In recent times there has been a great inclination for students to pursue undergraduate degrees in law. Law is a field that is well established in our country and has been present since the Vedic ages. Just as any other walk of life, the competition to get into a good law school is also on the rise.
First of all, before following the general crowd it is important to understand what kind of job and future you will be setting fir yourself if you pursue law. A law degree has to be done with another bachelor’s degree. Some common combinations are, BA LLB and BBA LLB. The degree takes five years to complete and no doubt is a challenging one.
When it comes about job prospectus, for a law graduate there are plenty of opportunities. At the time of placement colleges usually provide placements in the following:
1) Law firm (Associate)
2) MNC (Legal officer)
3) Government Agency
4) Judicial Exams
5) Bank, Legal dept.
Everybody wants to get into the best college. All colleges have various admission requirements and criteria:
- National Law Schools: There are 16 National Law Universities all over India. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted on rotation by 16 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programs (LL.B. & LL.M.).The CLAT is an entrance exam which is restricted to Indian Nationals and NRI’s only. Foreign nationals are not allowed to write the CLAT examination. To write the CLAT every students has to register on the online portal and pay an examination fee which is non-refundable. There is an age capping of 20 years for all students who are taking the CLAT for UG admission. The CLAT is a 2 hour examination. It comprises of 200 multiple choice questions weighed at 1 mark each. CLAT has five sections: English including comprehension, General knowledge and current affairs, Elementary mathematics, Legal aptitude and Logical reasoning. They each have a weightage of 40,50,20,50 and 40 respectively. The CLAT examination follows the system of negative marking where one mark is cut for every wrong answer. There are plenty of coaching centers for the CLAT examination that provide extensive training and practice to students who are planning to write the examination. These centers also help you with the legal reasoning section which is the hardest of the five. One of the best ways to master the CLAT is by practicing multiple questions on a regular basis with guidance. There is a lot of good and easy to understand material available to study from. Having a through general knowledge base is essential to ace the CLAT examination.
- ILS Pune: This is also one of the country’s premiere and reputed law schools. This institute however does not require the CLAT examination. The entrance criteria for this law school is based on class 12 board exams results. ILS does not recognize any applications that are submitted with provisional grades or transcripts.
- NLU Delhi: NLU Delhi is another premiere law institute in India. It is however not a part of the group of National Law Schools. NLU Delhi conducts its own entrance exam, AILET. The AILET has 150 questions for 150 marks that must be attempted within 1 hour and 30 minutes. The AILET has sections on English, General Knowledge, Basic Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude. AILET does not follow the system of negative marking.
- Symbiosis Law School: This is one of the top private law colleges in India. They have their own entrance examination and do not require CLAT scores. Their examination is known as SET and follows a very similar pattern to that of CLAT. After the entrance test results are published there are two more rounds before getting admitted. The second round is an essay writing task where every shortlisted student has to write an essay in a stipulated time limit based on the topic given, which is mostly current affairs related. IN the last task the shortlisted students have a personal interview.
- SLCU: School of Law Christ University is another top private law college in India. They do not require CLAT score either and conduct their own entrance exam.
- LSAT: LSAT is another legal aptitude test which a lot of other colleges in India accept. In fact some colleges accept LSAT and not CLAT scores. LSAT is more scoring than the CLAT but the scores are not accepted by the nation’s premiere institutions.
Now that you have a fair idea of what you are heading towards, there should be no stopping. Work hard and reach your goals.
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