Career as Lawyer

Career as a Lawyer

About Lawyer

Advocates or lawyers are advisors and solution providers to legal issues that could range from disputes of property, marriages, divorce, criminal offences to even the rights of an individual etc. Lawyers are the ones who represent their clients in court - be it initiating a lawsuit, attending formal hearings, documenting legal papers, assessing the cases to come up with solutions and so on. Becoming a lawyer requires one to obtain extensive training in legal procedures and to be familiar with the laws that have been laid down by the constitution. A lawyers or advocate can either deal with individual clients, government agencies or corporate houses etc.

Eligibility to become Lawyer

  • A candidate should have have passed from a recognised board with an aggregate of 50% marks. (relaxation rules apply for different categories and varies from college to college)

  • Should have a valid law entrance exam score

  • Certain colleges also follow an age restriction for law course admissions

Types of Job Roles Lawyer

When you attain the necessary education qualification to become a lawyer, there are a variety of Lawyer job profiles that you can target basis your interest areas and legal acumen. Following are some of the job profiles for lawyers and advocates that you can opt for:

 

Mediators, Arbitrators or Conciliators - They solve disputes between the parties while negotiating outside the court system.

 

Legal Assistants and/or Paralegals - They assist lawyers in maintaining files, conducting research, working on the case etc.

 

Lawyers - Lawyers ideally defend their clients in the courtrooms. Apart from that, they also work as guest lecturers, assist in corporate affairs etc.

 

Judge / Hearing Officers - They are the decision makers in a dispute. They conduct pre-trial hearings, assess the evidence presented, interpret the law and roll out unbiased and fair judgements.

 

Family Lawyers - They advise the clients on legal issues pertaining to child custody, divorce, domestic violence, adoption proceedings etc.

 

Securities Lawyers - They advise the clients or corporations to adhere to laws relating to buying and selling stocks while ensuring that disclosure requirements are met.

 

Environmental Lawyers - They deal with issues that are critical to the environment and largely work with advocacy groups, government agencies to ensure all the environmental laws are adhered to.

 

Tax Lawyers - They handle the different kinds tax-related issues of corporations as well as individuals while keeping up with the Indian Revenue Services (IRS) rules.

Employment Opportunities for Lawyers:

Lawyers can find a variety of employment opportunities in the different sectors. Some of the top sectors that hire lawyers or legal advisors include the following but are not limited to:

 

  • Corporate businesses

  • MNCs

  • Media and Entertainment houses

  • Political Parties

  • Engineering firms

  • Information Technology companies

  • Finance companies

  • Consulting Firms

  • Universities and Colleges

Pay Scale/Salary of Lawyer

The salary of a lawyer may vary according to the specialization he/she may work in and the experience one holds. It usually increases with exposure, time and knowledge enhancement.

Following are some relative salary figures for different types of lawyers:


 

Job Profile

Starting Salary per annum (in INR)

Mid Level Salary per annum (in INR)

Senior Level Salary per annum (INR)

Legal Assistant

2,75,000

4,85,000

7,50,000

Junior Associate Attorney

2,50,000

4,50,000

6,50,000

Lawyer/ Attorney

7,00,000

10,00,000

12,00,000

Corporate Lawyer

6,00,000

8,50,000

11,50,000

Associate Attorney

5,40,000

8,00,000

10,50,000

 

Note: The above figures are an estimate and may vary from individual to individual and company to company.

Books & Study Material to Become Lawyer

In order to make it to a good law college in India, it is important to clear national level exams such as AILET, CLAT or LSAT or other university-specific law exams such as IPU CET Law, DU LLB, BHU UET Law etc. For that, one needs to have a clear understanding of the best books and study material for law exams that they can bank on. Some of the best books and study material for aspiring lawyers is as follows:

 

  • Legal Aptitude by RK Gupta

  • Study Package for CLAT and other LLB Entrance Exams by AP Bhardwaj

  • LST CLAT Books and Material Book Set

  • Universal’s Guide to CLAT, AILET and LLB Entrances

  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

Pros of becoming a Lawyer

  • High earning potential as lawyers are among the top paid professionals in the country

  • Lawyers enjoy a lot of prestige and power ultimately leading to respect and success

  • They get the opportunity to help others and work towards equality in all respects while abiding by the law

  • There are diverse opportunities in the field of law - family, corporate, financial, civil, criminal etc.

  • Lawyers can earn additional income by working as consultants, guest lecturers at law colleges, public speakers etc.

Cons of becoming a Lawyer

  • Lawyers may require to work under stress while abiding by deadlines, client demands, changing laws etc.

  • Competitive job market in the field of law is another disadvantage of picking up a career as a lawyer

  • Workload of lawyers often translates into long working hours that may add to fatigue and health issues of the individual.

Paths for Being Lawyer