Private legal practice is a very popular opening or opportunity for a qualified legal professional. In the bigger cities, law firms have made their appearance and they employ a number of lawyers At senior as well as junior levels. These firms may specialize in a certain branch of law or may have different departments to deal with different types of cases. In these firms a young lawyer stands to gain a lot of exposure. Since it is a regular paid job and incumbent has no pressure of trying to build up a practice for income and can utilize the opportunity to decide on the type of cases they are better able to handle while also establishing business contacts which may help for future growth. The corporate sector is a major employer of legal professionals. These professionals depends on their experience, expertise as well as the volume of business of the company. A major growth sector for legal professionals in present times.
Jobs in Law
The defence services also have openings for lawyers in their Judge Advocate General’s (JAGS) Department. Selection to these posts is on the basis of performance of the candidate in the Services Selection Board (SSS) Interview, Group Testing and Psychological Testing. For a competitive examination conducted by the State Public Service Commissions of the Government jobs are another avenue for employment of law graduates in respective states. Apart from general awareness the competitive examination also includes an evaluation of legal knowledge and aptitude. In the judicial service of the states one moves from munshi to sub-judge to district judge (who Represents the highest judicial authority for the district in civil and criminal matters). A district judge may eventually become a Judge of the High Court of the state after putting in a certain years of service as well as depending on vacancies arising at the time. The other route to becoming a judge is after putting in a specified years of practice in a particular Court in a successful manner.
The BA LLB is the most common course, which is being done by lawyers today for becoming trained Professionals in the field of law. BA LLB subjects revolve around the various aspects of traditional and modern legal practices.
Modern day Law
Many lawyers in private practice are taken on as retainers by different companies and institutions To act on their behalf on legal disputes and clarifications. They are paid a retainer ship fee with additional remuneration to handle specific cases. Some lawyers who have shown competence and success may also be taken on by the government to represent it on legal disputes and handle government cases. This is considered to be a major opportunity. Teaching is an option which is conveniently taken up after completing a post-graduate degree for senior advisory posts in the government a post-graduate qualification in law is useful. A law degree is an asset for a practicing Company Secretary and in the field of Labour and Social Welfare.
Modernisation, industrialisation and globalisation of markets have created novel channels of employment for lawyers. Sophistication in the practice of law has also streamlined the operation of private practitioners and many lawyers now work on computers where case studies, reports, etc are filed away for reference and CD-ROMS take the place of shelves lined with law books. Both challenging, and well paying this profession involves meeting and interacting with people from various walks of life.
With the legal complications multiplying by the day and increased corporate activity, legal professionals are in demand in every sphere of activity. Entry level remuneration can be upward of Rs.8000/- in a law firm while the top-notch offer fees at Rs.20,000 – Rs.25,000 monthly pay packages especially when they are from reputed colleges.
As on personal qualities and skills built up over time as on the quality of legal education he/she has Undergone. The success a lawyer can achieve in the sphere of activity he/she is engaged in depends as much on the Law schools.
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