Who are you? A Mediator or A Mediation Lawyer?

Is it right time to know who is who, yet?

The Indian education system is bringing mediation as a mandatory subject in law schools. But have you decided – who do you wish to be in the mediation room? A Mediator? Or A Mediation Lawyer?

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Here, some differences in being a mediator and a mediation lawyer:

A mediation lawyer will give legal advice to his/her client, whereas a mediator doesn’t give any advice to anyone in the mediation room. (Of course, the job of a mediator will not be restricted to facilitating conversations but, no way it includes giving advice).

A mediation lawyer will represent and speak for his/ her client, whereas a mediator will speak all the parties in the mediation room. (Of course, the speaking authority will be defined beforehand).

A mediation lawyer will need to know the laws, whereas a mediator doesn’t need to know the laws. (Of course, knowing of laws is essential for every citizen).

What all of these means is: When Legal dispute is referred to Mediation, this process will take the role of mediation lawyer as very essential or even say as a requirement. However, Mediation doesn’t need lawyers.

Now on, mediation will be mandatory in law schools, while the management schools already have a subject for conflict management, and while the psychology schools already learn to be mediators.

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All of this highlights separate dots, it is for you to join the dots as per your career and role choices.

My choices, I am a lawyer, also enrolled in the Bar. I know how to read & interpret laws, but I don’t call myself a practicing Advocate. I chose to be a mediator, after understanding my skills, interests, passion and preference. Also, I don’t practice as a mediation lawyer.

#mediation #lawyer #career #role

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