Law As A Career

Law has become a career which gives you name, fame, money and a possible in-route to politics.

Of late, law has become a promising career option. Gone are the days when lawyers were limited to courtrooms. Modern lawyers feature in magazines and newsrooms. Law has become a career which gives you name, fame, money and a possible in-route to politics.

It is better to start early and for that law colleges have designed five year courses where you join right after 12th. The five year B.A.LLB course hone your writing, reading and speaking skills in connection with the subjects you opts for.

Yes, in addition to the traditional branches such as civil, criminal, corporate, taxation, labour and election law, there are new areas, including space, cyber, intellectual property, and international laws, that a person can specialise in.

Some colleges have designed the courses accordingly and have BScLLB (science), BBALLB (business/commerce), and BALLB (Arts) as their course offering.

A fresh independent lawyer earns “zero to Rs. 15,000” a month in litigation. While firms have fewer vacancies, good candidates get noticed in courts and/or are picked by seniors. 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

The skills which are generally looked for are good communication skills, quick responsiveness, excellent memory, open flexible mind, good authoritative leadership qualities, logical reasoning, good listening and powerful oratorical skills, out-of-the-box thinking ability, knowledge of all statutes, rules and regulations, and notifications, and last but not the least, patience – for some cases can drag on endlessly.

Those who have completed graduation need not lose heart as they can opt for a three-year LLB programme.

Admission to these courses is usually through a written competition, such as the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). After 12th you can sit for CLAT. For three year programme one has to fill individual college forms and go through the test process for admission.

Institutes and URLs

* National Law School of India University, Bangalore

* NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

* University of Delhi

* Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

* Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

* Panjab University, Chandigarh

* Government Law College, Mumbai

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