As a criminal lawyer you’ll be an expert in defense of individuals or organisations charged with criminal cases.
A Criminal lawyer handles cases for individuals who is accused of committing a crime. They give advice on legal matters and represent defendants in dealing with police and other investigators.They deal with cases ranging from attempted murder ,homicide to drunk driving.
Candidate with any stream in plus two level is eligible for taking law at the undergraduate level. However taking humanities gives you an added advantage.
he common course offered at the UG level in law are 5 Year- Integrated bachelor's degree plus LLB. Depending on the stream in plus two you can do a corresponding degree+LLB as a single professional course. Criminal law specialisation in UG level are offered by few institutions.
You can also take a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and then take up an LLB course of three years duration.
LLM is a one year masters program in law with specialisations including Criminal law. A candidate who holds an LLB degree is eligible for the LLM admission.
Law Graduates can also do a PG diploma in Criminal law in order to pursue a career in this field.
Aspirants with an LLM or equivalent degree with the required minimum marks are eligible for MPhil/Doctorate in legal studies. M Phil will be of 1 to 2 years and PhD will take minimum 3 Years.
Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture
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Lawyers need to communicate effectively with their clients to understand legal issues and cases. Good communication skills are also essential for presenting the case and examining witnesses in courts.
Listening is the key to all effective communication, lawyers should have the ability to listen to the concerns of their clients.
A lawyer has to go through a large amount of information and facts when he deals with a case. They may have to explore previous famous case histories to bring ideas for the new cases they are handling. Hence research and analysis can give more clarity about how to handle cases in different scenarios.
Criminal lawyers may need to make investigations on their own to gather details about a case and arrive at conclusions.
Accuracy and clarity about cases and law points are important factors in advocacy as a single word out of place can change the meaning of a clause or contract. Hence the lawyer has to be very attentive to details.
Time management is crucial for a lawyer who may be handling many different cases at a time. They may have to appear and submit documents as per the schedule of the courts.