Tuesday, 18 August 2015

THINKING ‘LAW’…. IT’S A GREAT THOUGHT!!!



Ankit Kapoor Speaks

Co-Founder @ PRATHAM
Education 
UG Entrance Prep Specialist 





Ambrose Bierce in his Devil’s dictionary describes a lawyer as someone who is skilled in the ‘circumvention of the law’. The notion of a lawyer who is adept at finding ‘loopholes’ in the system is a popular one in our country, but we cannot deny that to one up the law one must know the law.

From writers to politicians to freedom fighters, lawyers have donned many hats. Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, Arun Jetly, Kapil Sibal, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton  – to name a few.

Law, From then to now….

Thanks to the upcoming National Law Universities in various states, studying law is completely different from what it was ten years ago. Today practicing in court is not the only option left after you complete law course.
  • The most advantageous point about this field is that it is not restricted to a specific background / stream of a student in his senior secondary classes.
  • When you enter into a good law college, you have people from different backgrounds competing with you.
  • High interaction with students from varied backgrounds adds different perspectives to your knowledge.


Lucrative Options in the field of Law after 12th:

Following are the various career options you may like to consider This should allay all those fears that a graduation in law does not leave you with much of options:
  1. Practicing Advocates
  2. Corporate Counselors
  3. Civil Services or Judicial Services:
  4. Jobs with NGO
  5. Academics/ Teaching

All about CLAT & Other important entrances:

  • Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most prestigious entrance test for getting into sixteen National Law Universities.
  • CLAT: Online from this year
  • Number of Applicants is about 42000 versus the seats available, which are just 1955(minus special categories), which makes it about 22 applicants per seat.
  • Time for preparation after Boards: Approx. 30 Days
  • Time needed for preparation alongside Boards: Approx. 320 Days
  • LSAT:  Test Scoring & Exam Pattern is such that scores are reported on a percentile basis, comparing each candidate’s performance to that of the others
  • CET: 685 seats
  • AILET: 22000 applicants versus 80 seats
  • Christ University -Entrance Exam
  • SET ( Symbiosis -Noida / Pune /Hyderabad): 17500 applicants versus 550 seats ( across all three campuses) 

Courses and Preparation:

Following are the degrees of legal education in India:
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) – 3 yearsLLB is the most common degree of law education
  • Integrated undergraduate degrees – B.A. LL.B., B.Sc. LL.B., BBA LLB, B.Com LL.B – 5 yearsOne who wishes to do the integrated course can take the admission in 5 year integrated programme after the completion of 10+2 exams.
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) – one/two yearsLLM is the master degree in legal education having one or two-year duration. This came to India before 2012.
  • Master of Business Law
    The MBL is the master degree in legal education with the specialization in business law having one or two-year duration.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)There is a good prospect for PhD after the legal education. Most of the highly reputed autonomous institution provides the PhD programmes.
  • Integrated MBL-LLM/ MBA-LLM – 3yearsThey are 3 year degree programmes after the completion of the LLB

A candidate can start preparing for law entrance exam conducted at national level for 5 years’ BA LLB at various National Law Schools soon after completing the senior secondary exam. The national law entrance exam, CLAT (Combined Law Admission Test) basically tests the student’s general English, legal aptitude, general awareness, logical skills, etc.

Lawyers in Demand!!!!

An acute shortage of qualified lawyers has been a major problem in India. There are nearly ten lakh lawyers in India but according to law experts only 20 per cent of them can be considered fit enough to practice law in courts. Several other law schools were established to increase the level of legal education and produce skilled lawyers to meet the requirement.

India is a country with one of the highest litigation rates among its population and Sir Ivor Jennings termed the Indian Constitution “a lawyer’s paradise.” Talented lawyers will never have to worry about their income.
Students have a huge variety of specializations to choose from:
  • Criminal Lawyer
  • Civil Litigation Lawyer
  • Legal Analyst
  • Document Drafting Lawyer
  • Legal Journalist
  • Legal Advisor
  • Government Lawyer
  • Judge

International focus:

Legal education in India is similar to the one in Britain. Several universities in UK offer legal education to Indian students. Indian students quite enjoy working in the UK where they receive attractive salary packages. They can go there for a three year, Post Graduate degree after Graduation in any stream. On their return, they will have to give an entrance with the Bar Council of India before they practice. US Law differs a lot from the Indian Law, so Indian students travel less to the US than the UK .To name a few:
  • Kings College, London
  • Harvard Law School
  • Yale University,
  • University College, London
  • Australia National University, etc. are some attractive options for Indian law students these days.
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