Is your child considering a career in law? Help him make an informed choice. Here's what he needs to know.
Has your child decided what he wants to do? Help him make an informed
choice, by giving him as much information on the careers that interest
him. If your child is interested in law, here's what he needs to know.
There was a time when the only options we heard of with regard to law, was civil or
criminal. Now things have changed tremendously, and the options after
gaining a law degree are immense, and are continuously growing in India
as more and more multinationals open up here.
Students could study corporate law, mediation and negotiation, international law, intellectual property law, environmental law, women's law, human rights law and labour law, just to name a few alternatives. He could study further, do his PhD in international law, and work with the United Nations, or he could step out as soon as he graduates, and start practicing in courts.
Generally students first choose from 2 basic options:
To practice in courts
To work in a firm
Once they have made this decision, they need to select which stream of law interests them the most.
If your child talks confidently
and speaks well, he could consider going in for advocacy. It will no
doubt take time for your child to build up independent credibility and
to establish his practice, but if he does well, there is no limit to
how much money he can make! This can be a very lucrative line, but it
requires hard work and dedication. If your child selects to become an
advocate, he can also take pride in the fact that he helps ensure
justice gets done.
On the other hand, if she had been exposed to something so radically
different from her present lifestyle when she was no longer living at
home, she may have taken up smoking herself either with a desire to fit
in or simply to try something that seemed new and exiting.
It's that every now and again--not often, but occasionally--you get
to be a part of justice being done. That really is quite a thrill when
(Dialogue from the court scene in the motion picture Philadelphia, 1993)
Also, if your child is
interested in starting his own private practice, he can do so after a
few years of experience in advocacy, which is one of the advantages of
the legal profession.
Another great advantage is that once people hear your child is
a lawyer, few will want to mess with him. Lawyers are taken very
seriously, and you don't often hear of cases in which a lawyer was
Alternatively your child can opt to work in a law firm, or even
in the legal department of a multinational organization. Depending on
the firm or company, salaries can be very high.
The top three law colleges in the country, according to rank, are:
National Law School of India University
Symbiosis Law College, Pune
Government Law College, Mumbai
If your child wants to become a
lawyer, he should aim for gaining admission to the National Law School
of India University, situated in Bangalore. This is the premier law
institute in India, and once he graduates from here, he is pretty much
guaranteed a job. And although not many know this, but starting
salaries of students graduating from this university are equal to
starting salaries of MBA graduates from the top management schools.
Admission to this law college is not easy. Your child will need to take
an entrance exam, which is held in most cities in India.
Your child can apply for admission after the 12th standard, in
which case he will be admitted to the 5-year-course, or after
graduation, in which case he will be admitted to the 3-year-course.
Children are often undecided as to what they want to do after
the 12th, but if your child has made a decision, he should move on it
as soon as possible.
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