Tuesday 3 January 2012

Careers in Law

A Lawyer is a person who represents clients (individuals or businesses) in the court of law that involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific problems and cases.

A Day in a Lawyer’s Life
  • Suggest legal remedies and course of action in matters of contention
  • Represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings
  • Conduct negotiations on behalf of clients
  • Present and summarize cases to judges and juries
  • Analyze the outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses
  • Advise clients regarding legal rights, obligations and claims liability
Skills Required
  • Honest and ethical with strong integrity
  • Good oral and written communication skills & reading habit
  • Strong logical, analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • Good memory to relate and quote past cases to prove a point
  • Ability to argue and discuss matters with variety of people
  • Perseverance and ability to maintain composure in tough situations
Areas of Specialization
  • Corporate Law
  • Common / Civil Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • Labor Law
  • Patent / Trademark Law
  • Income Tax Law
  • Cyber / IT Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate / Property Law
Job Avenues
  • Courts of Law
  • Government Judicial Departments (Centre & State)
  • Legal Department of Companies
  • Solicitor and Law Firms
  • Defense Services
  • Auditing Firms
  • Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Firms
Terminologies for Lawyer
  • Advocate
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Legal Executive
  • Licensed Conveyancer
  • Legal Advisor
Career Path

Entrance Exam
  • CLAT: Common Law Admission Test
  • LSAT: Law School Admission Test
  • AILET: All India Law Entrance Test
  • KLEE: Kerala Law Entrance Exam
  • AIBE: The All India Bar Examination
Few colleges have entrance exams (CLAT, LSAT, SET) for admission to their grad and post-grad courses. After Graduation, to become an advocate and practice law, you need to enroll with the local State Bar Council and pass the AIBE Examination.

Salary Expectation
  • Junior Lawyer can earn Rs. 4000 to Rs. 10000 per month
  • Private sector may provide more lucrative packages
  • Corporate Lawyers can earn Rs 15000 to Rs 50000 per month
  • Independent practice can be most rewarding
  • Reputed Lawyers can earn Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 per hour
Few Law Colleges in India

  • National Law School of India Univ, Bangalore
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • Campus Law Center, Delhi University, Delhi
  • WB National Univ of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  • Symbiosis Society’s Law college, Pune
  • ILS Law College, Pune
  • Government Law College, Mumbai
  • Amity Law School, Delhi
  • Faculty of Law, AMU, Aligarh
  • University Law College, Bangalore Univ., Bangalore
  • Faculty of Law Mumbai University, Mumbai
  • Faculty of Law BHU, Varanasi
  • Dept of Laws, Punjab University, Chandigarh

Farzad Damania
Career Counsellor & Trainer

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