Living the legal way- Law as a career ?

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  • Meenal Bhargava / ChaT

 “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once” – Charles Lamb

Many people these days are thinking about other career options apart from engineering and medical, and Law is one such career. But what do we need to know about Law? How can one apply for the top most colleges in country?

Entrance examinations for 5 year integrated law course:

Many kids these days are preferring 5 year course over the very famous and prevalent 3 year course, mainly because it saves one year of their life, plus the 5 year course has more exposure towards corporate laws, trade laws, international laws and a few more. For this, students can apply just after their 12th class, as it doesn’t need students to be graduates.

But how do we do this? There are many colleges, private and government in India now that provide 5 year law course to students, and conduct entrance examinations or interviews for the same.

  • CLAT- Common Law Admission Test: CLAT is conducted on every second Sunday usually by the CLAT committee that includes 16 NLUs (National Law Universities), one college being the centre at a time that goes by rotation process based on CLAT ranking. The syllabus Includes English grammar and comprehension, General knowledge (Static and Current), Critical and Analytical reasoning, Legal Knowledge and reasoning and basic Mathematics. The syllabus is announced every year latest by January first week as the prescribed syllabus for every year’s examination keeps changing. This year, the examination will be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, (RGNUL) Patiala (Punjab). Students can visit clat.ac.in for more details.
  • SET- Symbiosis Entrance Test: SET is conducted by Symbiosis International University, Pune every year in either April end or May starting. The test pattern is almost similar to CLAT except mathematics as it is not included in SET. Students need to apply for SET test on set-test.org and then apply for Symbiosis Law School (SLS), Pune, Noida and Hyderabad, respectively on their respective websites. Without applying for the college, even if you clear the test, you will not get an interview call. Any student can apply for one of these or all three depending upon student’s choice.
  • AILET- All India Law Entrance Test: AILET is conducted autonomously by National Law University, Delhi, every year either in April end or May starting. The syllabus is same as CLAT. Students may visit nludelhi.ac.in for applications and other details.
  • LSAT India- Law School Admission Test: The Test is designed by Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) in USA, conducted every year in May. Syllabus includes Analytical Reasoning, Logical reasoning and Reading Comprehensions only. There are around 62 colleges associated to LSAT, usual of them being private. Students may visit their website pearsonvueindia.com to have an insight about the test and colleges.
  • GLC (Government Law College), Mumbai and ILS (Indian Law Society’s college), Pune: These two colleges take admissions strictly according to merit. Both the colleges ask for forms with the details of students and percentages, then the final lists are announced based on merit of all the streams, namely science, arts and commerce, differently.

Apart from these exams there are many private and government colleges in India that conduct their autonomous exam or interview but might consider any of these tests too.

3-year law course

As the course is very famous and well known, most of the people know about it. The students need to be graduates in any stream, from a recognized university to apply for three year law course.  Every college or university has its own criteria for admissions that included the minimum percentage.

  • Delhi University: The entrance exam for D.U. is conducted usually in June every year. The syllabus is same as that of CLAT. There are three colleges under D.U., namely Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-1 and Law Centre-2. Students may visit the official D.U. website du.ac.in for more details.
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi: The entrance exam for BHU is conducted every year in June usually. Paper syllabus is same as CLAT and D.U. Students may visit their website bhu.ac.in > lawfaculty

Other than this, there are many other colleges as well, like:

Symbiosis International university, Pune.

Osmania University, Hyderabad

Punjab University, Chandigarh

Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat (Haryana)

Government Law College, Mumbai

Indian Law Society’s college, Pune

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