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Know more about Common Law Admission Test and career options in law

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Know more about Common Law Admission Test and career options in law

Dr. Versha Vahin- a Legal career consultant and Faculty, NLSIU, Bangalore speaks to Vrushali Mahajan of Newsgram

Law has been one of the popular fields in education. Preparing for these exams is a tough job. If you plan to take law as a profession, you must keep these points in mind so that you know more about it from our exclusive interview with Dr. Versha Vahini.

Dr Versha Vahini, career consultant
Dr Versha Vahini, career consultant

Vrushali Mahajan (VM): The demand for the courses and profession of law has surged manifold of late? What do you think is the reason for that?

Dr. Versha Vahini (VV): It is one of highly paid professions in the US and  slowly catching up to its dignified place in India too. There was a time when people did not want to opt for law. It was taken up by those, who did not get admission in engineering or medicine. But today, the scenario is changed. Law courses are more in demand. This may be attributed to the newer avenues thrown opened by more commercialized and globalized world. Earlier the practice of law was confined to court rooms. But now it is spreading out of the court premises. Today everywhere law professionals are needed. Corporate too need lawyers to in their commercial and administrative activities. Organizations need lawyers to oversee their compliance with legal requirements. Even individuals need legal professional be it in family matters or taxation or property matters etc.

VM: Lawyers play an important role in the polity too? what is your opinion?

VV: Absolutely. If you look at the freedom struggle, lawyers not merely led mass freedom movements but also played constructive role in bringing about social and legal changes in the society. Be it Mahatama Gandhi, Dr. Ambedkar, Pt. Nehru or other important leaders, all were lawyers. They all have contributed significantly in the nation building.

Lady justice statue. Image source wikipedia
Lady justice statue. Image source Wikimedia

VM: What are the skills required to become a distinguished lawyer?

VV: To become a notable and distinguished legal professional, it is important to develop certain skills. These skills may not necessarily be innate or natural or god gifted. The skills required can be developed with education, training, practice, hard-work and perseverance.  One needs to develop critical and lateral thinking and eye for analysis. Most significantly, a lawyer must have is ethical quotient in order to earn esteem and reverence.

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High court of Karnataka. Image source: Wikimedia commons
High court of Karnataka. Image source: Wikimedia commons

VM: What about the legal education and law courses?

VV: The basic qualification to become a lawyer is to obtain LLB degree. Currently there are more than 1500 law institutes (which includes private and government colleges, departments in Universities and specialized law universities) offering LLB courses. LLB courses, which a student opts for must be recognized by Bar Council of India.  There are 3 years and 5 years law courses offered by law institutes. Five years course is done after 10+12 and three years course after bachelors in any stream. Currently there are 18 specialized Law Universities, commonly known as National Law Universities, of which 17 conduct common admission test under the aegis of CLAT to give admission in their universities. NLU, Delhi conducts its own admission test (All India Law Entrance Test, AILET).

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Image source:Wikimedia commons

VM: Are Law courses affordable to the general public?

VV: Higher education in general and Law courses in particular have become quite expensive and unaffordable for many.  Most of the National Law Universities are mandatorily residential. So, one has to spend more in these universities in comparison to other law colleges. One can find wide range of colleges offering LLB and LLM (Master of law) courses with their fees between 30K per annum to 150K excluding boarding and lodging. There is hardly any college which offers any grant or financial assistance for law courses. However some government colleges and universities have some financial aid schemes for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). To the extent that education is mostly self-financed, one can say quality legal education is fast becoming non-affordable for the majority.

VM: What are the career options available after Law courses?

VV: There are quite a number of options available for law graduates. Apart from traditional solo court practice (litigation), one can opt to be an in-house counsel in companies and corporations (mostly non-litigating), join law firms (kind of organized form of law practice) in either litigation or consultancy or transaction based law practice. One can also opt for higher studies in order to go for teaching and research. There are in fact many legal education institutes where researchers, apart from teachers, are in demand.

-by Vrushali Mahajan. Vrushali is pursuing her graduation in Journalism and is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @Vrushali Mahajan 

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New Delhi, Oct 5 : After stepping into Bollywood in 2008 with superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” to producing films and now owning a clothing line, actress Anushka Sharma has been on a roll. She says she has more ambitions to fulfil and hopes to develop her business ventures with a vengeance.

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“I feel happy with what I have achieved so far, but I have miles to go and more ambitions. I hope to develop my entrepreneurial ventures further,” Anushka told IANS over email from Mumbai, when asked about her career graph.

She says she wants to continue entertaining her fans.

“I want to continue working in roles and films that entertain, engage and are viewed in posterity as creatively qualitative. I haven’t achieved it all, there’s more to do in the years to come,” added the actress, who had her first modelling assignment for designer Wendell Rodricks in 2007.

The “NH10” actress, 29, who has worked with Bollywood’s three Khans — Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir, says rather than looking back at her journey and contemplate, she prefers to use the learning to do better.

“I prefer to take learnings and acquired understanding from my years in the film industry. Experience teaches you patience, consistency and persistence. I hope these will always define my work,” she said.

What has been more daunting — being an actress, producer or an entrepreneur?

“None of it is daunting, all of it is very enjoyable and exciting. I love doing all of it, and wish there was time to do even more,” she said.

Anushka describes her clothing line Nush as “accessible high street fashion”. She says she wanted to create “everyday clothes for everyday events” and that it is “built around Indian needs and sensibilities”.

The line caters to all sizes from small to XXL.

“It caters to women and girls from all age groups and also to all senses of styles,” she said.

“We have been working on creating an apparel line for over a year’s time. Now that we are confident about the product and our distribution across India, we have decided to go ahead and launch it,” she said.

On the film front, Anushka’s next is “Pari” and she says the role was challenging.

“Let’s just say the role challenged me and the film will hold up what we aim to do at Clean Slate Films — tell solid, engaging stories on cinema,” she added.

She will also be seen with actor Varun Dhawan in the upcoming film “Sui Dhaaga – Made in India”, touted as a story of self reliance aimed to connect with every Indian.

“It’s very early to talk about ‘Sui Dhaaga’, but I am excited about the film, and look forward to shooting it.”

To be directed by Sharat Katariya and written by Maneesh Sharma, the film will go on the floors from January next year. The film will hit the screens for Gandhi Jayanti 2018.(Interview Conducted By Durga Chakravarty of IANS)

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The Opportunist Candidates

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The Anti-Boss Candidates

Don’t bitch endlessly about your former boss. “We didn’t get along” or “it wasn’t working out” is enough. 

“He was an asshole” is too much.

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The Flawed CV Candidates

If you’re bringing a hard copy of your CV, great. PLEASE ensure that it is (a) thoroughly spell-checked and (b) not severely crumpled.

The Oversmart candidates

When I quiz you about something that concerns me on your CV, don’t tell me you’ve looked mine up and “we’re basically the same”. You’re 22.

The stoner Candidates

Don’t come stoned. YOU think you’re a “functional junkie”/ “more creative” when high, but those aren’t sentences you’re making. They’re sounds

The Sloppy Candidates

PLEASE look like you’ve showered at some point in the last 24 hours. Comb your hair. Cut your nails. Don’t wear rubber chappals.

The Doubtful Candidates

If I give you a quick assignment/copy test, I’m testing you on a key skill I need you to have. Saying “do I have to?” is just…

The Freelancer Candidates

“Is it cool if I freelance on the side?”

(a) NO, DUDE. And (b) if your side hustle was working, you wouldn’t be applying for a main squeeze


The ‘Never Give Up’ Candidates

Also, if you sense that the interview is going badly, I’m the wrong person to say “Can you hook me up with AIB or EIC?” to on your way out.

The Social Candidates

If you’re coming for an interview with a friend, no problem, but when there’s only one opening, don’t give the package deal ultimatum.

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Bar Council Of India identifies 260 lawyers in Tripura as non-practising

260 lawyers in Tripura barred from practicing advocacy and and also ripped off their membership from Bars

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Agartala, March 8, 2017: About 260 lawyers in Tripura have been identified as non-practising by the Bar Council of Tripura; including Ramendra Debnath – state assembly Speaker along with several political stalwarts.

Samir Ranjan Burman, former chief minister, Subal Bhaumick, Vice President of BJP’s State unit and Sudip Roy Burman, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader are some of the eminent politicians included in the list as per a PTI report.

As per instructions from the Bar Council of India (BCI), the identification process of non-practising lawyers had begun an year ago and was now complete with the list, Piyush Kanti Biswas, Chairman of Bar Council of Tripura informed the PTI.

Biswas said, “ We have submitted the lists of the non-practising lawyers to all the courts and they would be barred from practising advocacy from now on and their membership from Bars would be cancelled.”

Another senior advocate said that the debarred lawyers would have to apply freshly seeking permission to restart their practice. Their prayer would be examined as per the Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015.

He said that the names of all the lawyers who had not been practising in the courts for the last five consecutive years have been delisted from the list of practising lawyers.

The Supreme Court had ordered the BCI to run such a process of identification of non-practising lawyers.

– prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf