Bring confidence, conviction and the fervour to do the right thing? These three factors are a strong foundation for a career in law. A popular career stream, the legal stream is a steady and stable profession, with high financial gains. And no, there’s no need for a high score in school your CLAT scores will be good enough!
Why India is a great place for a law career
For students who believe that the legal profession is only about lawyers and judges, think again. There is a high demand for knowledgeable and hardworking professionals in the stream from these conventional career paths to corporate lawyers, teachers, researchers and journalists.
Litigators, law firms and government departments need a steady stream of students who know the law. So do media houses, corporate firms and law firms.
Students well-versed in law can also hop on as legal consultants with multiple firms or explain different tenets to the next set of students. A career in law however requires long hours, dedication and the constant need to update self — so keep this in mind.
Types of law careers in India
The legal stream in India is not just about convicting criminals or saving the innocent. It is also about the following fields:
1. Civil law: All laws around matters of a person’s rights in contracts, to property and within the family. Some human rights violations, family law and aspects of taxation can be included here.
2. Criminal law: All laws related to crimes and offences against the state, even if the victim is a person. Some human rights violations (especially those against the right to life and liberty) are included here.
3. Corporate or business laws: These are laws that related to the working of companies, corporates, relations with employees and their internal and external workings. Taxes, Company laws, business law, labour laws, intellectual property laws and business laws can be put here.
Apart from these, legal professionals in India can find their calling in these specialised areas:
1. Administrative law
2. Real estate law
3. Human rights law
4. International laws
Skills needed for a career in law
Though the study of law truly begins within a law course, a student can develop and showcase acumen for it ahead of law school too. To do this, they need to work on the following areas:
1. Grasp over English (Comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and usage)
2. Logical reasoning, deduction skills and applying legal and logical concepts
3. Foundation in current affairs, Indian history, civics, economics and political science
4. A basic grasp of probability and numbers
5. Strong communication skills work on debate and clear verbal skills
How to crack a law school
Having the right skills to be a lawyer is just half of the journey. The bigger step is securing a seat in a law school.
In India, legal education’s available through 21 National Law Universities, 43 ancillary educational institutions and two public sector institutes.
Admission is available for all those students who clear a common law admission test or the CLAT and are ranked for seats accordingly.
Students who have cleared their Class XII with a minimum result of 45% can appear for the test. The two-hour test checks their aptitude for law and allots them a seat accordingly.
New trends for a career in law
Nowadays, a legal career is no longer restricted to work in an established legal firm. More and more companies are investing in setting up their own in-house legal departments or hiring professionals by the hour.
Patents, compliances, regulations and employment need a barrage of legal professionals too. So, do basic white-collar jobs in the field, like clerical positions.
As these careers are all manpower needs, most students who have just made up their minds for a legal career will find a sea of jobs waiting for them.
So, don’t worry about an uncertain job market. The legal profession will be a Godsend for all those who bring confidence to the table and can pitch in the hard work that’s required now. It does pay, it pays well, and it pays on a lifelong basis.