Since you are here and reading this article, I am assuming that you are curious and want to know various aspects of LAW as a career option in India. That you are looking for answers to questions such as, ‘Am I eligible to pursue law?’, ‘Which is the best way to pursue law?’, ‘What are the future career prospects?’ etc.
Therefore, let us kill this curiosity and learn about how to pursue law in India!
First of all;
– Law is important by the very fact that it is omnipresent. Studying law will develop your self- confidence & communication skills; and sharpen your mind by building up your logics and understanding.
– Unlike before, having LLB degree doesn’t mean you will become an advocate. It is a myth. Studying law will allow you to pursue a number of careers in future. This may bring high salaries and job security.
How to pursue law?
– There are two ways to pursue law in India; one is after completion of graduation and the course duration will be of 3 years. Another is after completion of twelfth standard and the course duration will be of 5 years (also called integrated UG law programme).
– Now days, aspirants highly prefer 5 year UG law course. You can take admission into any prestigious university by writing their respective entrance tests. Most common or important entrance tests in India are: CLAT (for admission to prominent National Law Universities in India), AILET (conducted by National Law University (Delhi) for providing admission to its integrated BA. L.L.B (Hons.)), LSAT (test scores are accepted by Jindal Global Law School, Alliance School of Law, Faculty of Law (SRM University) etc.), SLAT (Symbiosis International University conducts this test for admission to its undergraduate law programs).
– For the other option of pursuing law after graduation, the most common entrance test that aspirants write id DU LLB (conducted by Faculty of Law, Delhi University). Another is MH CET (for admission into law colleges of Maharashtra).
What is the eligibility for 5-year UG law programme?
– You must have either passed your 12th boards or should have already appeared for 12th boards.
– You need not belong to a particular stream in 11th or 12th. That is the biggest reason why students of all streams keep it as a major back up option, because it doesn’t require specialization of any one particular stream.
– Another major point is that there is no age limit for appearing for law entrances.
What is the scope of Law in India?
There is wide range of career opportunities that one may look out for after securing themselves a degree law. Some are listed as follows (the list is not exhaustive):
– Litigation: you can practice law in courtrooms and become a litigating lawyer or an advocate.
– Corporate Counsel: you can join cig corporate houses and become their in-house legal counsel and handle their contracts, rules, regulations etc.
– Law firms: you can join any law firm, wherein with other lawyers you can provide legal advice to the clients.
– Judiciary: you can become a judge by appearing for different exams conducted by different states.
– Army JAG officer: you can enter Indian army and serve the country by becoming the legal and chief judicial of the Army.
– Civil Services: you can appear for UPSC or SPSC examination and join department of legal affairs or department of justice, etc.
– Professor: you can pursue masters after graduation in law, and can join any law school as a teacher and impart knowledge in aspiring lawyers.
– Social Work: you can contribute to the society through law and work in the legal departments of NGOs and International organizations.
– Media & Journalism: you can utilize your writing skills and join print media houses and cover legal journalism and pass on your legal knowledge to the public.
– Public Sector Units: you can apply for CLAT (PG) and become eligible for job in PSUs.
I hope after reading the article and looking at so many career opportunities, you are also thinking to pursue law and are done away with all the doubts. Therefore, you can try our test series and compendiums as it’s prepared by those who have already cleared the exam; and get yourself mentored by a GNLU student!
All the Best!
– Divisha Agarwal