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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).

Image source Wikimedia
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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    lawmentors.in looks promising,also adding to the above interview, one can opt for a 3 year course after the graduation from DU too,CLC ,New Delhi which has a good reputation and a delicate crowd and atmosphere to study in,
    Law profession in India has taken a turn to what it used to be and how people looked at it

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Law has become the new favorite of students. They should know about these institutions which would help them better with their future

  • Thank you for the information. This is well written and gives a lot of value for people who are looking to learn.

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Pakistani-Canadian Author Tarek Fatah: University Campus is not Immune to Politics

Seek freedom from burqa 1st, not CAA, says Tarek Fatah

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"Those who keep their wives and daughters in Burqa at home, send them for protests," says Tarek Fatah. Wikimedia Commons

BY VIVEK TRIPATHI

Pakistani-Canadian author Tarek Fatah has said that those opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) are prone to a “separatist mindset”. Raising questions on Muslim womens’ participation in anti-CAA demonstrations, he said before seeking freedom from the new citizenship law, they must seek freedom from the veil (burqa) first.

In a special interview with IANS, Fatah said that as far as the issue of anti-CAA protest is concerned, it began first in West Bengal, where some politicians have vested interests and are keen to expand their sphere of influence into state politics. Those who have settled here from Bangladesh or the erstwhile East Pakistan want to make West Bengal a Muslim majority state in order to increase their vote share. They are the people who are opposing the new law and some politicians are backing them.

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Fatah said, “NRC is still far away. But, as far as the CAA is concerned, what we have learnt from Assam is that it must be implemented. Pixabay

He said, “They are not like Indians. They think that if illegal migrants are not given citizenship, their plan which is all about Muslim Nationhood, will never succeed. This reflects their separatist mindset. So they have no solid ground for opposing the CAA.”

Fatah said, “NRC is still far away. But, as far as the CAA is concerned, what we have learnt from Assam is that it must be implemented. The government has openly said that it is a right step. Even Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan have such laws. I do not understand why people are opposing the CAA. If government wants to correct the data, well and good.”

Speaking about Muslim women’s participations in the protests, he said, “Those who keep their wives and daughters in Burqa at home, send them for protests. If you have the courage, why do you send your wives and children to protest. This is nothing but exploitation of children.”

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Regarding the National Citizenship Register (NRC), Fatah said, “It seems to me that Muslims fear that if the displaced Hindus in Bengal get citizenship, then the minorities will lose their place in Bengal. Pixabay

Fatah recalled meeting a Sikh from Kabul in Delhi, saying, “He faced an identity crisis in Afghanistan and came back to India. This law is for those who have already come to India due to religious persecution, people should understand it.”

On the question of CAA protests at educational institutions, he said university campus is not immune to politics. But it should be in the right direction.

Regarding the National Citizenship Register (NRC), Fatah said, “It seems to me that Muslims fear that if the displaced Hindus in Bengal get citizenship, then the minorities will lose their place in Bengal. The entire matter is of Muslim nationality.”

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On the issue of triple talaq, Tariq Fatah said that it has nothing to do with secularism. If we speak of secularism, what is the need of Muslim Personal Law Board. And there is definitely a need of uniform civil code. Seeking secularism in CAA and boycotting triple talaq is double standard of Muslims.”

On coming to Ayodhya, he said, “I have come here for the first time. For me it was like a Haj. The decision has been made. We have to be grateful to the people who have sheltered us in India. Here is a five thousand year old civilization, Muslims came here later, they came from outside. You cannot rule here by coming from outside. This is just as the Soviet Union cannot be ruled by America.” (IANS)