Career in Law
The legal profession in India has undergone a strategic and substantial change over the last few decades. Now-a-days the law aspirants not only figure themselves in courts but mark the presence in various corporate houses, law agencies, law firms, litigation, administrative services and many more.
Earlier it was seen that the law has become a family profession. The families had been choosing law as professions for generations. But the scene has changed today, anyone having the traits and passion for this field can opt for the course and could achieve what he has set for.
These days a significant change you can see and admire among the students. These students soon after their higher secondary schooling, start exploring for the career prospects. They are seen more curious and serious towards their career choices. It is an old proverb that an examinee is the best examiner, thereby a student aspiring for any profession knows it accordingly. You only need to have passion, patience and urge, else everything is dependent on your hard work.
We will help you to know this profession in a broader way.
Which Law course should I choose?
You can either pick a five-year integrated BA LLB course or a three-year LLB program. If you have qualified 10+2/higher secondary school examination/intermediate examination or equivalent and have an urge for legal field, you can look in for the five year integrated BA LLB course. Otherwise if you feel to join it after graduation, you can go for the LLB program after being graduated.
Five years integrated BA LLB course is an integrated degree for students whose objective is very clear. With this course, students will be able to focus more. Besides the theoretical knowledge, students are also given practical experience of court. Three years LLB program is a traditional degree course in law which students can pursue after having completed their Bachelors degree.
What are the Major Law exams I need to take?
The interested candidates who wish to take up Law as career need to qualify any of the entrance examinations listed below for admission in five years integrated law degree course:
CLAT- Common Law Admission Test, commonly known as CLAT is the national level law entrance exam. You can take this admission test to secure a seat in any of the 18 National Law Universities (NLUs).
AILET– National Law University, Delhi conducts a separate law entrance exam All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) for admissions to various law courses namely LLB and LLM courses.
HPNLET– Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla (HPNLU) conducts a separate law entrance exam Himachal Pradesh National Law Entrance Test (HPNLET) for admissions to various law courses namely LLB and LLM courses.
LSAT- Law School Admission Test, commonly known as LSAT is a standardized test of reading and verbal reasoning skills designed by the USA–based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by law schools in India.
SET Symbiosis- Symbiosis Entrance Test commonly known as SET is a common written test conducted for taking admission to undergraduate law programs offered by various institutes under Symbiosis International University.
ULSAT- UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test commonly known as ULSAT is conducted by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES). The competitive entrance test is conducted to grant admission to Bachelor of Laws (B.A. LLB) and LLB in Corporate Laws, Cyber Laws and Intellectual Property Rights.
How much shall I earn?
As regards remuneration, it depends upon the field a law graduate chooses. If one gets a job in a Govt. department, or in public sector or in a university or in any other organization where govt. rules are applicable he/she will be entitled to get emoluments as per pay scales prescribed by the Government from time to time. After acceptance of recommendations of 6th Pay Commission, Govt. servants are getting handsome salary, say between Rs. 20,000 and one lakh and above depending on the designation and nature of job. Now multinational companies and law firms have also started campus selections and have been offering annual packages between four and twelve lakhs as per the standing of the company. However, those who start practice of their own have to struggle in the early stage but their constant efforts may help them in reaching any heights and the sky is the limit. Further on, a lawyer’s income depends on factors such as reputation, expertise and kinds of cases handled. There are advocates who are said to charge Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 1 crore for one court appearance. Besides, law reporters, legal journalists, authors, writers and editors associated with reputed publications as also free-lancers have good earning.
Where shall I be able to make in?
After successful course completion, you can find yourself in any of the law firms, corporate houses, etc. You can practice as individual practitioner or a public prosecutor. It will depend on your interest as you grow up with the course of your choice.
We are listing some of the famed corporate and law firms:
- AS Dayal & Associates
- Advani & Co.
- Agarwal Law Associates
- Amarchand & Mangaldas & Sursh A. Shroff & Co.
- Anand & Anand
- Bhasin & Co.
- Bose & Mitra & Co.
- Bharucha & Associates
- Bharuch & Partners
- Bhasin & Co.
- Chitale & Chitale Partners
- De Penning & De Penning
- Dua Associates
- Fox Mandal
- Gandhi & Associates
- HSA Advocates
- India Juris
- Jehangir & Gullabbhai & BIlimoria & Daruwala
- Khaitan & Co.
- Lall & Sethi Advocates
- Little & Co.
- Luthra & Luthra
- Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
- Naik Naik & Co.
Are there any special Law traits?
As told you earlier that there are not as such special traits. These are the skills which you will develop as you grow up with the course in due course of time.
However a good lawyer must possess the following:
- Quick responsiveness
- Good orator
- Keen listener
- Flexible but attentive mind
- Out of the hat thinking ability
- Logical reasoning capability
- Presentable communication skills