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LPO: a case history

india Updated: Apr 01, 2008 01:37 IST
Snehal Rebello

"Why do you want to opt for something as dry and seemingly boring industry like Legal Process Outsourcing," my colleagues asked when I was excited to cover the sector three months back.

My prompt reply then was that it was newsy (to me), besides being sure that I was out of step in sectors like fashion and fitness. Moreover, sometime back, I had covered the LPO sector in a limited way. So not only was I familiar with the topic, but definitely wanted to know more. With the sector open to those pursuing law, it touched the right chord as well.

Having worked for three years in journalism, in 2006, I decided that I must study further. Since I have been slightly inclined towards law, I contemplated pursuing it - and fulfilling my father's dream too. With great enthusiasm and excitement, I went ahead and secured admission at the Advani Law College at Bandra. But the 7 am lectures offered me no motivation since work gets me home late and I end up crashing post midnight. I did not attend class even for a single day. I did not want to appear for the exams without attending class. Verdict? Well, I lost almost Rs 4,500 that I had paid as fees!

Working on this detailed article on Legal Process Outsourcing, I felt perhaps, I would have been better off if I had studied law. For the sector is expanding and booming and there is good money, even at the entry level. Thankfully these feelings have been momentary, darting in and out - courtesy the kind of work I am involved in. If I worked in a law office - that is a big If, I can't see myself walking into office at 9 am (journalism calls for flexi hours), sitting in front of the flat screen working on drafting contracts, reviewing them, et al. All this devoid of people interaction to the extent I am involved in right now. No thanks!

For the present, I am happy doing what I have for the last five years. While there is some regret for not studying law, there definitely isn't any feeling for not considering LPO as a career option. For, where would I have met such interesting characters and personalities that I do almost every second day as a journalist? I am sure dad won't be happy too read this. Well, I am, for doing what I love.