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LAW AS A CAREER AND ROLE OF PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES

Popularity of law as a career has increased exponentially in recent times. Diverse and upcoming branches of law have propelled the demand for competent and creative lawyers in India. The traditional perception of a lawyer being confined to the bounds of a courtroom has been modified. In today’s times, a person with a law degree is not restrained by the limits of criminal or civil litigation. A wide array of career opportunities in the form of corporate and regulatory compliances, intellectual property rights, and environmental litigation among many others, await promising lawyers.

Career Options in Law

While pursuing law is a lucrative career option for students interested in public speaking and debates, it also appeals to those who have a leaning towards research and writing. Courtroom litigations necessitate argumentative qualities in an advocate, yet not all career options end in courtrooms. An example of such an area of practice is corporate law. Business boom and foreign investments in India have birthed the corporate law scene in the country. A corporate lawyer is tasked with overseeing mergers or acquisitions of conglomerates, draft contracts for clients, and ensure regulatory compliance. They are expected to conduct research and draft legally sound instruments with fastidious care. Apart from corporate practice, post completing a law degree, one may decide to become a policy researcher whose job is to analyze societal needs and consequently advise the government on various policies.

Legal journalism is another career option that is gaining momentum in today’s times, buttressed by groups of law graduates setting up their startups and further disseminating international and domestic legal news. Additionally, academia or the education sector is calling creative law graduates to sculpt the future of learning. Without a doubt, a law degree is a potent tool that offers numerous job opportunities to the degree holder. 

Also Read :- The benefits of Choosing Law as a Career Option

Variants of Law Courses

Depending upon their area of interest, students may choose an integrated Law program that will not just equip them with relevant education but will save their one precious year.  Here are the top law courses you can pursue:

Career Opportunities after LL.B.

Some of the most sought-after career options that law students can pursue after completing their degree are

  • Judiciary
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Legal Consultant
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Legal Journalist/ Legal Reporter
  • Cyber Law Expert
  • Human Rights Law Expert

Job Roles you can take up after pursuing Law

  • Mediators, Arbitrators or Conciliators
  • Lawyers
  • Legal Assistants
  • Family Lawyers
  • Judge
  • Tax Lawyers
  • Policy Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Law Content Creator
  • Lecturer

Govt. vs. Private Law Universities

Earlier only a few universities were offering legal education in India. Most of them were government universities. The demand for law graduates in the country thrust the establishment of private law schools. Today, India boasts a mix of prominent government as well as private law universities. A question hence arises for aspiring law students: Why private universities?

The answer to this question lies in the differences between government and private universities. Private universities have diversified the law programs curriculum offered by them.  The second difference is rooted in the teaching style(s) adopted by the universities. Private universities enjoy an edge over their government counterparts as their teaching staff has been trained in and encouraged to develop modern teaching tools. Third, where private universities have refurbished their curriculum in tune with the recent trends in legal education, government universities continue to stick to the archaic syllabus. Many courses such as mergers and acquisitions, and forensic science, despite gaining prominence in today’s times, are more or less absent from the curriculum of government universities. Private universities have dedicated internship and placement cells run by industry specialists who ensure that their students not only benefit from practical training through mandatory internships but are also prepared by the end of their law program to be hired by top law firms, law chambers, and corporate houses. Such vibrancy caused by a mix of academics and cultural activities helps in providing a conducive learning environment for any pupil.

Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University, Faridabad has been successful in modernizing legal education and offering the best career opportunities to its students. It takes pride in establishing prominent research centers, facilitating internship and placement opportunities for students, organizing and encouraging student participation in academic activities and cultural programs, and preparing them for a competitive world where one must be a master of maximum, if not of all, trades. 

Written By:- MS. AKANSHA GHOSE, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (LAW), FACULTY OF LAW, MRU

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