Mini-Pupillages and other bar related experiences
I attained my first practical vision on legal profession from Barrister Tafiq Nawaz, who is a senior Advocate of the Honourable Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Under his supreme supervision I acquired an extensive knowledge on procedural and substantive law of our country, especially in relation to criminal matters. Being a famous criminal practitioner, he provided me with a thorough idea on criminal court procedure of Bangladesh. Now following these experiences, I had the opportunity to do a legal research on accused’s right to bail. In our country bail is granted in two categories- as it depends on whether the accused has committed bailable offence or non-bailable offence. For bailable offences it is assumed that under section 496 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC) an accused will normally be granted bail. However, as far as non-bailable offences are concerned it will depend on whether there are reasonable grounds for believing that he has been guilty of an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life.
However, initially, as a novice in the firm, my primary assignments were taking dictation, drafting, taking notes of relevant cases and judgments from various case law journals. Then I also had to gather relevant case references and collect supporting evidence for the research purposes of assigned cases. In addition, close observation of my seniors’ approach and manners immensely helped me to develop my ideas on client conferring skills.
Later, I got the privilege to accompany the other senior lawyers in the court rooms. There I have noticed how legal rules are put into practice by the competent lawyers. Their immaculate understanding of different legal aspects and confident submission immensely inspired me. While assisting my seniors in courtrooms, I came to know that there are two ways to initiate criminal proceedings in Bangladesh. One of them is by way of lodging FIR (First Information Report) before the Officer in charge of Police Station. The other prominent way, which I had an experience, is by way of filing a petition before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. In addition, I had the opportunity to observe a litigation in relation to section 145 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of Bangladesh, where our client, being a tenant filed the case in the Court of first Magistrate against his landlord for the apprehension of breach of peace arising out of a dispute.
It is to be mentioned that, different interactions with the clients, seniors and lawyers were one of the major gains from my pupillage. Moreover, I got an informed view of the lawyer’s professional life by this exposure. Lastly, I would affirm that I wish to explore more paradigms of this profession through my continuous involvement.
Reason for choice of carrier:
From my very early age, my mother instilled in me the fire to be a success at whatever I had done. She overcame great hardships, yet she always encouraged me to never give up. She could not give me much in terms of material things, but she raised me with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, which I think is the greatest gift she has ever given to me. With the practical teachings outlined in the book, it immensely helped me to energise my life and gave myself the initiative needed to carry out my ambitions and hopes. It also inspired me to believe in myself and in everything I do and built in me a new power of determination and the power to reach my goals. Therefore, this made me less subordinate and hence self-dependent. Now when it came down to choose my career I was looking for a profession which would effusively complement this nature and personality of mine. While considering I found out that law is one of the very few professions which demonstrates my persona. Through my different experiences of life, I developed leadership and social skills and became more authoritarian as a person. I discovered myself being more critical than my contemporary friends and peers and this was made evident during my several successful appearances in debating competitions. These appearances, over the years, constructed me to be more argumentative, competitive and aggressive in nature. Quite evidently, all these attributes define a person as a lawyer than any other professionals, and hence provided a profound backing for choosing legal profession. However, at the same time I believed that it was just not about complementing my persona rather I also must accommodate passion for my profession, as I believe my passion is the source of my strength and energy and creativity and if harnessed and channeled properly, it will bring out the best in me.
I have seen people at their best and worst. I have seen innocent people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Good people sometimes find themselves in difficult, even desperate, circumstances. Everyone makes mistakes and many deserve a second chance. The weak and disadvantaged people need protection from the rich and powerful. Deserving individuals become victims of incompetence and ignorance or fall through bureaucratic crack. All these insights inserted a demand for justice in me and made me sound against wrongs, which then transposed into my passion, and hence I felt that it is only through legal profession I would be able to serve my potentials and pride. More than any other profession, I will be exposed to people who have suffered injustices. I will get to know many of them personally. I will feel what they feel. They would be real people and what I do will affect their lives, sometimes in dramatic ways. Their cause will become my cause and I will have the opportunity to become a passionate representative of their rights.
Considering all these insights I had a very few options but to choose legal profession as my preferred carrier. Hence I joined University of London in 2004 and since then have been successfully conducting my academic life and now in the verge of finishing my Hons in this year.
Evidence of intellectual ability:
My academic life exhibits some evidence of my intellectual abilities. When I was in grade 8, I was awarded junior scholarship by National Education Board of Bangladesh. This scholarship examination was highly competitive since students from different corners of the country came to participate in subjects such as history, science and general knowledge. Therefore, this achievement truly established my competence in academic arena.
In addition, I featured regularly in school and college magazines both as an editor and free lance writer. My writings mainly covered major historical incidents such as, wars and revolutions, important inventions along with contributions of some of the most influential characters of all time. Through my writings I wanted to convey the message that every history manifests peoples’ courage and wisdom and at the same their idiocies and hence it is the history from which we should receive our guidance.
I always gravely valued my writing skills and this led me to write my first article in relation to legal matters in 2006 when one of my articles was approved by ‘Law and Practice’, a popular legal journal. The article contained a detail discussion on Indira Gandhi Assassination case. In my article I spotted some of the valid objections raised by the defendants in the case. One of the major objections was that since the trial was held in jail hence it contravened one of the constitutional guarantees of open and public trial protected under Article 21 of Constitution of India.
Last year I wrote another legal article, this time in a daily newspaper namely ‘New Age’, regarding Corporate Transparency. In my editorial (Cry for Corporate Transparency), I proposed my demand for more corporate transparency and accountability, specifically in relation to tax payment and sanctions of loans. In addition, I also advocated for strong legal reforms regarding corporate affairs so to make corporate sector of our society more effective and accountable.
It is to be mentioned that legal study under University of London has brought a broader perspective in my accepted wisdom. In my 3rd year (Scheme-B) LLB examinations, I scored highest (69%) in Administrative Law among the Bangladeshi examinees. This illustrated the achievements that I gained throughout the academic life and thereafter developed my intellectual capabilities.
4. Interpersonal skills:
In the span of my academic and professional life I have got the opportunity to socialise myself with different walks of people. I always make use of my openness while I talk and this gives me the platform of communication. This platform over the years has helped me to establish a good network of friendship and trust within my contemporary peers and superiors. Also because of my friendly and cooperative attitude I always have been recalled as the mediator among my friends, family and students. Also because of popularity among my University fellow mates, I was elected as the student councilor twice during my study at IUB (Independent University Bangladesh).
Also from my childhood, I have this sharp observation ability to read other peoples’ attitude by indentifying their criteria of behaviour. This is something that I have always found interesting since among those people some of them are very common, some abnormal, some acceptable, and some outside acceptable limits. This helps me to demonstrate their understanding and so to communicate with them in a more specific way.
While doing my BBA graduation in IUB, I had the opportunity to undergo a course named ‘Living Field Experience’ (LFE). During LFE, I had to visit some of the rural areas of the country in order to analyse the cultural, social and economic environment of the rural area. For the analysis, therefore, I had to secure a profound interaction with the rural people and this I achieved through my understanding of their way of thinking and customary lifestyles which I found out quite different from urban people. These interactions played an immense role in improving my interpersonal skills.
When I got myself appointed in F.A.R Ltd., a manufacturer of readymade garments, as Sales Officer, the scope of developing my interpersonal traits has increased further. I worked with people having diverse social, cultural and national backgrounds. Hence my way of communication had to be varied in accordance with their diversified temperament. In addition, my persuasive nature at times helped me to convince foreign investors to place orders.
Advocacy and Public speaking:
I always felt that I have this aptitude to relate my thoughts and ideas clearly and efficiently in a manner that inspires the listener to see things from my point of view. Hence, this has made me an enthusiastic and passionate speaker as I am always out there to prove my point. While I speak I always facilitate confidence and precision and this set me in motion to become an effective orator. This is in fact evident from my several successful appearances in different form of debates and seminars, which earned me several acknowledgements during my school and college life. In addition, since it takes one’s profound interest and pleasure to speak naturally in front of huge crowd and hence I was always preferred for hosting in several cultural programmes organized by my school. Besides during my college life, once I had the privilege to speak on the life of creative genius Rabindranath tagore. In my speech I pointed out the crucial role he played in the cultural renaissance of India and Bengal in the 19th and early 20th Century. I also drew attention to his famous refusal of knighthood in protest over the massacre at Amritsar.
My credibility in public speaking was also flourished during my student life at IUB, as I had to make a regular ‘term paper’ presentation in front of the whole class on several issues including credit appraisal process of Banks, critical analysis on customer behaviour and many more. On every occasion my presentation skill was highly appreciated by my teachers and class mates.
I was also involved in a seminar held by F.A.R. limited where I had to keep a speech and make a representation for promoting the quality of different lines of our threads and knit wears. As I needed to convince our foreign buyers to invest therefore, alongside my speech, I also used multimedia projectors to provide them with a vision of our efficient manufacturing set up.
Also, recently, along with some law students we formed the first English Law students association in Bangladesh known as ELSAB (English Law Students Association of Bangladesh). In the inaugural ceremony of the association I was given a unique opportunity to introduce the goals and objectives of ELSAB in front of some of the distinguished personalities of our legal system including Judges from Honourable Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In the introductory speech I pointed out the importance of brotherhood and unity among the law students of our country and their contribution to the society.
Personal organizational skills:
I always try to make effective use of my time as it takes some planning and coordination and hence it is an invaluable skill. I always try to give maximum effort within limited span of time and hence I have to put my everyday dealings in order. I have been an avid list-maker all my life out of necessity as I make sure that I tackle the largest or most disliked job first, dividing it up into manageable tasks. Then the other jobs will be a breeze. In addition I am always proactive in handling my daily stressors that helps me to stay organized and live an enjoyable daily life.
My day starts very early as I have to make sure that I make it to the office on time. Since my job is all about attending clients therefore initially I have to sort out the urgent and important affairs so that the later parts of my dealings get trouble-free. While attending my clients I ensure that I give them adequate time and space. Moreover, since I have been dealing with clients for some time now, therefore I have become quite familiar with their queries and so before attending them I put those remarks in the projection display so that they can be made pleased with less effort. I also quite frequently use email and voice mail to be always in touch with my clients and colleagues and thus it saves my valuable time.
Last year apart from working in F.A.R. Ltd I also needed to allocate sufficient time for my chamber work. While working in the chamber I had to maintain a strict discipline regarding the submission of my distributed tasks. However, rather being impatient I always adopted diligence and care while dealing with the tasks and hence was always on time and accurate with the submission.
I also utilized my personal organizational skills in my daily study. I always keep daily schedule forms to delegate the amount of time needed for the most important study priorities. Since syllabus of University of London demands an extensive learning hence I always have to make sure that I have the right materials and then I sort them out in the light of past questions. This practice helps me to be relevant and effective all the time and at the same time saves my time as I can easily leave out the irrelevant topics.
Nevertheless, apart from regular studies I have also given myself enough opportunity to explore new ideas and thoughts through internet access and British Council membership. At the same time I also make sure that I include some personal time for entertainment.
M.L Tower, 1 Rampura, Dhaka-1217…
My first professional entry into the corporate arena took place when I joined in the Sales and Marketing Department as Sales Officer in F.A.R Ltd. It is mainly a Ready made Garments export oriented concern. The job responsibilities have sharpened my face to face customer handling, business communication and persuasiveness. Furthermore, I have attained a certain level of expertise in negotiation and effective people management by coming across with a large number of people having different professional and cultural backgrounds and commercial interest. All these activities certainly helped me to develop my interpersonal skills. Along with individual development I have also learned to achieve assigned targets by working in a team concept. I am hopeful that this experience would be really useful for my future career.
Reason for choosing ICSL (1st)
The City Law School, would lead the stroke of first preference for any law student, applying for Bar Vocational Course (BVC), as it has achieved global reputation for innovative teaching style and excellent training facilities. Several important factors influenced my decision for choosing the City Law School. It is imperative to indicate that before reaching to the final decision I have been collecting information through consulting with the intuitions’ websites, alumni and legal professionals, and simultaneously considering and evaluating all the pertinent aspect and intuition, it seems to me that, the City Law School is the leading Bar Vocational Course (BVC) provider, as it has established a long enviable legacy towards legal professional skills training. The school includes legal legends in its heritage such as Lords Phillips, Bingham, Goff, Hobhouse and Hoffmann. Being the pioneer of the BVC providers, it has renowned pool of faculties who are distinguished academicians and leading practitioners some of whom have even served as Judges. The school has list of the alumni from all over the Globe, which includes many judges, Queen’s Counsel and distinguished academics. Some of them are most admired political leaders like, immediate past British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Mahatma Gandhi, M.A. Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Another attracting factor is of course the City Law School’s prime location in London city. The school’s premises are surrounded by barristers’ chambers and many leading firms of solicitors. It also possesses a unique legal environment with all of the four Inns of Court are within its walking distance. The location also makes the famous Royal Courts of Justice easily accessible to the emerging lawyers. This certainly would be a perfect environment for me since it will produce more devotion to my study.
The school has achieved excellence in legal professional training through the quality training and personal attention to the students. They also provide an excellent Pupillage Advisory Service, with one-to-one advice sessions and annual Pupillage Fair. The Pro Bono opportunities offered by the City Law School also remark its true standard and every student at the the City Law School is given the opportunity to volunteer for Pro Bono work. This certainly will enable me to acquire practical legal knowledge in depth.
As a Bangladeshi the opportunity of living in a cosmopolitan city such as London attracts me as there is a large Bangladeshi community in the City which will make me find myself in a friendly and familiar environment. Apart from that it is and will remain an envying opportunity for an overseas student to live in London, a city of grave educational importance with a rich and diverse culture. Considering all these attributes I have chosen the City Law School as my preferred destiny to do BVC. Hence, it would be a great achievement for me if my application could be considered competent enough to secure a place in this reputed institution.
Reason for choosing 2nd the College of Law:
The College of Law (COL) would lead the stroke of preference for any law student, applying for Bar Vocational Course (BVC), as it has a strong national and international reputation for highest excellence in legal training. Its strong reputation for legal training is very alluring, which focused on life in practice, not just legal theory. As evidence of the paramount academic excellence, COL became first independent institution to be given the power to award full degree. Moreover, its unique approach for student, by providing quality teaching, standard facilities, friendly and supportive atmosphere are the main features that its former students have spoken of while recommending COL to me as the possible choice for the BVC. They also remarked the practically designed training programme which includes practitioner evenings, mock trials, court visits, negotiating and advocacy and a Tribunal Representation Service. These features demonstrate College’s aptitude in high standard legal training which inevitably influences me of being part of this great Institution.
The College of Law has a renowned pool of faculties who are distinguished academicians and leading practitioners. Courses are intended by these distinguished people, with an accent on building the practical skills, commercial awareness, independent thinking and to create personal affiliation with them for a successful career. Moreover, the College has achieved excellence in legal professional training through the quality training and personal attention to the students. The college’s premises are surrounded by barristers’ chambers and many leading firms of solicitors all over the Globe. It also possesses a unique legal environment with all of the four Inns of Court are within its walking distance. This certainly would be a perfect environment for me since it will produce more devotion to my study.
As a Bangladeshi the opportunity of living in a cosmopolitan city such as London attracts me as there is a large Bangladeshi community in the City which will make me find myself in a friendly and familiar environment. Apart from that it is and will remain an envying opportunity for an overseas student to live in London, a city of grave educational importance with a rich and diverse culture. Considering all these attributes I have chosen the College of Law as my preferred destiny to do BVC. Hence, it would be a great accomplishment for me if my application could be considered enough to secure a place within the contemplation of this great institution.
Reason for choosing the MMU 3rd :
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) would lead the stroke of preference for any law student, applying for Bar Vocational Course (BVC), as it has a strong national and international reputation for excellence in legal training. As being a LLM student of University of Manchester I personally visited MMU and also be informed by the current student. Its strong reputation for legal training is very alluring, which focused on life in practice, not just legal theory. As evidence of the paramount academic excellence, General Council of Bar of England and Wales has unconditionally re validated MMU for the full six-year term. Moreover, its unique approach for student providing quality teaching, standard facilities, friendly and supportive atmosphere are the main features that its former and current student have spoken of while recommending MMU to me as the possible choice for the BVC. They also remarked the practically designed training programme which includes practitioner evenings, mock trials, court visits, negotiating and advocacy and fact management and legal research. In addition, MMU is one of those BVC providers which can offer the facilities of a complete university to its BVC students. These features demonstrate MMU’s aptitude in high standard legal training which inevitably influences me of being part of this great Institution.
The Manchester Metropolitan University has a renowned pool of faculties who are distinguished academicians and leading practitioners. Courses are designed by these distinguished people, with an accent on building the practical skills, commercial awareness, independent thinking and to create personal affiliation with them for a successful career. Moreover, the University has achieved excellence in legal professional training through the quality training and personal attention to the students. The University’s also possesses extensive links with the legal profession, like leading barristers’ chambers and many leading firms of solicitors all over the Globe. Most fascinatingly, MMU offers a great campus atmosphere with superb facilities in a lively, community environment. This certainly would be a perfect environment for me since it will produce more devotion to my study. Considering all these attributes, I have chosen the Manchester Metropolitan University as my preferred destiny to do BVC. Hence, it would be a great accomplishment for me if my application could be considered enough to secure a place within the contemplation of this great institution.