Law in Frequently Asked Questions

– What are the opportunities after doing law?
Law offers a wide range of opportunities. A degree in Law is the basic qualification for the judicial services. Law is also one of the favourite subjects of the civil services aspirants. With the opening up of the economy, the opportunities in the multinational law firms and consultancy organisations are also rising.
The opportunities of higher studies like LL.M. and LL.D. also exist for the bibliophiles, leading to the positions of teachers and professors in universities and other Law Institutes.
Then, of course, practice in a Court of Law. The option can be hugely rewarding in terms of money and satisfaction, though definitely it has its share of initial hiccups.

– Is Law a good option for the science students?
Definitely. With prestige, money, and satisfaction attached to this profession, which is fast overtaking the same in many conventional careers, very good students are taking up Law as a career. And that too, not as the last option, but as the first.

– What is the minimum eligibility condition?
Though it varies a little from one institute to the other, generally +2 with 50% marks is the condition for 5-yr Law course. For 3-yr Law, graduation with 50% (in some cases, 45%) is the eligibility condition. Generally, there is some relaxation for the candidates from reserved categories.

– Is the family background in Law necessary to be a successful lawyer?
There is no denying that the family background can be a definite facilitator for the start, as the practice thrives on contacts. However, top class training from a premier institute can more than compensate this factor.

– How can I get into a good Law School?
Almost, every Law school conducts its entrance exam and admits students on the basis of their performance in the exam.

– Is there any common entrance test for the national schools?
Every Law school conducts its own entrance exam. However, the areas covered in the tests are similar and the test patterns also are broadly similar, with a little difference in emphasis on particular areas

– Is the entrance exam really tough?
With the increasing number of brilliant students opting for Law, the competition is on the rise. But a systematic preparation can see the student through to any top Law School.

– Is there any weightage to the academic achievements in the admission process or is it only on the basis of the entrance exam ?
Most of the institutes admit students on the basis of the entrance tests only. However, some institutes like Panjab University give equal weightage to the percentage in the qualifying examination and prepare a final merit list, on the basis of performance in the entrance test and the qualifying exam. Some institutes, like ILS, Pune admit students only on the basis of the marks scored in the qualifying exam and do not conduct any entrance test.

– Is there any interview after clearing the entrance exam?
There is no interview, but a counseling session is conducted, primarily for ascertaining the willingness of the candidates and to check their original documents.

– What range of the remuneration can I expect after doing Law from a top Law School?
This year the students at NALSAR got placements with packages varying between Rs. 3 lacs -9 lacs p.a. This is an indication of the trend in the coming years.

– Are there any short term courses in Law?
Quite a few institutes conduct short-term diploma courses. However, a professional degree course in Law is a must to do practice in a Court of Law. The diploma courses can be for enhancing the knowledge or to add-on after a degree course.

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