Advocate's Day in India Date in the current year: December 3, 2016

Advocate's Day in India On December 3 every year, the lawyer community of India celebrates Advocate's Day. The holiday marks the birth anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India who also was a very eminent lawyer.

Rajendra Prasad was born on December 3, 1884. Having graduated from school, he studied at the Presidency College in Calcutta and the University of Calcutta. Initially Prasad was a science student. In 1907, he completed his M.A. in economics and began teaching.

In 1909, Prasad decided to pursue law studies. He completed his Bachelor in Law in 1910 and passed his Masters in Law in 1915, receiving a gold medal. The following year, Prasad joined the High Court of Bihar and Odisha. He also practiced law in the city of Bhagalpur.

Prasad's career as lawyer was quite lucrative, but in 1920 he decided to retire in order to aid the independence movement. Nevertheless, in 1937 he completed his Doctorate in Law, receiving a degree from Allahabad University.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was elected the first President of India in 1950, following the adoption of the constitution. Although real power belonged to Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister, Prasad advised the government and contributed to the development of education.

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