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Where dynasty rocks: Nepotism is serious not just in politics and Bollywood, but also in the legal profession

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14.09.2017

At the University of California, Berkeley two days ago, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that all of India runs on dynasties. Earlier, social media had crackled following Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan’s alleged joke on nepotism in Bollywood, at the IIFA awards ceremony.

This article is about the legal profession, which continues to be a bastion of a few privileged and powerful families. Be they advocates or judges, there is a trend whereby the children and grandchildren of senior advocates and judges continue to thrive while first generation lawyers find the entry barriers extremely high and the chances of success tilted against them.

This is not to say that no first generation lawyers join or thrive in the legal profession – there are enough who prove that this can be done. However, no one who is part of the legal profession can deny the absence of a level playing field between first generation lawyers and those who come from a family of legal professionals.

Illustration: Chad Crowe

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