Law/Legal Studies- At a glance

Published On: 27 Jun 2012

 | Last Updated On: 04 Jul 2012

 

With increase in the magnitude  of corruption and other complexities, an urgent  call to  corroborate  law and order is looming large in our country.  Given the current scenario of our societies, the field of law seems to be hot and happening and there's no reason why a young aspiring candidate with an interest to serve the country and an aim to change the world should not try a career in this established field. A lawyer is an individual licensed by the state to engage in the practice of law and advice clients on legal matters. Lawyers act as both advocates and advisors on behalf of their clients. As advocates, they represent either the plaintiff or the defendant and advance their client’s case through oral argument or written documents such as motions and briefs. As advisors, lawyers counsel clients on how the facts of their particular case apply to the law.

Course Details

  • One can either pursue a three-year law course (LLB) after graduation in any discipline or a five-year course after twelfth standard examinations, leading to a BA LLB (Hons).
  • The BA LLB programme usually covers practical training including court attendance, hands on training at legal aid centres and research projects.
  • Programmes in law (LLM) are of 2 years duration & eligibility is LLB degree.
  • There are various branches of specialization in law like civil law, criminal law, corporate law, income tax law, international law, labour law, constitutional law, and patent law etc.

Career Prospects

  • A successful lawyer strolls the corridors of the Supreme Court, the various High Courts, the top corporate law firms and business houses, agencies of the United Nations and the other stellar organizations.
  • Lawyers can find employment opportunities in public and private sector organizations.
  • Most Lawyers enroll themselves with the Local/State/Central Bar Council  to become an advocate and practice law as a profession.
  • Central/State Government jobs are also open to Lawyers.
  • They can be appointed as Judges of various courts, as Attorney and Solicitor General, as Public Prosecutor and also in Defense, Tax and Labour departments.
  • Moreover Lawyer can also work as legal counsel and legal advisers for firms, organizations and families.
  • They also can be appointed as Company Secretaries in various firms.
  • They also can work with legal consultancy firms dealing with tax, excise, patent, labour and environmental laws.
  • They also can work as trustees of various trusts and law reporters in media industries.
  • Lawyers have ample career options in numerous Law schools and colleges as a teacher/professor.
  • Non-profit organizations like NGOs are need the service of Lawyers. International agencies like UNO, ILO, and ICJ also employ Lawyers of good reputation and track records.

Remuneration

  • Salaries of experienced attorneys vary widely according to the type, size, and location of their employer.
  • A qualified lawyer employed in government department has pay packages as per the terms and conditions of the government.
  • Those appointed as judges have good remunerations and other perks offered by the government
  • Lawyers working for private sectors enjoy more lucrative pay packages.
  • The earnings of lawyers working privately as advocate or consultant depends upon the number and nature of their clients.

 

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