Bhopal: Referring to numerous private companies facing prosecution for violation of laws, Justice AK Patnaik said a thinking had developed amongst some sections of legal practitioners and law officers that their job is to advise their clients or their employers how best to evade the law. Such advice may benefit the client or employer in short run but it is bound to bring in disastrous consequences for clients as well as the society in long run.

In fifth convocation of National Law Institute University ( NLIU) of Bhopal on Saturday, the Supreme Court Judge, justice Patnaik said there have been many instances in the recent past of some private companies and their employees facing prosecution for gross violations of law despite the fact that the companies had the best of legal brains to advise and guide the management in matters involving law. Had the legal personnel employed in such companies advised and guided the managements correctly, the prosecution could have been avoided.

Exhorting law graduates to continue their study even after joining the profession, justice Patnaik said to succeed in the profession or in employment; study of law has to continue. This is because in a changing society, law does not remain static. Environment law could be an example in this regard.

The Supreme Court judge said opportunities for law graduates today are vast and varied. Law practice is no longer confined to the traditional criminal, civil, service and tax matters. With restructuring that has taken place in economy, new areas of practice have opened in electricity, telecom, admission in private professional colleges and competition law. Chief justice of Madhya Pradesh high court justice SA Bobde presided over the function.

NLIU director Dr SS Singh delivered progress report. He said the institute was ranked first in academic and infrastructure facility and second in placement in all national law schools. Chief guests gave away medals and degrees to 2007 batch of BALLB students and 2010 batch of LLM. Divya Sharma bagged the gold medal for graduation and Smita Tripathi was awarded with gold medal for post graduation. Monika Raje was conferred with Ph D.

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