Q. Careers as a police or law officer?

Answer: As a lawyer, you have to continuously read, keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest happenings the world over. Apart from legal knowledge, you should be capable of quick thinking and logical reasoning, both rounded off with a thick finishing coat of self-confidence and excellent communication skills.

If you choose law you can be a lawyer, solicitor, advocate or a legal executive. Of course you can also become a judge after years of experience. Solicitors only prepare the paper work while an advocate represents the case before the judge. A legal executive works for a corporate firm and acts on behalf of the firm.

Apart from these activities, lawyers also vet contracts between parties, corporate or individual, advise on transfer of technology law, corporate mergers and acquisitions, oversee statutory adherence, legal compliance, etc. They handle matters related to property, insurance, taxation, contract, etc.

A police officer's basic tasks are keeping public order and protecting lives and property. This covers investigating crimes, patrolling streets, regulating traffic, etc. You will also be called to help in times of natural calamity like floods, cyclone, aircraft, rail accidents, etc.