Legal Services

Services provided to the public by qualified legal professionals in order to ensure compliance with the statutory regulations and laws set up by central, state and local civic bodies, are termed as legal services.

It includes providing advice to individuals, families, commercial establishments and the Government regarding civil and criminal disputes, filing of litigations, representing clients in a court of law for the purpose of defence or prosecution and reviewing of agreements, wills and contracts to check legal validity.

What are the various disciplines under Legal Services?

Civil law

Civil law is that part of the legal system that relates to personal matters, such as marriage, property, private contracts and family law. It aims to protect the private rights of citizens and offers legal remedies that may be sought in disputes.

Criminal Law

Criminal law is a system of legal rules that define what conduct is classified as a crime and how the government may prosecute individuals that commit crimes. It regulates social conduct with violators being given punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment or even death penalty depending on the seriousness of the offense.

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law is the area of law that deals with legal rights to creative works and inventions. It includes matters like patents, copyrights and trademarks which regulates the right to use new products, artistic works and designs.

Corporate Law

Corporate law encompasses all of the legal issues that relate to business corporations like financial transactions, taxation and matters related to shareholders.This area of the legal system aims to ensure that business transactions are ethical towards employees and investors, as well as to society on the whole.

Main Admission/Entrance exams

Name of Exam Institutions Languages Application Period Exam Dates Website
Undergraduate - (UG)
CLAT 21 National Law Universities English January to March 2nd week of May https://clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in/
AILET NLU Delhi English January to April 1st week of May https://nludelhi.ac.in/ailet2019.aspx
LSAT India
  • NMIMS
  • ICFAI
  • LPU
  • VIT
  • SRM
  • Amity Law School
  • Jaipur School of Law
  • Jaipur School of Law

English October to May Last week of May http://www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia/
DU LLB University of Delhi English May - June 3rd week of June

http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=law-2

https://law.careers360.com/exams/du-llb

AMU Law Entrance Aligarh Muslim University English February - March Last week of May https://www.amucontrollerexams.com
CUSAT CAT-LLB Cochin University English January- February April 1st week

http://www.cusat.ac.in/

https://law.careers360.com/articles/cusat-cat-llb

BHU UET Banaras Hindu University English February - March 1st week of May http://bhuonline.in/
Kerala Law entrance exam
  • 3yr LLB
  • 5yr LLB (double degree)
  • 5yr LLB (double degree)
English February - March Last week of May https://www.amucontrollerexams.com
AMU Law Entrance Aligarh Muslim University English February - March Last week of May https://www.amucontrollerexams.com
SLAT Symbiosis Law Schools-Noida,Pune & Hyderabad English January to April 1st week of May https://www.set-test.org/
Postgraduate - (PG)
CLAT PG All of the 21 National Law Institutes English January to March 2nd week of May https://clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in/
AILET PG NLU Delhi English January to April 1st week of May https://nludelhi.ac.in/ailet2019.aspx
DU LLM University of Delhi English May - June 3rd week of June

http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=law-2

https://law.careers360.com/exams/du-llb

KLEE LLM
  • Government law colleges at Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam & Kozhikode
  • Private Self Financing law colleges in Kerala
English February - March 2nd week of March http://www.cee-kerala.org
CUSAT CAT-LLM Cochin University English January-February April 1st week

http://www.cusat.ac.in/

https://law.careers360.com/articles/cusat-cat-llb

BHU PET Banaras Hindu University English February - March 2nd week of May http://bhuonline.in/

How to get admission at the UG level?

Stream to Choose at +2 level:

Choose any stream Science/ Commerce or Humanities. To be eligible for an undergraduate course in Law you can take up any stream at +2 level. However taking Humanities stream with subjects like Political Science, Sociology/ Psychology will give you an advantage in studying law.

Subjects to focus:

Admission to Law Universities is through admission test which includes testing of logical reasoning, General Knowledge and English. Hence you should focus on improving grasp of English and also improve general awareness. You should also focus on getting a good aggregate percentage which is also required for being eligible for the admission test.

Some skills to acquire:

Students of Law require good communication skills both verbal and written. Research skills to read, analyse and draw inferences from huge volumes of data, time management skills and the ability to persevere are essential.

Minimum marks:

Minimum of 45% or above in aggregate is required for appearing in entrance exams for admission to undergraduate courses in Law institutes.

Scholarships

Name Eligibility Website
Nirankari Rajmata Scholarship Scheme Students who have gained admission to LLB in any of the Institutions/Colleges recognized by Govt. of India after securing a minimum of 90% marks in Class XII. https://nirankarifoundation.org
Central Sector Scholarships Awarded to students who are above the 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from a particular Board of Examination in class XII and pursuing regular course in a recognised Law school. Parental income should not exceed Rs 8 lakhs https://scholarships.gov.in/
Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of op class education for SC students Awarded to SC students, who secure admission in National Law Schools. The scholarship once awarded, will continue till the completion of the course, subject to satisfactory performance. https://scholarships.gov.in/
Merit Cum Means Scholarship For Professional and Technical Courses LLB and LLM students belonging to minority communities who have secured not less than 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination and the annual income of whose parents/guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh are eligible for this scholarship https://scholarships.gov.in/
Central Sector Scheme of National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students. Fellowships are provided to ST students to take up higher studies in Law after completing Post Graduation, such as M.Phil and Ph.D courses, https://scholarships.gov.in/
Aditya Birla Group Scholarships The top 20 students (in terms of their entrance exam ranking at the time of admission) from the following law schools are eligible for the scholarship.

National Law School of India University - Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law - Hyderabadf,

The WB National University of Juridical Sciences - Kolkata, National Law University - Jodhpur, Gujarat National Law University

http://www.adityabirlascholars.net/about/The_scholarship.aspx
NALSAR , Hyderabad Scholarships Students of NALSAR are eligible to apply for Scholarship if they have scored 60% of marks in 10+2 examination, in the case of first year students; and a minimum CGPA of 4.00, in case of all other students; and the annual Income of the parents does not exceed Rs. 4,50,000/- p.a. https://www.nalsar.ac.in/financial-support-0
NLSIU Bangalore Scholarships A number of scholarships available exclusively to students of National Law School of India University, Blore https://www.nls.ac.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42:scholarships-a-loans&catid=6:academic-programmes&Itemid=27

Future of Legal Services

According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics employment of lawyers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026. Demand for legal work is expected to continue as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government require legal services in many areas. Many large corporations are developing in-house legal departments rather than utilising the services of law firms. This will lead to an increase in the demand for lawyers in various settings such as financial and insurance firms, consulting firms, and healthcare providers. However, despite the projected growth in new jobs for lawyers, competition should continue to be strong because more law graduates are being produced each year than there are jobs available.

According to the World Economic Forum report demand for legal experts will continue increasing even as companies adopt and develop emerging technologies because they will require experts to navigate the legal side of things. With the introduction of AI which has started taking over many tasks like scanning through massive amounts of legal data and predicting what documents will be relevant to a case, the nature of a lawyer’s job is undergoing massive disruption. A McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that about 23 percent of a lawyer’s work can be automated, using currently available technology. However the likelihood of robots replacing lawyers is only about 4% as there are several things that only a human lawyer can do even today; like writing efficient legal briefs, appearing in court and negotiating on behalf of the client and empathetically advising clients.

Other Career Areas graduates can enter

Social Services

Lawyer’s may work with NGOs providing social service to provide legal advice and solutions to problems faced by underprivileged or distressed persons.

Education and Training

After Postgraduate and doctoral qualifications in Law, careers as Professors in Law institutes may be taken up.

Government Services

Armed with expert knowledge of the legal system lawyers can make use of opportunities to serve in the capacity of government servants after appearing for the Civil Service Examinations.

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