What makes cyber law an exciting career option is the fact that it’s evolving every day, thanks to new and interesting developments in cyberspace. Those interested in taking up cyber law as their profession need to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.
Pavan Duggal, an advocate who has specialised in the field is of the view that this is a niche profession and provides immense opportunities of learning and growth. “It is an extremely interesting field,” he says.
“There are many challenges in this profession. One of the biggest challenges is that you have to constantly keep updating your knowledge. Given the fact that cyber legal jurisprudence is constantly evolving, one needs to be aware of developments across the world. Further, this profession is extremely demanding and requires immense hard work and patience,” says Duggal.
A candidate preparing to become a cyber lawyer needs to supplement his basic LLB by taking up training in web-related processes, technical aspects of computers, communication devices and the internet space.
“It helps to take up a specialised course in cyber law. There are various institutions that provide online ­programmes on various aspects of cyber law. These programmes and other additional courses help you understand the nuances of cyber law,” says Duggal.
So, if a student is industrious, hard-working and has a good understanding of technology, he can try his hand at this profession.
“You need a lot of patience in order to be a successful cyber lawyer. You must have great research skills that allow you to understand and keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of technology,“ says Duggal, who has to his credit several firsts in this field. These include drafting and arguing India’s first case on cyber defamation and representing the complainant in India’s first cyber crime conviction.
“India needs more cyber lawyers as it is an evolving field. I believe that in the times to come, there will be more demand for cyber lawyers,” he adds.
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