Law as Career after 12th
In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the study of law is useful in a number of ways. It qualifies a man to be useful for himself to his neighbours and the public. The first step for being a lawyer starts after completion of class 12 as many aspirants opt for the five-year BA LLB program right after class 12. Law entrance exams. Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT). CLAT is the gateway to top law universities in India and it is time to get ahead in the race with proper preparation strategy. Students who are willing to go for the CLAT exam must try to get hold of all the CLAT sample papers of previous years and start practicing in order to get the feel of what they are going to encounter ahead through the preparation and exam. The other benefit of solving CLAT sample papers or previous year question papers is that the more questions you answer the more you get an idea about the reoccurrence of questions. At the initial stage of preparation by solving sample papers you can also evaluate yourself and find out the exact time you need to answer all the questions. Solving sample papers will also help you to identify the weak areas and you can combat them.
The difficulty level of the papers has been moderate and practicing consistently will help the students to get a grip on the subject and the exam pattern. CLAT exams usually take place in online mode. The law aspirants should get used to the online environment and take up as many Computer-Based mock tests as possible. Online exams are good from the student’s perspective as they can edit their answers as many times as possible. One of the major disadvantages for the students in an online mode according to me is that the entire question paper cannot be scanned in one go as only one question appears on the screen at a time.
Let it not worry you as the rest of your competitors will also be sailing in the same boat facing the same issue. According to me, everyone is unique in their own ways. We have the best knowledge of our strengths and weaknesses thus every individual student should have their own preparation strategy as per their capability and dedication but my advice to students is to start as early as possible.
Students after 10th onwards should make it a habit to read about current affairs regularly and if possible, they should also read about leading judgments passed by the Supreme Court and high courts. One of the main areas in which I faltered in my CLAT exam is that the students should try to improve their vocabulary by reading English newspapers Like The Hindu and Times of India which help us to increase both vocabulary and general knowledge. Students should also think of proper time management. It is best to devise a strategy like how much time you need to devote to each section and stick to it till the end. Coaching classes are often useful as students get to sit for mock tests where they can evaluate themselves before going for the final test. According to my own experience, I feel that the legal aptitude section is a crucial section and students might need extra help in that area. There are some extraordinary situations like a tie-up of marks between the students. In that scenario, the committee will give a higher rank to the student who scores more in the legal aptitude section. For mathematics, one can just brush up their basic skills by picking up a standard book till the 10th level. For legal aptitude and logical reasoning, students should read books recommended by their teachers which are mostly required for competitive exams. Law as a profession is in great demand these days due to the changing social and economic circumstances and ever-increasing regulatory role being undertaken by the government. Lawyers have been the driving force behind our independence movement.
A number of prominent freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru was also great lawyers. Lawyers are held in high esteem in our society and there remains a faith that when everything fails one can still trace the path of the legal system. Some of the main functions of a lawyer are to advise their clients about their legal rights and recommend a course of action in a meticulous manner. Lawyers also counsel clients and pre-legal documents such as wills, contracts, and other negotiations on legal matters. They may also represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings. One thing which stands out in law as a profession is an academic excellence. The CGPA you have scored in your semester exams does not count on success in this profession. Professional competency acquired through experience and practice with lawyers is the benchmark of success in the law profession.
There are various areas of specialisation in this field which one can choose from :
Pros and cons of becoming a lawyer
Pros- opportunity to work on a number of burning legal issues. It is a rewarding job both materialistically and respectfully. It is a much-secured job if you are working as a corporate lawyer or for some Institution. Being in the law profession is very exciting as boredom will never settle upon you as you will be handling different types of people on a daily basis
Cons- You might end up making a number of enemies while fighting for several different Civil and criminal cases. Law as a profession is very demanding in order to achieve success as you will be fighting many cases simultaneously as you get to a higher rank. Long working hours with tight deadlines
Perks- Campus recruitment at prestigious law colleges start as high as Rupees 35000 to 50000 per month. The sky is the limit as you rise up the ranks.
Law entrance exam syllabus
- English including comprehension
- General knowledge and current affairs
- Elementary Mathematics
- Legal aptitude or legal awareness.
- Logical reasoning.