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Career in law: The complete guide to legal jobs

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Of late, legal or law has become a thriving career option. With promising new career options getting discovered and newer laws being formulated in India, there has been a rise in the number of legal jobs throughout the country. Lucrative packages as well as an affluent career graph, law jobs are being lapped by both experienced as well as freshers.

Apart from the traditional subjects like taxation, corporate, criminal, civil and intellectual property, there are other new areas also, like space, cyber, international laws and intellectual property that a student can explore. A law degree not only allows you to practice as a lawyer, but it also opens other legal jobs options like legal services, administrative and corporate management, etc.

How to prepare for legal jobs?

Students can either do a three-year course after completing graduation in any discipline or can pursue five-year course after passing Class 12th. Presently, the three-year course is giving way to five-year course and in most cases, colleges are running three-year course only for those students who have done their graduation in subjects other than law.

The five-year course is a nice option for those who want to take up law as a career choice- be it as a corporate lawyer or any other professional. In India, the Bar Council of India is regulating all LLB courses. A number of courses are available in diversified sectors, like intellectual property rights, cyber law, human rights, etc.

Usually admission to these courses is given through written tests, like the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and University of Delhi LLB Entrance Test. This entrance exam tests general English, logical skills and legal aptitude of a student.

Eligibility criteria

  • For 5 years legal course= The upper age-limit is 20 years. Further, if you have completed your 12th Class with 50% marks, you are eligible to give entrance exams.
  • For 3 years legal course= There is no upper age-limit, but the candidate should be minimum 17 years of age at the time of entrance. A graduate degree with 45% marks is the basic qualification. However, to take admission in universities like Delhi University and Banaras Hindu University, a candidate should have 50% marks in graduation.

Institutions offering legal courses in India=

  • University of Delhi
  • Jindal Global Law School
  • National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • Government Law College, Mumbai
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • ILS Law College, Pune

Scope of legal jobs

There is no scarcity of legal jobs opportunities. One can either practice as a lawyer in the court or work as a corporate lawyer. Also, after clearing the Public Service Commission, a law graduate can also become a judge. After gaining years of experience and skills, a law graduate can also become a public prosecutor, solicitor generator or provide other services to different government ministries.

The degree makes you eligible for teaching posts in schools & colleges or you can also work as a legal advisor for non-profit organizations. If you have a degree, you can start writing legal content also.

Moreover, Indian lawyers have great demand in global arena also. Many Indian students study law in USA and after completing the course, they find good jobs in the corporate sector. Yale University, Harvard Law School, Australia National University, etc. are some enticing options for Indian students who want to study law.

Requisite traits

  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent memory
  • Good analytical skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Strong oratorical skills
  • Knowledge of domestic and international laws

Remuneration

Whereas a fresh lawyer who has started practicing in a court get a stipend of Rs 5000 to Rs 40,000, depending on the advocate he is associated with, a law graduate who is working with Legal Process Outsourcing can earn lucrative package in the range of Rs 40,000 and Rs 80,000. Afterwards, the salary depends on a conglomeration of factors, like expertise, work scope, reputation, etc. There are some advocates who are charging Rs 5 lakh-20 lakh for one case:

Leading law firms offering legal jobs in India-

  • Trilegal
  • Amarchand Mangaldas
  • J Sagar Associate
  • AZB & Partners
  • Singhania & Partners
  • Wadia Ghandy & Co
  • Titus & Co
  • Vaish & Associates

Some common legal job profiles-

  • Judge= He passes judgement after hearing court proceedings.
  • Criminal Lawyer= He specializes in different criminal laws, like Indian Penal Code and Evidence Act, etc.
  • Legal Analyst= He is working for different law firms or corporations. It is the duty of the legal analyst to ensure that the company is working in close conformity to prevailing laws.
  • Research Attorneys= Right from studying different legal matters to safeguarding intellectual property rights, the job of a research attorney is quite interesting.
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