Were you a steady participant at debate competitions throughout your school life and used to give tough competitions to your contenders? Do you have that passion for logical argument and do you just get riveted every time you watch the fantastic legal proceedings shown in the famous movie, “The exorcism of Emily Rose”? If that is the case then perhaps a career of a lawyer would best suit you.
Legal profession is one of most lucrative and esteemed professions all over the world, which is also adventurous as well as exciting. Lawyers are held in high esteem in our society, and there remains the faith that when all else fails, one can still take recourse to the legal system. In our daily life sometime or the other we may come across situations where legal advice is required. Lawyers counsel clients about their legal rights, analyze and interpret law properly and suggest the suitable course of action in a particular matter. They also advise clients and draw up legal documents, such as wills and contracts and conduct negotiations on legal matters, and may represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings.
Academic excellence is not the sole key to success in this sphere; instead professional experience, a sharp and spontaneous mind and a logical approach forms the base on which the pillars of success can be built.
As a lawyer, you may specialize in civil law, criminal law, corporate law, property law, income tax law, marine law, public international law, family law, labour law, press law, excise law, constitutional law, administration law, sale of goods law, trade mark, copyright and patent law and so on.
You must be at least a 10+2 pass out from any stream in order to enrol with a Bachelor’s Degree course in Law (LLB). Course duration is of 5 years and is sponsored by the Bar Council Of India.
P.G. Programmes in law (LLM) are of 2 years duration and you need to be an LLB degree holder for pursuing it.
In addition to LL.B. degree, many universities and institutes also offer other diploma courses in several disciplines of law, including Administrative Law, International Law, Labour Laws, Tax Laws and Corporate Laws and in order to enroll with these courses you must be a graduate from any discipline.
In most of the institutes/universities, selection for courses on law is on the basis of an entrance test. The entrance examination is objective type in nature. The questions invariably cover areas like Reasoning, General Awareness, Numerical Aptitude, Legal Aptitude and Preliminary Political Science.
However, success is very much related to personal attributes. You must have good oral and written communication skills, logical reasoning, power of concentration, patience, good memory to relate and quote past cases to prove your point, ability to argue and discuss matters with a variety of people. Besides these you must also have self confidence and courage to cope with threats especially in criminal cases etc, and should have up-to-date information on any changes in law. A good library and a fair amount of reading is also advantageous.
Legal professionals get a vast range of opportunities and options. They can find employment in various courts of law, in government service both Central and State government, as teachers, as legal advisors in various companies, business houses, organizations etc. They also do private practice as legal advisors, advocates, solicitors etc. Lawyers also find employment in a variety of positions in the Government Service as well as other fields. Lawyer can also work as legal counsel and legal advisers for firms, organizations and families. They can work as trustees of various trusts, as teachers, law reporters, company secretary and so on. Opportunities exist in the defense services too.
Options of private practice as legal advisors, advocates, solicitors etc are also open to legal practitioners. Additional qualification along with law degree opens up scopes for even wider range of employment opportunities.
National Law School of India University
P.O. Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560 072
Karnnataka, India, Phone:80 2321 3160/2316 0532/2316 0533
Fax:080 23160534, Emailregistrar@nls.ac.in
Website : www.nls.ac.in
Symbiosis Law College
Senapati Bapat Road, Pune-411004
THE GOVERNMENT LAW COLLEGE
‘A’ Road, Churchgate
Faculty of Law
University of Delhi, Delhi-110 007
Phone:011-27667483, 27667725 x 1510, 1511, 1676 (EPABX).
Email:email@example.com, Website : www.du.ac.in
Block E2, Amity University Campus
Sector-125, Noida – 201 303 (UP)
Phone : 0120-2445252, Website: www.amity.edu
National Law College of India
Nagarbhavi Bangalore-560072, Phone:+91 80 2321 3161, 2316 0532/533/535
Website: Website: www.nls.ac.in
ILS Law College
Law College Road , Pune – 411004 , Maharashtra
Phone:20 25656775, Fax:20 25658665
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org, Website : www.ilslaw.edu
The Government Law College
‘A’ Road, Churchgate, Mumbai – 400 020
Phone:22 – 2204 1707, Fax:22 – 2285 1315
Email:email@example.com. Website : www.glc.edu
NALSAR UNIVERSITY OF LAW
Justice City Shameerpet, Rangareddy, Andhra Pradesh 500014
Phone: +91-40-244461-62, 245158, 244947 / 245159
Fax: +91-40-245161 / 245174, Website: nalsarlawuniv.com
W. B National University of Juridical Sciences
Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan, 12, LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700098
Phone:(+91)33-2335 0534/ 7379/ 0765, Fax:(+91)33-2335 7422/ 0511
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Web Site: www.nujs.edu
Durgapur Institute of Legal Studies
City Centre (Phase- II), Surya Sen Sarani, Near Gandhi More, Durgapur- 713208
Phone: 0343- 2543388, 2543686, 6451619, Fax: 0343-2544983
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.dils.edu.in