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Law as a career – Success all the way

Students having a knack for mild experimentation and the will to step out of the B. Tech + MBA box have often sought ‘law’ as a worthy alternative. Let’s face it, medical is tough and not everyone’s cup of tea right? And Finance related fields simply tend to take a toll on the best of us. Traditionally, world over, lawyers have played a major role in shaping the future of many developed countries and MNC’s alike. Some of the most popular leaders in the past and present have pursued law at some point of time, in their lives.

Since the time legal education begun to be considered as an important component of the legal profession, an act was passed by the parliament. Under the act, the bar council of India would be the supreme regulatory body to oversee the growing legal profession, ensure compliance to the law and maintenance of professional standards by legal profession practitioners in the country.

To raise academic standards, the bar council set up specialized law universities, solely devoted to legal education, the first of which (National Law School) was established in Bangalore, in 1985.

NLS offered a five year law course upon the successful completion of which, an integrated degree with the title “B.A. LLB (Honours)” would be granted. Most of the premium law universities today offer admission to students after their class 12th, short listing them based on an entrance exam.

In today’s day and age, people no longer assume that law is for those candidates who failed to get into the more demanding of streams. The NLU’s of India offer jobs that are at par with graduates of IITs and IIMs. A degree in law with the NLU arms you with all the requisite skills required in the profession and a plethora of opportunities suited to every student’s personality.

Today, practicing as an advocate in court draped in black and white is not the only option left after you complete your law course. Fields like corporate law, intellectual property rights and taxation have emerged as promising career avenues after law graduation. Corporate houses are spending heavily to hire specialized lawyers for providing legal aid. Law firms are shelling out as much as 15 lakh to recruit fresh law graduates from the NLUs and things only get better as one progresses in one’s career.

The growing popularity of the NLUs and law as a career is further manifested by the manifold increase in the number of applicants writing major law entrance exams every year, primarily the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).

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