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All You Need to Know About A Career As A Lawyer

Janvi Bhambri
Janvi BhambriUpdated On: May 30, 2022 03:58 pm IST

In order to be a lawyer, it is crucial to be aware of the right course, apt colleges, job opportunities and salary scope. Find out all that you want to know about the popular legal profession here!

All You Need to Know About A Career As A Lawyer

The job of a Lawyer is to provide services to the clients by advising them in cases related to legal matters. Also, they represent their clients in legal issues and disputes by defending them in court. The other name given to lawyers is attorneys. Lawyers often initiate lawsuits, participate in formal hearings, prepare legal documents, conduct law-related research etc. They represent all sorts of clients ranging from individuals, business corporations, government agencies etc.

A job in the legal field is never easy. It has plenty of merits and demerits. Lawyer encounters numerous challenges every day, however, they also get to enjoy plenty of perks. Read Pros and Cons of being a Lawyer to understand better!

A career as a lawyer requires extensive training in legal procedures, training and writing. The job of a lawyer can be highly stressful depending on the field they specialise in. Some of the areas in which lawyers have to work include Criminal law, Marriage and Divorce Law, Corporate Law, Taxes, Family Law, or Litigation.

Top Responsibilities of a Lawyer

The top responsibilities and duties of a lawyer have been defined below.

  • The job of a lawyer includes giving advice to their clients to help them make profitable business transactions, claim liability, and defend them in lawsuits or in cases of legal rights and obligations.

  • As a lawyer, one must be capable of interpreting laws, rules and regulations for corporate houses and private individuals.

  • Use their analytical skills to provide solutions to law-related problems.

  • Help the judges and juries to make better decisions by summarising cases.

  • Research and then evaluate findings to put forward powerful and strong arguments during the presentation of cases.

  • Interview people and witnesses to help their clients win the legal battles.

Career Path for a Lawyer

An individual needs to fulfil certain requirements in order to succeed as a lawyer. Below is the eligibility criteria to become a lawyer.

  • For students currently studying in school, who want to become a lawyer, there are no specific compulsory subjects, though subjects like English, History, Political Science, and Economics will further help to prepare for a law school.

  • Candidate must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree followed by obtaining a 3 year long LLB degree.

  • Aspirants can go for integrated LLB courses such as BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB, BA LLB, B.Tech LLB etc. Get the entire list of law courses here.

  • To enrol yourself in a law school, one will have to sit for the entrance tests conducted by law departments of various Universities. Some popular law entrance exams include LSAT India, CLAT, MH CET Law, AILET, SLAT, IPU CET Law etc.

  • After obtaining an LLB degree, you need to apply for an internship. This is a compulsory step as aspiring lawyers need to begin with hands-on law training to use their theoretical knowledge in real-life situations. Also, students get the opportunity to work in the field under pressure and guidance of senior lawyers.

  • The last and final step for becoming a practising lawyer is to enrol as an advocate in any State Bar Council regulated by the Advocates Act, 1961 and get himself/ herself a license.

Note: Applicants should opt for a bachelor's degree in the same field in which they want to do their law specialisation. For example in the case of tax attorneys, the student can opt for accounting, in case of environmental law, the student may consider studying environmental science.

Also Read: Career as a Government Lawyer

Skills Required to Become a Lawyer

The traits and skills owned by an individual play a crucial role along with the right legal qualification. Some of the important skills required to become a lawyer are provided below.

  • High analytical skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Research skills

  • Argumentation skills

  • Hard-working

  • Willing to work for long and irregular hours

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Good writing skills

Find a detailed analysis of the Skills Required to Become a Successful Lawyer!

Top Law Colleges in India to Become a Lawyer

Some of the highly prestigious and renowned colleges that offer quality education in law and prepare students for the competitive legal world are mentioned below.

College Name

Location

National Law School of India University

Bangalore, Karnataka

Biyani Group of Colleges (BGC)

Jaipur, Rajasthan

IFHE - Faculty of Law (ICFAI Law School)

Hyderabad, Telangana

NIMS University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

National Law University

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University - SOA

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University - JVWU

Jaipur, Rajasthan

National Law University

Delhi, Delhi

Shobhit University

Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

SAGE University

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Check the entire list of top law colleges and schools in India here!

Career Scope/Job Prospects for a Lawyer

Plenty of job opportunities are available for the interested candidates after a law degree. Provided below are a few of the popular job prospects for a lawyer.

Job Profile

Details

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

  • The job of an arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator is to try solve the dispute between parties by negotiation outside of the court system.

Judges and Hearing Officers

  • Judges and hearing officers are usually the ones to take decisions by applying the law in unsettled disputes.

  • Some of their other works include conducting pre-trial hearings, resolving administrative disputes, helping in negotiations between the two parties, and provide with legal decisions.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • The job of a paralegal and legal assistant is to help the lawyer while he/she is fighting a case.

  • A paralegal usually does this by conducting research, maintaining and organizing files and preparing required documents for the lawyer.

Attorneys/ Lawyers

  • An attorney is a lawyer that defends the clients in the courtroom.

  • Apart from practising law, seasoned attorneys may teach at colleges or universities, become corporate executives, or enter politics.

Also, there are different types of lawyers depending on the field of specialisation, such as the Environmental Lawyer, the Intellectual Property lawyers, the Family Lawyer, the Securities Lawyers, the Tax Lawyer, the Trial Lawyer, the Litigation Lawyer etc. 

If you are still confused about which profession is apt for you, take the Career Profiling Test. It will help you in shortlisting the most suitable job profile as per your aptitude, personality and Interests.

Also Read: Alternative Career Options for Lawyers / Law Graduates

Salary Earned by a Lawyer

Salary earned by a lawyer usually depends on the work experience and increases with time and knowledge. Following are the salaries earned at different positions by a lawyer.

Job Profile

Salary Data (Average)

Associate Attorney

₹490,501 per annum

Law Firm Partner

₹ 3,052,094 per annum

Corporate Lawyer

₹ 686,125 per annum

Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

₹ 490,501 per annum

Legal Assistant

₹ 405,016 per annum

Attorney / Lawyer

₹ 9,25,000 per annum

Junior Associate Attorney

₹ 2,44,168 per annum

To be a successful lawyer, an individual is required to pursue legal education from a top-notch law college. If you are confused about choosing the right course or educational institute, you can reach out to our admission experts on the helpline number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form. In case of any queries, write to us on the QnA zone.

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