Law as a career option
"Everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
This very famous quote summarizes the dilemma that many students face after class XII. At this crucial juncture of their careers where they need to make a choice regarding the career they would like to pursue, they would be inundated with doubts regarding which stream they should pursue, the nature of the jobs it will provide, the best colleges to vie for, the entrance exams, areas of preparation etc.
'Law' has emerged as one of the best career options after class XII, considering many opportunities that it offers. The emergence of the National Law Schools, their world-class education and their national and international campus placements each year bears testimony to this fact. A graduation in law is much beyond being an advocate at a court of law. Going beyond the courtrooms, now the Law School graduates pursue very exciting career opportunities offered by
- Indian and International Law Firms
- Consulting and Advisory Companies
- MNCs and Corporate Legal Departments
- Legal Process Outsourcing (LPOs), etc.
In the Government sector, rewarding options such as the Civil Services, or the Legal Departments are indeed attractive. By clearing the Public Service Commissions exams, a law graduate could become a judge. The more academically oriented National Law School Graduates have joined the world's best Universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford and Yale too for higher education.
Exciting Career paths a law graduate could choose from
- Civil Litigation Lawyer: Specializes in civil laws such as taxation laws, excise laws.
- Criminal Lawyer: Specialises in criminal laws such as IPC, Evidence Act and other penal laws.
- Government Lawyer: Works for the government and in close coordination with the law enforcement.
- Legal Advisor: Offers consultancy to corporate firms, with regards to the legal obligations, duties, legal relations with other firms.
- Legal Analyst: Analyses laws pertaining to the sphere of the company and its operation.
- Legal Journalist: Covers crime news, legal proceedings in courts, arbitration courts and international courts.
What does Law as a career option after 10+2 mean?
Law is a 5-Year Integrated Programme offering degrees such as BA LLB, BBA LLB, BSc. LLB, B.Com. LLB with specializion in Civil Law, Tax Laws, Patent Laws, Criminal Laws, International Laws, Labour Laws, Cyber law, etc.
How they pay!
Organizations Salary Band* (in INR Per month)
- Law firms - 50,000 to 1,50,000
- Corporate Law - 45,000 to 1,00,000
- Litigation - Up to 50,000
- NGOs - 25,000 to 50,000
*The figures are indicative only and based on broad trends. It may vary from institute to institute and year to year.