Law

One of the oldest career options in India is Law. During the British Raj lawyers were known as Barristers. Right from Mahatma Gandhi to Dr Rajendra Prasad, almost all leaders were lawyers. As a career Law is very rewarding.

A lawyer has diverse career options. One can specialize in any of the branches like civil, criminal, corporate, taxation, labour, cyber, intellectual property, international laws, etc, depending on interest. Apart from practicing law in the Courts, a lawyer can also find respectable employment in corporate management and academics.

Avenues for you:

  •        Practice Law in Courts
  •        Corporate Management
  •        Academics

 

Practice Law in Courts:  Practicing law in the courts is indeed a very exciting career option. Clients would come to you with a variety of problems expecting you to find a permanent solution through legal means.

For this you need to specialize in any of the several subsections of law like criminal law to handle criminal cases, family law for family matters like marriages and divorces, patent law, corporate or company laws, etc.

Qualifications: LLB

Institutes:

  •        Faculty of Law, Delhi University
  •        National Law School, Bangalore
  •        Benaras Hindu University
  •        Aligarh Muslim University

Duration: 3 Years for degree and 5 years for an integrated programme.

Eligibility: 10+2 in any stream, need to qualify national law entrance exam, CLAT (Combined Law Admission Test)

Aptitude: basic logical reasoning & general knowledge.

Career options: you can begin your career as an intern or assist a senior advocate in a legal firm. You can also start independent practice in any lower court or high court.

Government Counsel: If you are looking for a stable and regular source of income, try to become a Public Prosecutor and earn a regular salary. For this one need to clear the Additional Public Prosecutor exams conducted by the respective state governments.

Judge: Exams are conducted by the state governments for the post of Additional Metropolitan Judge. One can appear for this exam just after completion of LLB exams, even without any prior experience.

For the post of Additional District Judge exams are being conducted by the state government. However, the eligibility for this exam is 35 years of age and 7 years of work experience.

Appointed of High Court Judges is via nomination by the Parliament of India. For this the minimum experience required is 10 years. The High Court Judges are eventually promoted to the Supreme Court of India as Judges. The senior most judge of the Supreme Court is nominated by the Parliament to the post of Chief Justice of India.

Advocate on Records: This is just a certification one earns by clearing an exam conducted by the Supreme Court of India. The eligibility for this exam is 4 years practice and 1 year training under another AOR who has a standing or experience of 10 years. This certification enables you to file any case in the Supreme Court of India in your name. It is not necessary for practice in any other court of law.

Starting remuneration: Rs 10,000 to Rs,15,000 per month.

Challenges: Sometimes it might be difficult to get clients. It’s difficult to establish oneself as an independent legal practitioner.

But you will love your job because: once you establish yourself as a lawyer, you can earn handsomely for each case. Moreover for independent lawyers, there is no retirement age.

 

Corporate Management: Every corporate house needs to address legal issues for smooth functioning of the organization. So, they have a legal department to address the issues of patent rights, taxation policies, cyber crime, labour laws, etc. where they employ law graduates with specialization in any of these areas.

Qualifications: LLB (specialization in corporate laws, cyber laws, intellectual property laws, etc).

Institutes:

  •        Faculty of Law, Delhi University
  •        National Law School, Bangalore
  •        Benaras Hindu University
  •        Aligarh Muslim University

Duration: 3 Years for degree and 5 years for an integrated programme.

Eligibility: 10+2 in any stream, need to qualify national law entrance exam, CLAT (Combined Law Admission Test)

Aptitude: basic logical reasoning & general knowledge.

Career options: You can seek employment in any of the multinational corporations or any business organization as a Legal Officer.  

Starting remuneration: Rs 30,000 to Rs,35,000 per month.

Challenges: You need to be well versed with the nitty-gritty of the country’s legal system, taxation policies, etc, as you are appointed by the organization to keep it clear from all legal hassles.

But you will love your job because: You can expect a very good pay package and struggle less to make a good career as compared to independent practitioners.

 

Academics: A lawyers can also get into teaching law in a law college. These days with the advent of my private institutions and universities, it has become much easier to get jobs in teaching as the rules for appointment in the private sector are not as stringent as the government sector.

If you are looking for appointment in a government college, you need to clear NET (National Eligibility Test) conducted by the University.

A doctoral degree (PhD) is always advisable if you plan to be in the teaching line whether private or government sector.

Qualifications: LLB followed by LLM with specialization in any branch of law.

Institutes:

  •        Faculty of Law, Delhi University
  •        National Law School, Bangalore
  •        Benaras Hindu University
  •        Aligarh Muslim University, etc.

Duration: 3 Years for degree and 5 years for an integrated programme, 2 years post-graduation.

Eligibility: 10+2 in any stream, need to qualify national law entrance exam, CLAT (Combined Law Admission Test)

Aptitude: basic logical reasoning & general knowledge.

Career options: You can seek employment in any government or private college.

Starting remuneration: Rs 30,000 to Rs,35,000 per month.

Challenges: You are expected to have good knowledge of the subject as you would be training future lawyers. So, a lot of studying is required.

But you will love your job because: It’s a very stable job and gives a lot of intellectual satisfaction job.

 

 

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