India today breeds the largest number of legal professionals in the world. According to reports, about half a million law students pass out from various colleges in India.
Law is vast and it touches all of us in some way or the other, law is not just about the intensity or the money or the status, it more than that. The Indian legal market is in a nascent stage in terms of growth. A law student with all desired skills, inherent interests has a wide range legal professional opportunities available these days.
In the given level of economic development and globalisation, the factors and future direction of legal education in India is immense. This profession has grown over a short span of less than 50 years to become one of the world's largest and most influential governance of the country.
Amidst mediocrity, the legal world has changed and opportunities for trained persons has grown phenomenally. With all this development, still, law as a career is kind of a defamed one. Legal education in India is completely different from what it was 10 years ago.
All credits to the upcoming National Law Universities in various states. Practicing in court is not the only option left after completing law course. The most advantageous aspect of this field is that it is not restricted to a specific background of a student.
Students from any background can prepare for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) which is a entrance test into the National Law Universities across the country. Admissions into a good law college, students will be competing with people from different backgrounds. To hone the skills of a successful lawyer, continued self-education is indispensable in emerging areas of practice.
Following are the various career options pertaining to study of law at a good university:
A practicing advocate: This is the most conventional route after law education. Indian courts leave very less scope for the first generation lawyers. It is always suggested for lawyers in heredity to opt for court practice.
Corporate Counsellors: With the growing craze for corporate firms, this offers a new career option for working as corporate counsels with law firms. These firms pay huge amounts to fight their legal cases. This industry also specialises into various fields, thus offering a lot of scope for graduating lawyers.
Civil Services or Judicial Services: Those students who are hard working can see themselves as future civil servants in the country, as pattern of studying law is similar to the Civil Services exam pattern. Thus, law students always have an edge as compared to the students from other fields.
Also, students can also opt to work with NGOs if you have a social bent mind or be an academician as law universities are facing huge deficit of good law teachers.
The legal profession in India has reoriented itself, it has immense potential to ambitious and hard working lawyers. Studying law at a good institute can make you a vibrant and confident lawyer.