Top Career options in Law

By Ayush Singh

The legal profession in India has witnessed numerous changes over the years. Lawyers are no longer confined to the courtrooms where they represent their clients. Various opportunities open up for students after their law graduation, and these opportunities can fetch them well too.

· An advocate is treated as a highly-respected professional, and their scope of income is commendable as shown by the likes of Mr. Harish Salve or Late Mr. Ram Jethmalani, whose fees for one hearing have been more than the monthly salary paid by an MNC to its majority of employees · In order to be an advocate and enter litigation, a law graduate must register himself with the bar council of any of the states of his/her choice and clear the All India bar exam (AIBE).


The judiciary is another legal job option for fresh graduates. This entails taking the individual state’s Judicial Services Examination and, if chosen, serving as a Civil Judge or Judicial Magistrate. These judges can be elevated to High Court based on their services and work experiences.

Judicial Services

These lawyers are hired by companies. An In-house counsel works directly for a company and manages its mergers and acquisitions and he can directly manage the other matters of the company as well. These lawyers also get a handsome salary for their services. The average salary in India is 8 lakhs per annum.

In-house Counsel

A law firm is a place where most of the lawyers work together as partners and also engage other lawyers to work with them as associates. These law firms provide a range of services to their clients which includes multinational companies like managing the company’s mergers and acquisitions. In India, the range of salary that the law firms offers ranges all the way from Rs 25-30 lakh per annum to Rs 150-200 lakh.

Law Firms

While having a journalism degree is usually advantageous when it comes to being a journalist, a law graduate can also pursue a career in media. An in-depth examination will reveal that a lawyer possesses all of the distinguishing characteristics of a skilled journalist. A lawyer’s qualities appear to be similar to those of a journalist. The Press Trust of India (PTI)has a policy of employing law graduates in their organization.


One can pursue L.L.M and Ph.D. in their field of interest and work as an Assistant professor in law schools. You can take the CLAT exam for Post Graduates if you want to pursue an LL.M. in India at one of the National Law Universities and even private universities and colleges provide you with the LLM course. In order to pursue an LL.M. from outside India, you must take one of the English proficiency tests (such as TOEFL and IELTS) and apply to the appropriate colleges/ institutions.

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