The legal profession has always been one of the popular career choices in our country. One of the reasons could be that law aspirants not only see themselves in courts but also in various law agencies,  firms, administrative services etc.

Usually those whose families have been into the profession for generations go for a career in law too. However it’s not compulsory to have a family background in law. Anyone can choose to study law as long as one has the passion, patience and urge for it.

Various steps to becoming a lawyer-

If you’ve qualified 10+2/intermediate examination or equivalent, you can go for the 5 year integrated BA LLB course. Otherwise if you feel to join it after graduation, you can opt for the LLB program after being graduated.

The LLB course is regulated by the  Bar Council of India which sets rules and regulations regarding legal practice in the country. Any specialization is done at masters, M.Phil or PhD stage. A higher degree helps candidates get jobs in academics.

Law Exams-

CLAT- Common Law Admission Test is the national level law entrance exam. You can take this admission test to get into any of the 14 National Law Universities (NLUs), TNNLS Tiruchirapalli, DSNLU Visakhapatnam etc.

LSAT- Law School Admission Test, designed by the USA-based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by law schools in India.

DU LLB/LLM- The faculty of law at University of Delhi conducts a separate entrance exam for admission to various law courses.

SET Symbiosis- Symbiosis entrance test is a common written test conducted by Symbiosis International University for taking admissions in Undergraduate law program

ULSAT- UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test is  conducted by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies. Clearing this would  grant you admissions to B.A LLB in corporate laws,cyber laws, intellectual property rights.

JOB PROSPECTS- There are loads of career opportunities for a law graduate. one can either practice as an advocate in a court of law or work with corporate firm. By clearing exams conducted by public services commissions, a law graduate can become a judge. After gaining experience, a law graduate can hope to become a solicitor general, a public prosecutor or offer services of government departments and ministries. One can also work as a legal advisor for various organizations.

EARNINGS & RETURNS- Now one thing worth mentioning is that you shouldn’t look at law as a means for making money. Look at law as an instrument for securing justice to people. Engage in issues of public interest. It’s a very rich and rewarding experience. But still every career has promising returns in terms of finances. A lawyer who wishes to start practicing in a court can get a stipend of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 40,000 depending upon the  advocate he is associated with. A law graduate working with legal processes, outsourcing can earn in the range of Rs.20,000 to Rs.50,000. it’s a very high paying profession but depends largely on the calibre, popularity and success of the candidate. The college you graduated from is another factor.

As mentioned earlier, legal profession is a very honourable career. It’s the respected and promising future, if you are able to keep it up with your devoting attitude.



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