A lawyer is a person who has knowledge of the law and legal procedures and practices law, as an advocate, barrister, attorney, counselor or solicitor or chartered legal executive. One can become a criminal, civil, corporate or intellectual property lawyer. As a lawyer, one has to apply legal knowledge and theories to solve individual problems.
Some Famous Indian Lawyers
Step 1: Getting a Law degree and become an LLB graduate:
The “LL.B.” means the degree of Bachelor of Laws and is identical practically everywhere around the world. The “LL.B.” itself is Latin Legum Baccalaureus, literally ‘bachelor of laws’.
There are 2 types of courses for getting LLB degree:
3 years LLB Course:
The eligibility requirement for this course is that the applicant should already have a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognized institution with a minimum of 50% marks.
5 years LLB Course:
5 years course can be done immediately after passing 12th standard. There are several universities offering the 5-year LLB degree. There are many universities offering this course and admission is through entrance exam. The best and most famous entrance exam is the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), and 14 National Law Universities across India accepts marks from this entrance exam.
There is another national level exam known as Law School Admission Test (LSAT) whose marks are accepted in many universities. The test is conducted by the Law School Admission Council.
List of Top Universities in India:
The top universities in India offering the legal education are as the following:
1. National Law University, Delhi, New Delhi
2. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
3. National Law University, Jodhpur, Jodhpur
4. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
5. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
6. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow
7. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
8. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
9. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
10. National Law University Odisha
11. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam
12. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
13. National Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati
14. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Srirangam
15. Maharashtra National Law School, Nagpur
Distance Learning Courses:
Many universities offer distance learning(correspondence) courses in law. A point to remember is that distance learning law courses are not recognized by the Bar Council of India. So, even if you obtain a degree through distance learning, you will not be able to practice in a court of law.
If you want to become a lawyer in India and practice in the court, you need to obtain either a 3-year or 5-year full-time degree in law.
Job Opportunities as a Lawyer
After you become a lawyer, you can set up your law office, and practice independently.
Lawyer’s starting salary is extremely difficult to speak about. There are two types of lawyers in India one is a corporate lawyer and other is litigating one. Now there are small medium and big law firms for a corporate lawyer the range of package is from 2 lakh per annum to 20 lacs or more per annum for a fresh lawyer. Now in litigation, most of the lawyer who is fresher do juniorship in which they earn from nothing to 15000 rupees per month. There are advocates who are said to charge Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 1 crore for one Court appearance.
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