Career options in Law
| Dr. Sonali Mishra - 01 Jul 2022


 “A law is valuable not because it is law, but because it is right in it.”

Henry Ward Beecher

Law as a profession nowadays is in great demand. With time, it is becoming more attention-grabbing and adventurous due to the changing social and economic circumstances of our country. Also, there is rising demand for lawyers due to the increasing regulatory role of the Government in all the sectors. A few decades ago, the legal career path used to be pursued by the successive generation of the family or during the 70s-80s, jobs for lawyers used to be assisting as junior advocates with less paid salaries. But today anyone who has a good hold over their learnings, experiences, internships, and qualifications can secure a good position in the field of the legal profession and create a bright career in the legal arena.

Law is multidisciplinary in character. It is a fundamental concept of society which is why it has evolved differently in different societies and cultures. However, in law one can find thousands of concepts depending on the perspective one has looked upon. The law touches our lives daily. It governs what we can and cannot do. It is used to settle disputes, punish, govern, conduct business, protect the rights of people and render justice. Similarly, the state uses the legal machinery to correct malpractices of the past, and respond to the changing needs of the society. It indeed plays a central role in our social, political, and economic life. It helps to maintain peace, establish standards of conduct, and protect the rights of the people.

Law Courses in India

You could study law after 12th by taking admission in the 5-year integrated Law programs, viz, BA LL.B, BBA LL.B, and B.Com LL.B. Admission to these under-graduate law courses are generally made based on entrance exams such as national-level Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), or, Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or, another university/college-specific entrance test/criteria.

Some Diploma Courses and Certificate Courses, Online Diploma Courses in Civil Litigation Skills of Practice & Procedure (CLSPP)

Online Diploma Courses in Criminal Trail Skills of Practice (CTSPP)

Certificate Courses in:

Criminology and Penology, Forensic Science, Contract Drafting, Big Data, Investment and banking Code, Merger and Acquisition, Global Constitutionalism, Sports Law and Practice, Aviation Law and Practice, Law of International Contracting, Law and Artificial Intelligence, Post Covid Dispute Resolution, Environmental and Energy Law.

Career in Law

It depends on which stream of law the student is interested in and confident to pursue with precise skills and competencies.

If a student wants to be:

  • Criminal Lawyer then completes your Law degree and qualifies for the Bar examination and practice under a senior and experienced criminal lawyer.
  • The judge then appears in the Judicial Service examination after graduating in Law.
  • Specialization in Cyber Law, Income Tax, or Civil Cases.
  • Law officer Position in Corporates, selected by interviews one can become a legal advisor and corporate counsel.
  • Legal Probationary Officers were selected based on written tests and interviews hired by many Banks.
  • JAG (Judge Advocate General) services in Indian Armed Forces
  • Lawyer after your graduation.
  • If you want to be in Academics and legal research, the student can pursue LLM and Ph.D. and become a Professor in Law.
  • Other areas could be Civil Services, Administration, Finance Manager/ Management Accountant in Corporate firms, Banking & Insurance, HRM/Labour Officer, Law reporter with media houses, Social work/NGOs, Politics, Entrepreneurship, etc.

To enhance the legal skills and attitude of the students the colleges have developed some skill development centers under the direction of the present government.

Skill Development Centers- Active Mentoring Programs

Skill Development Centers (SDC) are established in law colleges focusing on improving the professional compatibility of the legal arena. Their speaking, writing, and listening skills are being polished by: the Debate Society, Moot Society, CERL (Centre for Empirical Research in Law), Corporate Law Practice Center, ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Environmental Law Center, Judicial Services Preparation Center, Commonwealth Institute for justice, Education and Research, Public Interest Litigation Cell – Bank Frauds Legal Aid Cell, LASEC – Legal Aid Services Clinic, Trial Advocacy Moot Centre, Centre for Women and Family Studies, Migration and Refugee Law Centre, FSC Forensic Science Center and most important Personality Development Cell to enhance confidence and attitude to stand strong as a lawyer.

Thus, the main objective of legal education is to produce skilled human resources who are ethically trained legal professionals in form of future judges, Legislators, and Public Servants who will have the competence and sustenance of the legal system of our nation. Law institutes provide all necessary tools and professional skills to set the budding legal luminaries so that they succeed in the legal world and fulfill their social responsibility to ensure Rule of law, locally and globally.  

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