Law is one of the most sought after professions in India as a degree in law not only lets you practice as a lawyer but it also opens up your career to sectors like corporate management, legal and administrative services. The field of law has undergone one of the sharpest face-lifts ever from what it was a dacade ago. The version of a modern lawyer is one of a well sharp and well paid professionals, whose identity has overreached the court rooms to the corridors of corporate power houses and international organisations. Earlier students had limited choice to specialise in either civil or criminal laws. However,this concept has changed as now students can opt to specialise in a spectrum of electives such as patent laws, corporate laws, etc.
Students can opt law either by doing a 3 year law course after graduation in any discipline or a 5 year course after 12th class. In fact, the 3 year course is paving way to the 5 year course which is seen as a better option. A 3 year course is help for those whose graduation subjects were something other than law, or working professionals who want to do an LLB as an additional qualification. The five year course is meant for those who want to take up law as a career as a litigator or any other purpose that the degree may serve.The LLB course is regulated within the frameworks of Bar Council of India which sets the rules and regulations regarding legal practice in the country.
Combined Law Admission Test is conducted at national level for 5 years BA LLB at various National Law Schools soon after completing the senior secondary exam. CLAT tests english, legal aptitude, general awareness, logical skills, etc. Apart from that, many Universities and States conducts their own Law Entrance Tests. Such as in Uttarakhand, ULET – Uttarakhand Law Entrance Test.
Law is a career which demands hard work, patience and logical skills from its practitioner to become a successful lawyer. Great communication skills and eye for critical analysis and affluent articulation are prerequisites for lawyers. Therefore, one should analyze these points before opting for law as a career.
A law graduate can either practice as an advocate in a court of law or work with corporate firms. Some of the various oppotunities this field comes with experience,by clearing exam and by making wise career decision. By clearing exams conducted by Union Public Service Commissions, one can aspire to become a judge. After gaining experience, a law graduate can hope to become Solicitor General, a Public Prosecutor or offer services to government departments and ministries. One can also work as a legal adviser for various organisations and corporate giants. Teaching in colleges, working with NGOs and working as a reporter for newspapers and television channels are other attractive options.
A law graduate who wishes to start practicing in a court can get a stipend of Rs 5000 to Rs 40,000 based on his asociation,the college you graduate from can be an added bonus.A law graduate working with Legal Process Outsourcing can earn from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000. Those who are at the pennacle of their profession because of their popularity,calibre and success rates demands lakhs for their consutation.and time.
Talks are on to expand the scope for legal practice in India to International players. Law graduates are hopeful for better job opportunities and better career growth when foreign law firms start their operations in India. LPOs have started to recruit young law graduates for their processes dealing in US laws or UK laws only adding to the wave opportunities that are breaking on the sunny beaches of legal services.
Some of the top law firms in the country are: