Thinking about pursuing a law course after high school? Worried if you made the right choice in the 12th to pursue law? I hope you seek your answers here,
Practicing law is one of the very well reputed and highest-paying professions around the globe. It doesn’t matter if you have taken up science stream or commerce or arts in your 10+2, It doesn’t matter if you have done your graduation as an engineer, doctor or management you can study and practice law at any point in your career. And as we progress from criminal and civil Law the options in the field are just widening.
If you are a law aspirant you have to first do an undergraduate law degree. There are two options to this, either you pursue graduation in any field such as B.com, BA, B.Tech, BMS, and then you go on for an LLB degree. This makes the whole graduation procedure length by a year or two but a great option for those who are not sure about pursuing law immediately after their HS or else you can take up an integrated program such as BBA.LLB, BA.LLB, B.COM.LLB, there is a wide range of options out there and you can choose as per your interest. Most of the aspirants prefer the integrated program as it not only saves your year, it gives you a dual degree and also saves you from taking up multiple entrances separately. After graduating you can register as an advocate or you can go on for post-graduation with some specialization.
VARIOUS COLLEGES, COURSES & ELIGIBILITY
1. THE NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES
There are 23 National law universities in India as of now the first and the topmost being NLU, Bangalore, followed by National Law University, New Delhi, NLU Hyderabad popularly known as NALSAR, You will find below the list of 23 NLUs This list is also the actual rank of NLUS
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
National Law University, Delhi
National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
National Law Institute University, Bhopal
National Law University, Jodhpur
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
Chanakya National Law University Patna
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi
National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) Visakhapatnam
The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirapalli
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
Dr. B R Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat, Haryana
These NLUs offers integrated programs such as BBA LLB (Hons.), BCom LLB, BLS LLB, BSc LLB, BA LLB at the undergraduate level. At PG Level you get options LLM, LLD, Ph.D. in Law, PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law (NLU Delhi), Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Environmental Law (NLU Delhi), Post Graduation Diploma in Environment Law and Policy (NLU Delhi).
The admission to the NLUS is through the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT). It is conducted by the consortium of NLUS.
After taking the CLAT exam based on your scores you are invited for a counseling session therein you are allotted an NLU.
For NLU Delhi, the body also conducts a separate entrance test known as AILET which gives admit only to NLU Delhi only.
The fees for the NLUs vary as per the course and college.
2. SYMBIOSIS LAW SCHOOL PUNE
The college is deemed with Symbiosis International University, Pune, and one of the top-ranked colleges in our country. They offer courses such as BA LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons), and LLM which are approved by the Bar Council of India. Top facility and ex- courtroom experts take classes. The college also has provision for external/ Guest lectures to take up topics. The college is a well-developed infrastructure including Library, courtroom, seminar, and conference halls. They also have hostel facilities for all genders.
The Fee ranges to up to 2 lakhs per annum.
Admission to the program requires taking the SET Exam which is a Symbiosis Entrance Test.
3. ICFAI LAW SCHOOL
ICFAI Law School, Dehradun previously recognized as Faculty of Law is one of the top-ranked private schools in our country. The college offers various programs such as BBA LLB, BA LLB, LL.B, LLM, Ph.D. all approved by the bar council of India. The college has an inbuilt internship program where it makes it compulsory for its students to participate in internships and get hands-on experience Eminent Lawyers, Law Firms, MNCs, PSUs, NGOs, International Organizations. They also guarantee 100% placement to its students. The college believes in imparting theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills and is well reputed for this approach.
To seek admission here the candidate has to take ICFAI Law School Admission Test (ILSAT). The Candidate must have passed in Class XII or equivalent with an aggregate of 50% and above marks (any discipline) in English medium. The pattern for ILSAT is similar to that of CLAT and test candidate on 5 sections namely English, legal reasoning, Logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and GK.
The fees vary as per the course. It ranges between 1 lakh to 3 lakhs.
5. O.P. JINDAL LAW SCHOOL
The OP Jindal Law school is a NAAC A credited school that offers courses approved by the Bar Council of India. It offers courses such as B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), BBA LL.B. (Hons.), B.A (HONS) LEGAL STUDIES, LL.B, LLM, P.hD. There is a three-stage process. First, the candidate has taken the written test, then there is a personal interview and written test. The university has its entrance exam and policy.
The college has a top-class infrastructure and has tied up with over 200+ foreign institutions. The college also has a hostel facility for all genders, it is a residential course. The fees range from 5-6 Lakhs per annum.
CAREERS AFTER LAW
After completing your LLB degree you can be a criminal Lawyer, Civil Litigation Lawyer, Legal analyst, Document Drafting Lawyer, Legal Journalist, Legal Advisor, Government Lawyer, Judge.
A law graduate working can easily earn an attractive salary in the range of Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000. It is a very high paying profession it depends largely on the caliber, and hardworking of the candidate. The college you graduate from is another factor.
After Law one can either practice as an advocate or work with corporate firms. To become a Judge you have to clear various exams conducted by the Public Service Commissions. After gaining some experience, a law graduate can also hope to become Solicitor General, a Public Prosecutor, or offer services to government departments and ministries. One can work as a legal adviser for various organizations. Teaching in colleges, working with NGOs, and working as a reporter for newspapers and television channels are other attractive options.
By Shirin Tarachandani