The route that leads to a Legal Career!
Now that we have already studied about various possible career opportunities available to a legal career, it’s time to now learn about study route, top colleges, skills required to excel in legal career.
Despite that we have so many pending cases in all our courts of law, India lacks talented and passionate lawyers. Law graduates thus have a great scope ahead as they make their way towards a career in law. A Legal Career can mean a life full of exciting legal challenges and moolah.
A person passionate towards law has to pursue a graduation or post graduation in legal studies. One can choose to get a graduation degree by appearing in CLAT or do a Master’s degree in law from a good university department.
How to get into a Legal Career?
Students who wish to make a career in law can opt for either a five-year course after XII or a three-year post graduation after graduation. There is mostly BA LLB course after XII, which is a five-year integrated course in law. For graduates, there is an LLB course available in many universities.
What are the Law exams you need to take?
- CLAT: Common Law Admission Test, commonly known as CLAT is a national level law entrance exam. This is an admission test to secure a seat in any of the 16 National Law Universities (NLUs). The colleges that subscribe to CLAT scores are:
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU),
- NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR),
- The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU),
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS),
- National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU),
- Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU),
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU),
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU),
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL),
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU),
- National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS),
- National Law University, Odisha (NLUO),
- National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
- National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU)
- Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS)
The CLAT assesses the knowledge of students in areas such as English, general knowledge, mathematics, legal aptitude and logical reasoning.
- LSAT: Law School Admission Test, commonly known as LSAT is a standardized test of reading and verbal reasoning skills designed by the USA–based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by law schools in India.
- DU LLB/LLM: This is a separate law entrance exam that the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi conducts. This is for admissionvarious law courses like LLB and LLM.
- SET Symbiosis: Symbiosis International University Pune has its own Entrance Test commonly known as SET for admission to undergraduate law programs.?
- ULSAT: UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test commonly known as ULSAT is conducted by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES). The competitive entrance test is conducted to grant admission to Bachelor of Laws (B.A. LLB) and LLB in Corporate Laws, Cyber Laws and Intellectual Property Rights.
Skills essential to excel in legal career
- Extremely good communication skills
- Strong oration skills
- Organised thought process
- Good knowledge of the legal processes, constitution, laws etc
- Logical reasoning
- Good listening skills
- Strong analytical skills
- Patience to fight your conviction for a long period of time
- Excellent memory
- Leadership quality