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Complete Guide for Making a Career in Law

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Law, as known, is a promising and highly sought-after career choice across the globe. From science to commerce to arts, students from all walks of life want to pursue a legal career. The competition is high, the opportunities are plenty. So, with the right preparation, my child, you can excel in today’s competitive legal market.

What we are about to cover in this article is – how to go pursue a career in law, the Top Law Institutes in India, Eligibility Criteria, a list of some of the Top Law Firms in India, options for Law graduates, and everything you need to know!

Educational Requirement

Some students know that Law is their calling, from as early as high school. These people can do a 5-year undergraduate course straight out of school. Qualification required for this is 10 + 2 with a minimum of 50% marks. Another prerequisite is that the candidate should not be more than 20 years in age

For those who want to pursue a career in law after graduation, also have a chance to make it in this field. Students who decide to pursue law after their graduation can opt for a 3-year LL.B. course. Qualification required for this is a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks in graduation.

Upon completing the undergraduate course, one can choose their field of specialization in LL.M. a 2-year full-time PG course. Qualification required for this is a minimum of 55% marks in LL.B.

Top Law Institutes in India: 

There are a number of law institutes in India to pursue a career in law. Following are some of them :

Name of InstitutesEntrance ExamsCoursesSeats
National Law School of India University, BangaloreCLATB.A. LL.B. (H) | LL.M.UG 80PG 50
National Academy of Legal Studies And Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Andhra PradeshCLATB.A. LL.B. (H) | LL.M.UG 80PG 60
Faculty of Law, Delhi UniversityD.U LL.BLL.B. | LL.M.UG 2310PG 100
Symbiosis Law School, PuneSETB.A LL.B. (H) | B.B.A LL.B. (H) | LL.M*(*started 2014*onward)UG 300PG 60
Gujarat National Law University, GandhinagarCLATB.A/B.Com/B.B.A/B.Sc/BSW LL.B. (H)UG 180PG 40
National Law Institute University (NLIU), BhopalCLATB.A LL.B. (H) | LL.M.UG 120PG 47
Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim UniversityEntrance TestB.A LL.B. (H)UG 100
ILS Law College, PuneAcademic CutoffB.A. LL.B. (H) | LL.B. | LL.M.UG 400PG 60
National Law Institute University, JodhpurCLATB.B.A LL.B.(H) | B.A LL.B (H) | B.Sc. LL.B (H)UG 115PG 100
Law School, Banaras Hindu University, VaranasiEntrance TestLL.B. (H) | LL.MUG 384PG 53
Amity Law School, DelhiCETB.A L.L.B (H) | LL.MUG 80
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), PunjabCLATB.B.A. LL.B.(H) | LL.MUG 120PG 40
Government Law College, MumbaiAcademic CutoffLL.B | B.L.S. LL.BUG 560
University College of Law, Osmania University, HyderabadLaw CETLL.B. | B.A. LL.B | LL.MUG 120
The WB National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), KolkataCLATB.A/B.Sc LL.B. | LL.M.UG 125PG 42
Bangalore Institute of Legal StudiesAcademic CutoffB.A. LL.BUG 60
School of Law, Christ University, BangaloreEntrance TestB.A. LL.B (H) | B.B.A. LL.B (H) | LL.MUG 300
Faculty of Law, University of AllahabadEntrance TestB.A LL.B | LL.B | LL.MUG 616
Faculty of Law, Jamia Milla Islamia, DelhiEntrance TestB.A LL.B | LL.MUG 80PG 20
Army Institute of Law, MohaliEntrance TestB.A LL.BUG 80

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Entrance Exams for Law Careers :

In order to pursue a career in law, you need to apply for and qualify entrance exams for the same. The entrance exams for LL.B courses are similar to any other professional course. The exam tests students on General Knowledge, English, Numerical Ability, Logical reasoning, and Legal Aptitude. Some of the commonly held entrance exams are:

Entrance ExamParticipating Law SchoolsSeatsExam TypeAvailability of Application Forms
CLAT14 NLUsUG 1660PG 491NationalJanuary
LSATmore than 60 Law Colleges in India InternationalNovember
AILETFor admission to NLU (Delhi exclusively)UG 80PG 20NationalJanuary
SETSymbiosis UniversityUG 480PG 60NationalFebruary

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Some of the top Law firms in India:

  • Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. AZB & Partners
  • Khaitan & Co
  • J Sagar Associates (JSA)
  • Luthra & Luthra
  • Trilegal
  • Nishith Desai Associates
  • Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan
  • S & R Associates
  • Talwar Thakore & Associates
  • Platinum Partners
  • Desai & Diwanji
  • Kochhar & Co
  • Finsec Law Advisors
  • Phoenix Legal

Law as a Career

Law students are not limited to just practicing as an advocate in a courtroom. Legal studies offer a gamut of options to choose from, some are given below:

  • Legal Analyst
  • Document drafting Lawyer
  • Legal Journalist
  • Legal Advisor
  • Solicitor General
  • Law School Professor
  • Working with an NGO

The good news is, the scope for a legal practitioner in India has grown tremendously in the past few years. India has opened its gates to many overseas law firms over time. Legal Process Outsourcing, better known as LPO, has started to recruit young law graduates for their processes dealing in US laws or UK laws.

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