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Cyber law is an emerging discipline of law which deals with ­legalities concerning activities in the digital and mobile ­ecosystem.

education Updated: Aug 20, 2013 17:03 IST
Hindustan Times
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The lowdown

Cyber law is an emerging discipline of law which deals with ­legalities concerning activities in the digital and mobile ­ecosystem. Cyber lawyers give advice on ­legalities ­concerning ­electronic format, online contracts, matters of ­contraventions and cyber crime. they also advise clients on legal aspects ­concerning social media, issues pertaining to electronic ­evidence, domain name disputes, protection and ­preservation of intellectual ­property rights in cyber space. Issues related to data protection and ­privacy are also handled by cyber ­lawyers. They could engage either in legal practice or work as in-house ­counsels in the companies. As the number of crimes such as hacking, money transfer frauds etc through the ­internet ­increases, cyber law as a career is increasingly gaining ­importance. Those wanting to go for cyber law should be adept at handling computers and should always be updated on the ­latest developments in their field.

Daily schedule of a cyber law expert would depend on the kind of work he/she is involved in. In case, if a cyber lawyer is into litigation, work would involve going to court for ­litigation and prosecution. After returning from the court, he/she would work on legalities concerning electronic format and client’s issues. In case the cyber lawyer is involved as a legal professional or as an ­in-house counsel by a company, he would be doing a regular nine to five job where he would be looking at the ­various legalities pertaining to the electronic business operations and activities done by the companies and its employees. He/she would also have to ensure compliance with the legal requirements

The ­payoff
A graduate could expect anything between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 35,000 per month. A full-time ­in-house counsel could earn Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000 per month. The fee increases depending on the person’s experience

* Ability to understand technology
* Orientation concerning ­information technology and use of computers
* Good information-gathering skills
* Good time management skills
* Good communication skills, should have the a bility to liaise effectively between the police and the victim of the crime and make them understand how the crime was committed

Getting there
You should have a degree in law. For this, you can do a five-year ­integrated law course after Class 12 from any law university/law college, or a three-year law course after graduation. Once a person has graduated in law, he/she then needs to specialise in cyber law

Institutes and URLs
* Indian Law Institute, New Delhi;
* Nalsar University of Law, Secunderabad;
* Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi;
* Faculty of Law, University of Delhi;

Pros and cons
* An exciting profession to be in
* Your pay distinctly increases with experience
* Requires long hours of work
* The issue of catching up with the developments often becomes tedious and cumbersome
* Constant use of computer systems has a direct impact upon eyes
* Cyber crimes are a fairly new ­phenomenon so work could be ­hampered due to lack of ­information related

Cyber law is a satisfying career. It challenges you to discover the unexplored facets of legalities concerning the use of the electronic and the digital ecosystems --- Pavan Duggal, senior advocate, Supreme Court

First Published: Aug 20, 2013 16:30 IST