Law is a system of rules, enforced through a set of institutions, to ensure civilized behavior in a society; it is used to support political, social and economical structure in a society.
Academic excellence is not the main thing behind the success in this profession. Professional competence acquired through experience and practice with efficient lawyers is the main yardstick of success.
There are various areas of specializations in this field: corporation law, civil law, criminal law, international law, labor law, patent law, tax law and so on.
Minimum qualification to join a course in law (LLB) is 10+2. In addition to LLB. degree, many universities and institutes also offer other diploma courses in several disciplines of law. In most of the institutes/universities, selection is on the basis of an entrance test. The entrance examination is objective type in nature. The questions invariably cover areas like reasoning, general awareness, numerical aptitude, legal aptitude and preliminary political science.
Personal attributes:Success in this profession is not based on marks one obtains in the exam, but it is very much related to personal attributes. One must have good oral and written communication skills, logical reasoning, power of concentration, patience, good memory to relate and quote past cases to prove your point, ability to argue and discuss matters with a variety of people, self confidence, courage to deal with threats especially in criminal cases etc. One should have up-to-date information on any latest changes in law. A good library and a fair amount of reading are also important.
Course duration is of 5 years and is sponsored by the Bar Council of India.
P.G. Programs in law (LLM) are of 2 years duration and eligibility is LLB degree.
Salaries of experienced lawyers vary widely according to the type, size, and location of their employer. Initially a junior advocate or apprentice earns a stipend of Rs. 4,000 - Rs 10,000. This will increase substantially over the years as he/she gains experience. In the government judicial service, salaries range from Rs 5,000 - Rs.80,000. A subjudge earns Rs. 5,500 along with the normal allowances and perquisites applicable to government employees.
Most salaried lawyers are provided health and life insurance, and contributions are made on their behalf to retirement plans. The private legal practitioner earns a comparatively handsome amount.
Top institutes or colleges of Law
• National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
• Government College Mumbai
• ILS Law College
• Symbiosis College, Pune
• Aligarh Muslim University
• Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam
• Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College of Law, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
• Nyaya Vidya Parishad(N.V.P) Law College, Visakhapatnam
• Nbm Law College, Visakhapatnam
• All Saints Christian Law College, Visakhapatnam
• Visakha Law College Visakhapatnam
• Sri Shirdi Sai Law College, Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam
• Mahatma Gandhi Law College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
• M.R.V.G.R. Law College, Vizianagaram
• Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad
• Osmania University College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad
• Paddala Ram Reddi Law College, Hyderabad
• Pendekanti Law College, Hyderabad
• M.P.R. Law College, srikakulam
• Veeravalli College of Law, Rajahmundry
• D. N. Raju College of Law, Bhimavaram, West Godavari district
• P.S.Raju. Law College, Kakinada, East Godava