CLAT as a Career

Is It the Right Career for Me?
Law is a career which requires loads of patience and logical skills. It takes loads of hard work and dedication to become a successful lawyer. First generation lawyers particularly face numerous problems in their profession as is true of every other profession. It becomes easier if one trains under a Senior Counsel in the beginning of their career. This is not to say that newbies cannot make it own their own. Anything is possible with determination and of course, hard work. Great communication skills and a faculty for critical analysis and articulation are pre-requisites for lawyers. Therefore, one should analyze these points before opting for law as a career.

Tips for Getting Hired
Candidates who do five years BA LLB from top law schools like NLSUI Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad get attractive job offers from law firms and ITES firms. Many also opt to start their own practice. All law graduates who wish to practice in the courts have to register themselves in the Bar Council of India (BCI) and practice in courts under senior lawyers.
Practical training in court can enhance your chances of getting hired by law firms and with senior lawyers. Though most of the law colleges impart practical legal education to final year law students, it is students who should take initiative and start visiting court proceedings in the final year to understand the day-to-day affair.


Job Prospects
There are a plethora of opportunities for a law graduate. One can either practice as an advocate in a court of law or work with corporate firms. By clearing exams conducted by Public Service Commissions, a law graduate can become a judge. After gaining experience, a law graduate can hope to become Solicitor General, a Public Prosecutor or offer services to government departments and ministries. One can also work as a legal adviser for various organisations. Teaching in colleges, working with NGOs  etc.

Core Legal Careers

  1. Lawyer (also called Attorney, Counselor, Solicitor, Barrister, Advocate)]
  2. Paralegal (also called Legal Assistant)
  3. Legal Secretary (also called Adminstrative Assistant or Legal Assistant)

Careers in Legal & Administrative Support

  1. Legal Assistant
  2. File Clerk
  3. Court Messenger
  4. Copy Center Professional
  5. Mailroom Clerk
  6. Administrative Assistant

Careers in Litigation Support

  1. Litigation Support Professional
  2. Hybrid Paralegal
  3. E-Discovery Professional
  4. Practice Support Professional
  5. Document Coder
  6. Litigation Support Analyst
  7. Litigation Support Specialist
  8. Project Manager
  9. Litigation Support Manager or Director

Careers in the Courtroom

  1. Judge
  2. Magistrate
  3. Law Clerk
  4. Mediator (also called Arbitrator or Conciliator)

Careers in Court Reporting

  1. Court Reporter (also called Stenographer)
  2. Broadcast Captioner
  3. CART Provider (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
  4. Webcaster

Careers in Legal Consulting

  1. Legal Nurse Consultant
  2. Trial Technology Consultant
  3. Jury Consultant
  4. Trial Consultant
  5. EDD Consultant
  6. Computer Forensics Professional
  7. Legal Software Consultant
  8. Legal Marketing Consultant
  9. Forensic Scientist
  10. Legal Videographer
  11. Legal Investigator
  12. Accident Reconstructionist
  13. Legal Management Consultant
  14. Document Management Specialist

Careers in Legal Publishing

  1. Legal Publisher
  2. Legal Writer
  3. Legal Editor
  4. Legal Web Manager

Careers in Legal Administration

  1. Law Firm Administrator
  2. Contract Administrator
  3. Law Firm Marketer
  4. Practice Administrator

Careers in the Courthouse

  1. Courtroom Deputy
  2. Court Administrator
  3. Court Interpreter
  4. Courtroom Technology Specialist
  5. Court Clerk
  6. Prothonotary

Careers in Legal Education

  1. Law Professor
  2. Law School Dean
  3. Law School Admissions Officer
  4. Legal Career Counselor
  5. Paralegal Instructor
  6. Legal Researcher

Careers in Intellectual Property

  1. Patent Attorney
  2. IP Docketing Specialist
  3. Patent Designer & Illustrator
  4. Patent Agent
  5. Patent Clerk

Careers in the Political System

  1. Attorney General
  2. District Attorney
  3. Legislator
  4. Legislative Aide
  5. Legislative Staffer
  6. Legal Analyst
  7. Lobbyist

Miscellaneous Legal Careers

  1. Compliance Specialist
  2. Conflicts Analyst
  3. Legal Recruiter

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