Trying to break into the legal profession can be intellectually stimulating, personally fulfilling, and financially rewarding. Often, it is said – 'One can do literally anything after obtaining a law degree'. Despite the fact that the field of law offers a plethora of opportunities, young law graduates often struggle with answering the following question: What are my career options after graduating from law school and how should I pursue them? As a result of which, we have compiled the best careers available to law graduates in India.

CAREER OPTIONS AFTER LAW IN INDIA

LITIGATION/ ADVOCATE

Traditionally, a law graduate's career path has been to practice in court. Before practicing law in a court, there are certain prerequisites that must be met. These include passing the All-India Bar Exam and registering with the local Bar Council where you intend to practice.  This exam is held twice every year and tests an applicant's legal knowledge and analytical skills.

Trial advocates represent their clients in litigation from the district level all the way to the Supreme Court. These representations could be used for a civil or criminal case.

One can begin their career in this field by working with a well-established lawyer gaining experience before they decide to go freelance. Alternatively, one can also join a large firm and work through it.

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CORPORATE FIELD

The corporate law sector is a great place to work. A corporate lawyer ensures compliance with the law by the corporation and ensures that the policy and obligations of the company are followed. As a corporate lawyer one would give legal counsel to corporate clients concerning liability and business disputes, as well as represent them in court during trials.

 Corporate lawyers must be knowledgeable in a wide range of topics, including Competition Law, Advanced Company Law, Commercial Contract Drafting, Banking, and Financial Law, etc. Taking up exams such as LPC and BPTC establishes your position in the industry and gives you a strong edge over competitors.

JUDICIAL SERVICES

The judiciary is another excellent career option for law graduates. Judges are respected as a profession because of the honor they hold. Using the evidence presented in court, the judge analyzes and evaluates the defense and persecution, and then renders a well-calculated verdict.

In order to become a judge, candidates must pass a PCS J which is a national Level Judiciary Examination that the Public Service Commission organizes every year to fill up Civil Judge and other judicial positions throughout the country. The exam includes questions relating to current affairs, English, substantive and procedural civil and criminal law, property law, contract law, etc and the exam is held in two states namely Preliminary and main exam. As a result, you can become a Magistrate at the District level. Further promotion in higher courts would require certain qualifications, such as experience and age.

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CIVIL SERVICES

A lucrative career in civil services is a common choice among law graduates. The Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) is a central recruitment agency that carries out the examinations for appointments to union services. All these examinations consist of Group A and Group B of the central services. Since a significant portion of the exam curriculum (law-related) is covered in the undergrad law program, law graduates have an edge in the civil services examinations.

If the aspirants qualities the examination, they would be eligible to join the Air Force, Indian Army, or the Navy. For instance, the role of Judge Advocate General (JAG) in armed forces.

ACADEMIA

Academics and research are also important components of a law career in India, including pursuing an LL.M. and a Ph.D. in a specialized field of choice and then opting to become an Assistant Professor of Law. Students with impressive academic ability and the ability to explain and narrate complex topics to a group are ideal candidates for this field.

One can pursue an LL.M. either domestically or internationally. If interested in pursuing an LL.M. in India, he/she needs to appear for CLAT for Post Graduates. However, one is required to appear for an English proficiency test (such as TOEFL, IELTS) and apply to the respective colleges/universities to pursue a law degree abroad.

When one is familiarized with the complexities of law and procedure, as well as being in a position to comprehend its intricacies and having a flair for writing and research, one can also go ahead to publish and author law books, legal commentaries, law reports, and journals.

LEGAL JOURNALISM

Media and journalism are other options for law graduates since a legal education help you gain skills such as writing, narrative, and research, which are essential to the world of journalism. They write articles for both publications online and offline. Legal journalists may be invited to participate in conversations on legal issues as they possess strong law and current affairs knowledge. Law graduates who work in journalism will promote legal awareness among the citizens of a country.

In addition to writing, legal journalists can also work in visual media, such as television, the internet, and YouTube. It's a profession with a unique set of opportunities and challenges.

There are various diploma courses in Journalism and Mass Communication provided online one can pursue along with their law degree.

It can be seen that the legal field comes with a wide variety of opportunities and can get very competitive. Therefore, it is important to pick a profession based on one's interests and aspirations. As an example, if you are a creative person who loves writing, you may want to pursue a career in legal journalism. On the other hand, if you have strong interpersonal and oration skills, you may choose to become a civil lawyer. And once that's done all one needs to do is excel and develop in whatever profession or area of law they choose.