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Date:25/04/2018

Career as a Lawyer

If you want your voice to be heard and if you want to fight for what is right, you should choose a career as a lawyer. As an advocate, you will be the key professional in your country. Attached with this profession are attractive financial and social gains. In order to become a lawyer, you should opt either for L.L.B. (Bachelor of Legislative Law) which is offered as L.B. (Bachelor of Law) in certain institutions. There are two options to pursue this course. One is a 3 year course for which the minimum eligibility is a graduation. The other is a 5 year course for which the minimum eligibility is 10+2.

As a lawyer, you will act as an instrument to react against the violation of any laws and make appropriate judgements to take actions against such people. You will not only be a speaker for your client, but also an officer of the court. Become a lawyer/ advocate and be prepared for a profession with huge power, responsibilities and respect.

Eligibility

  • Qualified with passing grades from a recognized board of education and institute, in your H.S.C (10+2) examination.
  • Clear entrance exams like CLAT (Common Law Admission Test), and LAWCET (Law Common Entrance Test).
  • Minimum 40% marks scored in a graduating degree of your choice.

Required Skills

  • Reading, Writing and Listening Skills.
  • Analysing and representing a point of view clearly to the listener.
  • Organise materials and information in an organisable manner.
  • Excellent language and verbal communication.
  • Ability to give a good amount of counselling for different issues.

How to become a Lawyer

STEP 1: You can opt for a three year course if you are a graduate or a five year course if you have just qualified your H.S.C exams.

STEP 2: Possess a degree in L.L.B. after clearing the entrance tests conducted by various educational and national bodies in the country. One such examination is the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test). CLAT consists of topics such as legal aptitude, logical reasoning, English, general knowledge, current affairs and elementary mathematics. You will be then admitted in to an affiliated institution for law.

STEP 3: The different subject covered in the time period of study are labour law, family law, crime law, constitutional law, law of tort and consumer protection act, professional ethics, law of evidence, property law, arbitration-conciliation and alternative, human rights and international law, environmental law, jurisprudence, civil procedure code, practical training, legal writing , company lawand interpretation of statutes.

STEP 4: After the completion of your course, it is mandatory to do an internship as per the instructions received from your institution. Then you are qualified to professionally practice as a lawyer. You can also opt for post-graduate degree in future by opting for L.L.M. (Masters in Legislative Law).

STEP 5: As a last step to enter the profession, you have to take membership in the State Bar Council regulated by the Advocates Act-1961. Then you are allowed to enrol and practice in any court in any part of the country.

Best Institutions

  • National Law School of India – Bangalore
  • Government Law College – Mumbai
  • Indian Law Society Law College – Pune
  • Aligarh Muslim University – Aligarh

Career Prospects

You can choose to practice privately for educational bodies, private clients, and registered organisations. You can also be employed under the government. If you are a government employed advocate, there will be benefits of pension post retirement from the career. Under the government you can work for state, central or local authorities. You can get employed in business houses to aid, advice and represent legal issues.

Income

If you are practicing privately, the income you earn depends upon your proficiency, performance and experience. As for a legal advisor to the corporate sector, you can earn between Rs.35, 000 to Rs.60, 000 per month as per your experience. However, considering an average income of a lawyer working with the government or practicing privately, the income per annum can vary from 4 lakhs to 14 lakhs depending upon the performance and experience.