

Justice (R) Dr. Munir Ahmad Mughal

Punjab University Law College; Superior Law College

Date Written: September 24, 2011


The paper is a guideline for those who enter the profession of law and start their independent practice.An advocate is a person who supports or speaks in favour of a cause, policy, or person. He is a person who pleads for another person in a cause or lis or case in a Court of law. The person who engages an advocate to plead for him in the court of law in a case is called “the client” and the advocate so engaged is called his pleader or counsel or advocate. The matter, the cause in the court is called a “lis.” The sheet giving details of the matters pending in a court of law for hearing and the serial number of their call and the stage at which those are showing names of the parties and their counsel is called a “Cause List.”

An advocate is thus a person who stands by his client and speaks on his behalf concerning the cause pending before a court of law. An advocate is a person authorized by his client by means of a power of attorney to appear on his behalf and plead his case.

To become an advocate one is to pass his graduation in any discipline and then pass the examination of Batchelor of Laws (LL.B) from a recognized university and then apply for becoming a member of the bar Council and the bar association. For this purposes six months training is necessary to get the license to practice in the District Judiciary and 2 years practice in lower courts to become an advocate of the High Court of a Province. Thereafter if a person is to become a Supreme Court Advocate he must have a standing of at least 15 years as a practicing lawyer in the High Court.

An Advocate whether he is to practice as a lawyer at Civil or Criminal Courts at District & Sessions level, or at High Court of the Province level or the Supreme Court level he is to have the following necessary tools: 1. An office. 2. Staff. 3. Library. 4. Stationary 5. Clientele. 6. Conveyance. 7. Sound health.

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Mughal, Justice (R) Dr. Munir Ahmad, Law as a Profession (September 24, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Munir Ahmad Mughal (Contact Author)

Punjab University Law College ( email )

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Superior Law College

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