LAW AS A CAREER | CAREER GUIDANCE SERIES

If you’re someone who has a practical mind along with good aptitude and reasoning skills, and can negotiate well with people with their strong command over language, you have an option to take it to a professional level.

You can make a career in ‘LAW’.

Surely you would need to study about the field and complete a graduation course to be one, but presence of above mentioned qualities can be a big asset for this profession. As these are some of important qualities of a lawyer.

 

Brief description of the profession: –

With use of both oratory and reasoning skills, along with the detailed legal knowledge, a lawyer has to present the case in court or provide advocate solution for the private or public firm, depending up on their role.

There are many different roles and positions that a person can take up in a law career, all of them involve handling legal matters in the society.

 

Skills required for the field:

  • Oratory skills: Having good communication and speaking skills is vital for anyone who is practicing law in courts, as they have to present cases, negotiate and persuade people, and present it in a appealing manner.
  • Aptitude and attitude: Both are required in order to understand the facts and present the facts of law.
  • Perseverance: There can be long working hours and one has to go in a lot of details to check legal facts, which require a lot of patience and effort.
  • Team work: Lawyers need to collaborate with others a lot of times in order to make and present the case, and even go get various information.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Along with legal support clients also need empathy and emotional connection from their lawyers, so that they can trust them for representing them in court. They need to feel that the lawyer care about their matter as much as them.
  • Financial literacy: One needs to have financial knowledge about the prices, as many times clients try to negotiate for a certain matter. So, law professional must be aware about what price is right for a particular deal.

 

Job scope:

Law is a very vast field and has many branches and offers many roles that one can pursue.

  1. CORE LEGAL CAREERS:
  • Lawyer/attorney/counsellor:

They have to advocate the client’s rights. This may include negotiation with the opposition or presenting the case in court. Winning the case depends on a lawyer’s capabilities.

  • Paralegals:

They are said to be a lawyer’s right hand. They assist the lawyer in their every work, be it appearing in court, advising the client or researching on any matter under the lawyer’s supervision.

  • Legal secretory:

They act as a lawyer’s secretary but have less responsibilities than a Paralegal. Their working mainly includes managing the file works, informing the clients and lawyer and clients about the updates, and more.

 

  1. CAREERS IN COURTROOM:
  • Judge:

A Judge oversees a trial, pre-trials and even appeals. Hi main work includes interpreting and applying the law. He works in a public sector.

  • Magistrate:

These are Junior judges or Judicial officers, which take care of some small appeals and cases, to take some burden off from the main Judges. Only some states have Magistrate.

  • Law clerk:

They are the right hand of a Law clerk, and assist Judges in every matter be it researching on some reports or managing files.

  • Mediator/ arbiter/ conciliator:

They handle alternative dispute resolution or ADR, which many states require before a civil lawsuit can proceed to trial. They don’t “represent” either side and may or may not be an employee of the government.

 

  1. CAREERS IN LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT:
  • Compliance Specialist:

They are responsible for implementing and overseeing corporate compliance with applicable laws and policies, both locally and at the federal level.

  • Conflicts Analyst:

They research about potential conflicts between the firm they represent and the opposing party. They have to work in very detail and maintain confidentiality.

  • Legal Recruiter:

They recruit lawyers and paralegal for their clients and law firms.

 

  1. CAREERS IN LEGAL CONSULTING:
  • Jury consultant:

They guide attorneys toward selecting sympathetic jurors at trial, as well as to avoiding unsympathetic jurors, through the voir dire process.

  • Computer Forensics Professional:

They analyze digital evidence and reports on it. He may also testify regarding it at trial.

  • Forensic Scientist:

They help to collect, preserve and analyze physical evidence for attorneys and the courts.

  • Legal Videographer:

They create video images for trial.

  • Accident Reconstructionist:

They examine the details of an accident to recreate how it might have occurred and ultimately who, if anyone, is to blame.

 

  1. IT CAREERS IN LITIGATION SUPPORT:
  • Litigation Support Professional:

This job requires both tech-savvy and an understanding of the law. These professionals work with software and applications to integrating client information and manage case data that’s crucial to litigation.

  • Document Coder:

They basically maintain a system to identify and access the various documents in a case file.

  • E-discovery professional:

They mainly take care of the exchange of information pertinent to a case between the courts and parties to a lawsuit.

 

  1. CAREERS IN LEGAL EDUCATION:
  • Law Professor:

They teach law in colleges as well are involved in research work.

  • Legal career counsellor:

They counsel law students to choose their domain in law after their graduation. They may conduct mock interviews and help students find their area of potential in law.

 

  1. CAREERS IN COURT REPORTING:
  • Court Reporter/ stenographer:

They transcribe what all has been said in the court. Nowadays more courts are moving to audio recording, but these reporters also transcribe those audios.

  • CART provider:

Communication Access Real Time (CART) provider, basically involves translation. They help and assist deaf and hearing impaired in converting speech to test for their benefit.

 

  1. CAREERS IN THE COURTHOUSE:
  • Courtroom deputy:

They are basically responsible for maintaining law and order in the courtroom. Their work includes accompanying criminals and criminal defenders in and out of the courtroom.

  • Court Clerk/ Prothonotary:

Their work happens behind the courtroom and mainly involves all the paperwork, from making the cases and keeping all the record.

 

  1. CAREERS IN LEGAL ADMINISTRATION:
  • Law firm administrator:

They come in top-tier administration and are responsible for looking after day to day operations and all the finances of a law firm.

  • Contract administrator:

They work under the main administrator and help in looking after finances, and are mainly concerned with contractual obligations.

 

 

How do I get there?

  1. Complete 10+2 in any stream.
  2. Pursue LLB/ BBA.LLLB/ B.Com. LLB for 5 years.
  3. Pursue LLM in Multiple Specialization for 1-2 years.
  4. Pursue PhD in Multiple Specializations.

OR

  1. You can Pursue Graduation in any Discipline for 3-4 years.
  2. Pursue LLB for 3 years.
  3. Pursue LLM in Multiple Specializations for 1-2 years.

 

*Most colleges have eligibility criteria of 50% aggregate in 12th exams for entrance.

*Age limit is also there in some colleges.

 

ENTERANCE EXAMINATIONS

NAME OF THE COLLEGE ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE EXAM MONTH (ROUGH ESTIMATE)
Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension May
Common Law Admission Exam (CLAT) General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning May
Alliance University Common Admission Test (ACLAT) General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning  

June

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test (IPU CET LLB General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning April
Delhi University Law Entrance Exam (DU LLB) General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning June
Maharashtra Common Entrance for Law (MH CET Law) General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning June
Jamia Millia Islamia Law Entrance Exam General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning May/June
Banaras Hindu University BA LLB Admission Test (BLAT) General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning May
Aligarh Muslim University Law Entrance Exam (AMU) General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning May
Symbiosis Law Entrance Test (SET) General Knowledge, English, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning May

 

TOP INSTITUTES IN INDIA

  • Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU)
  • National Law University
  • Symbiosis Law School
  • Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University
  • Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
  • Amity Law School
  • Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Nalsar University of Law
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
  • Indian Law Society Law College
  • Gujarat National Law University
  • Jindal Global Law School
  • National Law Institute University

 

How well does the job pay?

Pay varies on many factors in this fields. Different roles and positions largely affect the pay package, also the level and popularity of the firm you are working in also matters.

Initially a lawyer who has started practicing can ear 5k to 40k per month. Whereas in a firm one can earn up to 20 to 50k very easily.

Overall law is a very well-paying line, with experience one can even earn in lakhs per month. Plus, every company requires a legal team, so job scope is quite vast in this field.

 

Job environment (Pros and Cons):

Mostly the work requires meeting the client, understanding the legal matter and providing the solution. The process of finding solution usually requires searching through paper, negotiating with and opposing party and having court sessions. For all this one need to have thorough legal knowledge.

 

PROS:

  • High demanding job.
  • Well-paying job.
  • Provides opportunity to help people in need.

CONS:

  • Need to make crucial and hard decisions.
  • Need to learn a lot laws and information.
  • Moral issues.

 

So, if you interest, calibre and personality match to requirements of this profession, you can learn more skills and plan ahead to go in this.
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