Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Student's Guide to Choosing Law as a career

We all know the standard slang that define a lawyer, namely, liar, shyster, shark, and so on. Yet, the famous stand-up comedian Jessi Klein says that “Everyone wants to say they hate lawyers, and yet I’ve never met a parent who didn’t want their kid to be a lawyer.” If you think this sums up the profession, then what is your opinion about Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Franz Kafka and Abraham Lincoln – all of them were lawyers.
Today, times are changing. Law is becoming one of the popular career choices in our country. All you need is the passion for it. Earlier, students specialized in either civil or criminal laws. Today, there are a plethora of opportunities for a law graduate and they can opt to specialize in any of the various options offered, such as patent laws, corporate laws, cyber laws, international law, etc. A degree in law not only allows students to practice as a lawyer in the courts, but also opens up career options in areas like corporate management, legal services and administrative services. Law aspirants not only appear in courts, but also show up in various corporate houses, law agencies, law firms, litigation, administrative services and many more. By clearing exams conducted by Public Service Commissions, a law graduate can become a judge. A law graduate can also become a public prosecutor or offer services to government departments and ministries. They can also teaching in colleges.

But wait, before you begin dreaming of donning the black coat and tying the white band around your neck, know that law is a career that requires tonnes of patience, logical skills, hard work and dedication. Add to these great communication skills, critical analysis capability and articulation. Only then do you get a crisp, freshly baked lawyer. As is true of every other profession, fresh lawyers, too, face numerous problems in their profession. It becomes easier if one trains under a senior advocate in the beginning of their career to learn the ropes of the trade.
All said, how do you go about becoming a lawyer?
For this, you can either opt for a three-year LLB program or a five-year integrated BA LLB course. If you have qualified 10+2 or equivalent, you can choose the five-year integrated BA LLB course. In case you wish to join it after graduation, you can go for the LLB program. The Bar Council of India regulates the LLB and LLM courses and also lays down rules and regulations regarding legal practice in the country.

In case you opt for the five-year integrated BA LLB course, you need to pass any of the entrance examinations listed below:


CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is the national level law entrance exam. After clearing this test, you can get a seat in any of the 14 National Law Universities (NLUs), TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, DSNLU Visakhapatnam, Nirma Ahmedabad, etc. CLAT basically tests the student’s general English, legal aptitude, general awareness and logical skills.
LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a standardized test of reading and verbal reasoning skills designed by the USA-based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by law schools in India.
LLB/LLM (Faculty of Law, University of Delhi) conducts a separate law entrance exam for admissions to LLB and LLM courses.
SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test) is a common written test conducted for taking admission to undergraduate law programs offered by various institutes under Symbiosis International University.
ULSAT (UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test) is conducted by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) to grant admission to BA LLB and LLB in corporate laws, cyber laws and intellectual property rights.
In order to help students clear the entrance tests conducted by various universities, PRATHAM’s students go through rigorous knowledge sessions conducted by the experts in the industry. A session is divided into class exercise, class test and home assignment, and specialized classes on Business Awareness are also conducted by experts in the field. In addition students are also given online and offline support.
Students can choose from any of the three options to achieve success:
PRATHAM Crash Course: 2 month preparation module which begins immediately after the board exams.
PRATHAM WizKid Program: One Year Program
PRATHAM Endurance Program: 2 Year Capsule Program

The top universities offering law courses in India are

  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • Amity Law School, Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • CET LAW in IP University, Delhi
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Delhi University
  • Government Law College, Mumbai
  • Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)
  • ILS Law College, Pune
  • Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • SET Law in Symbiosis International University
  • Symbiosis Society’s Law College (SSLC), Pune
  • UPS Dehradun

For more information on LAW after class XIIth, please contact us at 9599980111 or drop an email to abhay.ojha@prathamonline.com

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