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A systematic method to becoming a lawyer

You’re a good student, you respect your teachers and elders, others in your class look up to you as a role model and you can prove them wrong when they think otherwise. In your free time, you enjoy watching courtroom dramas on television—Suits, Boston Legal, Law & Order perhaps. Importantly, you love justice and may have also dreamt of being called “Your Honour.” Yes, all of these serve as evidence beyond reasonable doubt that you would make a great lawyer or legal professional. But all court cases are won only after a thorough investigation, so we have taken the liberty to help you gather all the facts.

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Criminal law (or common law) deals with crime and the legal punishment of criminal offences.

Corporate law focuses on consumer protection law, contract laws, labour and employment laws, anti-trust and trade regulation laws, and laws which deal with the operations of a corporation.

Administrative law governs the activities of administrative agencies of the government, and it includes rulemaking, adjudication and enforcement in regulatory bodies such as tribunals, boards and commissions.

Cyber law involves criminal activities such as theft, fraud, forgery, defamation and mischief which occur online.

Labour law deals with employees, employers and the relationship between them. It covers job security, industrial agreements and worker strikes.

Constitutional law focuses on matters pertaining to the Constitution.

Patent law refers to the granting of patents to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture or composition of matter.

Law courses after Class 12

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Getting an LLB degree is your first step on the legal path after Class 12. The duration of the course is 3 years.

Integrated Undergraduate Degrees

The integrated undergraduate degree courses include BA-LLB, BSc-LLB, BCom-LLB and BBA-LLB. The duration of these courses is 5 years.

Masters Degrees

Master of Laws (LLM)

LLM is a master’s degree in legal education. Started in 2012 in India, the course duration is 1–2 years.

Master of Business Law (MBL)

MBL is a master’s degree in legal education with specialisation in business law. The duration of the course is 1–2 years.

Integrated MBL-LLB/MBA-LLM

The MBL-LLB or MBA-LLM courses are designed for those who wish to gain specialisation in business education along with legal education. It is a three-year degree programme which can be opted for only after the completion of an LLB course.

Before we rest our case, you also have to know that there is an entrance test to get admission to a national law university.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

CLAT is an all-India entrance examination for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in India’s leading law universities.

The exam paper for the undergraduate programme consists of 200 questions in English (including Comprehension), General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

The exam paper for the postgraduate programme consists of 150 questions based on Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence and subjects such as Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law and Intellectual Property Rights.

Eligibility Criteria

For the undergraduate programme: A candidate must have passed Class 12 or its equivalent examination with a minimum of 45% marks [General/OBC/Specially abled Persons (SAP) category] and at least 40% [SC/ST category].

For the postgraduate programme: A candidate must have passed LLB or an equivalent degree exam with a minimum of 55% marks [General/OBC/SAP category] and 50% [SC/ST category].

Job Prospects

A fresher may have to start work with a reputed legal firm or lawyer as an intern initially. After gaining sufficient experience, a law student can make a career as a public prosecutor or be part of a private legal firm. If you wish to work for the government and uphold the Constitution as a Judge, then you can appear for the Public Service Commission exams. Prominent lawyers also work in government ministries and departments as well as in legal advice organisations.

Top Recruiters

  • Amarchand Mangaldas
  • AZB & Partners
  • JSA Advocates & Solicitors
  • Khaitan & Co
  • Luthra & Luthra
  • Trilegal
  • Desai & Diwanji
  • Singhania & Partners
  • Titus & Co.
  • Wadia Ghandy & Co.
  • Lakshmikumaran & Sridharam
  • Economic Laws Practice
  • Vaish & Associates

So, that's all (your honour:-). We hope we have done JUSTICE to help you succeed in your future PRACTICE!

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