Career In Law
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Law is a lucrative, adventurous and thrilling career option. It is in high demand due to changing socio-economic scenario and ever-increasing regulatory role by the Government. There are many specialized branches of law viz. Civil law. Criminal law, Corporate law, Taxation law, Labour law, International law, Family law, Constitutional law, Administrative law, Patent law, etc. Recently the career opportunities in Cybercrime, intellectual property and environmental laws are increasing. The new field like Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) is emerging and have potential to provide many job opportunities. Many corporate companies viz. Arther Anderson, Wipro, infosys, Hindustan lever, ICICI, SAIL, GESCO, Tata Sons, Amarchand Mangaldass Phathak & Associates, ARA Law, DSK Legal, Linklaters (the world’s largest law firm), etc provide good career opportunties to the law practioners.
The popular option for the law graduate is to practice. Law students generally start out with law firms and then set up their own firms. The foreign firms prefer to hire Indian law school graduates is that India due to a Common Law system. Indian students are proficient in English and their legal skills are on par with their counterparts on the other side of the globe. The international trade and WTO regulations are opening up of legal systems across the world.
All legal experts get attractive remuneration. Nowadays Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) companies are recruiting fresh law graduates from premier law colleges/Universities of the country receive salary in the range of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 7 lakh per annum. Private practioners of law earns very attractive remuneration. The remuneration normally based on the popularity of the lawer and his sucess rate.
Graduation (LLB) or post-graduation (LLM) in the field of Law. Diplomas in labour law, Patent law, cyber law, etc provides edge while practising. Practice i.e. Experience in this field is most important.
- High intellectual ability.
- Ability to assimilate and analyze facts quickly.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills.
- Self confidence.
- Physical and mental stamina to cope with the long hours of work and work related stress.
- Sound knowlege of laws
- Good study of human psychology.
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- Do I have good study of human behaviour?
- Do I have high intellectual capability?
- Do I have ability to focus and concentrate?
- Do I have Logical thinking?
- Do I have good argumentive skill?
- Do I have good computer skills?
- Do I have perceptive and probing mind?
- Do I have Ability to assimilate and analyse facts quickly?
- Do I have excellent communication and presentation skills?
- Do I have Self-confidence?
- Do I have ability to work independently?
- Do I have analysing and interpreting skills?
- Do I accept failure in case as a challenge?
- Do I read latest judgments, books and research reviews?
- Do I have a creative mind and deep thinking?
- Do I have ability of keen observation?
- Am I ready to learn and adopt new techniques?
- Do I like to work as a team member?
- Do I have problem solving ability?
- Do I have a knack for working under pressure?
1. Careers in Cyber law: It deals with legal issues concerning the use of computer, computer systems and computer networks as well as the Internet. With the advent of Information Technology, “cyber crimes” have become a sensative aspect of law enforcement in most countries. Remuneration: Rs 10,000-Rs 90,000. Consultancy pays better than litigation. Eligibility: Cyber Law is a mutli-discipline subject, a study of which requires knowledge of technology and law. Qualified lawyers practising law, technology students aspiring to make a career in IT, management students of graduate and postgraduate courses can take up the course. Chartered Accountants and Company Secretaries can also take it up as a value-addition course that will equip them with the required skills for the new career opportunities coming up in the areas of Computer System Security Audit and Cyber Law Compliance Audit. A lawyer or a non-lawyer, an MBA or a B.E., a CA or an ICS can also take cyber law courses to equip them.
- www.cyberlawcollege.com It offers online and offline courses in Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Mangalore and Chennai.
- Symbiosis Society’s Law College, Pune.
- NALSAR University www.nalsarpro.org offers diploma courses in Cyber Laws.
- Asian School of Cyber Laws based at Pune ( www.asianlaws.org ) offers diploma courses in cyber laws.
- Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad offers A master’s programme in Cyber Law & Information Security (MPCLIS).
- Centre for Distance Education, University of Hyderabad (www.uohyd.ernet.in ) offers a P.G. Diploma in Cyber Laws &Intellectual Property Rights (PGDCL & IPR).
2. Careers in Intellectual Property Law (IPR): The new developments in Intellectual Property Law such as trademarks law, copyright law, patents law, industrial designs law and information and communication technology law (cyber laws) has resulted in enormous opportunities in IPR law field. The protection of Intellectual Property law is innovation oriented and this profession is best suited for the lawyers who understand the nature of invention and the Intellectual Property laws. As long as people invent or create, there is a need for Intellectual Property lawyers to protect and enforce Intellectual Property Rights.
- Indian Law Institute, New Delhi www.ilidelhi.org
- Amity Law School. New Delhi www.amity.edu/als
- Bangalore University Law College. www.mapsofindia.com
- Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). www.gnlu.org.in
- ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad.
- Indian Law Society (ILS) Pune. www.ilslaw.edu
- National Law Institute University, Bhopal. www.nliu.com
- Patent Office of India (IPO). www.patentoffice.nic.in
3.Careers in Environmental Law: Environmental law is a exciting field. Environmental lawyers advise and represent clients on a wide range of matters, including air and water pollution, land use concerns, agricultural issues, parks and wilderness preservation, waste disposal, resource extraction, transportation and international issues. Environmental law mainly covers conservation of wildlife, protection of environmentally protected areas such as national parks and sanctuaries, and poaching and other related offences.Environmental lawyers are employed in governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations. Industrial establishments require environmental lawyers to help them deal with legal and governmental procedures related to the environment. Remuneration: Rs 10,000-Rs 90,000. Consultancy pays better than litigation. Eligibility: Most law colleges in India include environment law in their curriculum for the Bachelor of Law (L.L.B.) course.Certificate and diploma courses in environmental law are offers cutting edge in this field.
- P. G. Diploma in Environmental Law Eligibility: Graduate Duration: One year Centre: National Law School of India University Distance Education Department Bangalore - 560 072.http://www.nls.ac.in
- Diploma in Environmental Law (Distance mode) Eligibility: Graduates from any discipline. Duration: 6 months Centre: WWF-INDIA, 172-B, Lodi Estate, New Delhi – 110 003 www.wwfindia.org
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental in Law Eligibility: Graduates from any discipline. Course Duration:1 year Centre: WWF-INDIA http://assets.wwfindia.org
Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO): It is a kind of high end BPO industry. It is rapidly growing field in India in the recent years. Vendors or in-house departments of many organizations, companies and industries of many countries like USA, UK, Germany, Australia, etc outsource legal work to India. India is favoured destination for legal process outsourcing and many youngsters finds quite good opportunities in this field. Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) is very lucrative and challenging. India's share in global market of LPO has increased significantly in more than 250 billion dollar global market. Eligibility: Bachelor degree in Laws (LLB) or LLM. Remunerations: There is attractive remuneration along with other perks and benefits to the career aspirants. The salary ranges of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 7 lakh per annum. Institutes: National School of Law, Bangalore is premier institute While Pangea3 and Mindcrest are the leading LPO companies in India.
- Judge (District court, High court and Supreme court).
- Independant practioner
- Lagal advisors
- Law firms and India and foreign countries.
Courses after 12th std:
- B.A. L.L.B: This is a 5-year course and the students can pursue this course after passing 12th Class.
- Bachelor of Science in Law (BS LLB): Eligibility: H.S.C. or equivalent in any stream from recognised board with minimum 45% marks (40% marks for SC / ST / NT / DTNT / OBC) Duration: 5 years. Centres: Reputed Law Universities and Law Schools of India.
Courses after Graduation:
- Diploma in Taxation Laws (DTL): 1 year Graduate.
- Diploma in Cyber Laws: 1 year Any Graduate.
- Diploma in Intellectual Property Right Laws: 1 year, Any Graduate.
- Diploma in Environmental Laws Eligibility: Open to all students of Law, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and to professionals interested or already working in the field of environment. Duration: 5 months. Centre: WWF- India, New Delhi www.assets.wwfindia.org.
- Diploma in Cyber Law Conducted jointly by Asian School of Cyber Laws and Government Law College, Mumbai It is available in distance mode and class room mode. www.asianlaws.org
- L.L.B.: 3-year course, open for graduates.
- PG Certificate course in Cyber law Duration: Six months Institute: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). IGNOU has tied up with the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS). www.ignou.ac.in
- L.L.M.: Postgraduate course in Law. Duration: 2 years. Eligibility: B.A. L.L.B. or L.L.B. Centres: All reputed Law Universities and Law Schools in India.
- NLSIU Bangalore www.nls.ac.in
- Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) www.gnlu.org.in
- Symbiosis Society’s Law College (SSLC), Pune www.symlaw.ac.in
- National Law University, Jodhpur www.nlujodhpur.ac.in
- NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad www.nalsar.ac.in
- National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU) www.nliu.com
- Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur. www.hnlu.ac.in
- Amity Law School www.amity.edu
- ILS Law College Pune www.ilslaw.edu
- Government Law College, Mumbai www.glc.edu
- Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai www.tndalu.org
- The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) www.nujs.edu
Important institutes in Pune:
- Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) for an Indian laywer to work as a solicitor in the UK, he/she must pass QLTT test which is conducted by the Law Society. Two years of training/ experience of law is essential. Many law graduates are practicing in the UK and USA after clearing this examination.
- New York Bar Exam (one of the toughest in the world): Generally Indian law graduates clear in first attempt while American graduates to try twice or thrice before clearing.