MEC Weekly Column: Law as a career

Law, LLB
Law, LLB

Even before independence law was considered as the most prestigious career choice. Motilal Nehru, Chittaranjan Das, Mahatma Gandhi are among the lawyers to name. A law graduate can have a wide range of career options. As the country’s economy is growing at a faster rate, the demand for the law graduates is going up substantially. Now, with corporatisation of industries, corporate lawyers are very much in demand. Similarly, as the digitisation is spreading faster than ever, cyber crimes are also growing at same pace, creating opportunities for the cyber law experts. As some of the muli-national (MNC) companies are as big as some of the state governments in terms of revenue generation, often differences arise between them and here comes the role of a lawyer. Lawyers can also fight cases related to economic offences. For that Bachelors of Law (LLB) with Chartered Accountancy qualifications help. Law graduates are very much in demand in corporate world. Law firms like Khaitan and Co, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, Luthra & Luthra, J Sagar Associates (JSA) and Trilegal are some to name. There are also various job opportunities for the law graduates in the government sectors. Every government department needs lawyers. Law graduates can also sit for judicial exams. Lower courts, High Courts of states and the Supreme Court conduct judicial exams time to time. The good thing about law is, your value goes up with number of years in practice.

Career options available for lawyers:

1.A law graduate either can practice or take up a job. These days many young lawyers are taking up jobs with corporate law firms, as they pay good remuneration and learning experience.
2. Law graduates can prepare for judicial examinations.
3. Law graduates can apply for law officers job in various government departments.
4. Law graduates can join corporate houses
5. Law graduates can also apply in Armed Forces for law related posts.
6. Law graduates can pursue higher education and teach in colleges.
7. Law graduates can do independent practice.
8. Law graduates can work with law firms.
9. Efficient lawyers with some years of experience can become spokesperson of political parties.
10. Law graduates can work with various activist national and international NGOs.

Some of the emerging areas for law graduates:
Cyber law, corporate law, baking law, service law, actuarial law, company law, environment law, patent law, international law, and taxation law, among other.

Chartered Accountants and Company Secretary certificate holders also do law degree to enhance their career growth. Law covers every aspects of our life. Most of the spokespersons of the national political parties are law graduates.

Qualification for pursing a law degree:
One can pursue 5 years integrated Law course or 3 years LLB after graduation. Various institutes have different admission criteria. For admission in law courses, one has to take admission test.

Various law admission entrance exams:

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT):
For admission in 19 National Law Universities in India, cetralised CLAT is conducted. Besides these institutes, 45 other institutes also use CLAT scores. CLAT can be taken after 12th class for admission to integrated undergraduation programmes in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws(LL.M) programmes. Objective type questions on Elementary Mathematics/Numerical Ability, English, General knowledge, Legal Aptitude and Logical reasoning are asked in the exam.

All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is conducted every year by National Law University Delhi (NLU-D) for admissions for 81 seats in five-year integrated law programme B.A. LLB.

Besides that various other universities and recognised institutes conduct entrance exams.

Top Law Colleges in India:
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
National Law University, Delhi (NLU)
National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
National Law University, Jodhpur
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Symbiosis Society’s Law College (SSLC), Pune
ILS Law College, Pune
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)
Government Law College, Mumbai

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