As our laws are
so complex, the work of Lawyers and Judges is very significant. Moreover, as
the society is getting more civic conscious and aware about the legal
framework, the jobs in Law are also gaining popularity and high scope. A lawyer
is an individual licensed by the state to engage in the practice of law and
advise clients on legal matters. Lawyers act as both advocates and advisors on
behalf of their clients. As advocates, they represent either the plaintiff or
the defendant and advance their client’s case through oral argument or written
documents such as motions and briefs. As advisors, lawyers counsel clients on
how the facts of their particular case apply to the law.
Placements and Prospects
They can find employment in various courts of law, in government service
both Central and State government, as teachers, as legal advisors in various
companies, business houses, organisations etc. They also do private practice as
legal advisors, advocates, solicitors etc.
One who wishes to become an advocate and practice law as a profession in India,
should enroll with the local State Central Bar council. An application for
admission as an advocate shall be made in the prescribed form to the State Bar
Council within whose jurisdiction the applicant proposes to practice. The Bar
Council of India and the State Bar Councils forms a self contained code of law
for legal professionals practicing in India. Lawyers can find employment in a
variety of positions in the Government Service as well as other fields. Lawyer
can also work as legal counsel and legal advisers for firms, organizations and
families. They can work as trustees of various trusts, as teachers, law
reporters, company secretary and so on.
Opportunities exist in the defense services too. Additional qualification along
with law degree offers scope for a wide range of employment opportunities. the
applicant proposes to practice. The Bar Council of India and the State Bar
Councils forms a self contained code of law for legal professionals practicing
in India. Lawyers can find employment in a variety of positions in the
Government Service as well as other fields. Lawyer can also work as legal
counsel and legal advisers for firms, organizations and families. They can work
as trustees of various trusts, as teachers, law reporters, company secretary
and so on. Opportunities exist in the defense services too. Additional
qualification along with law degree offers scope for a wide range of employment
Lawyers are appointed in central services ( Indian legal service) through UPSC
on grounds of their experience in the field. Post covered under Indian legal
service are Law officers, Assistant Advisors, Dy. Legal Advisors and Legal
State legal service appoints lawyers through SPSC exams in senior position in
State police/Revenue/Judicial Departments. The basic qualification is degree in
law, besides a degree in Arts / Science / Commerce / Agriculture. Average age
limit is between 21 to 30 years.
In the judiciary, the posts are that of the magistrate, district and sessions
judge, munsifs (sub-magistrate), public prosecutor, solicitors, attorney
general, advocate general, notary and oath commissioner. There are also legal
secretaries appointed in assemblies, law inspectors, legal officers in banks,
judicial members of income tax, sales tax and excise departments, government
advocates and staff in the registrar of companies' office. The examination for
these posts take place periodically & is advertised as and when the
Magistrate and Sub-Magistrate
A candidate who qualifies in the Law Service Commission or State Public Service
Commission is eligible for appointment as Magistrate and Sub-Magistrate (
munsif). While magistrate presides over criminal court, munsif delivers
judgment on civil cases. Promotion may take a person higher up to sub-judge,
District and Sessions Courts Judge and further (depending upon seniority and
vacancy) to appointments in High Courts and the Supreme Court.
At the state, federal and local level, public defenders serve as
court-appointed attorneys for those who cannot afford an attorney.
Govt. Pleaders represent the State in sessions courts and lends advice to
officers in districts in all legal matters when called for.
Advices the government on legal matters and submit statement of important cases
to Attorney General of India for his opinion or appearance in the Supreme court
as necessary. A Solicitor General makes sure that the Attorney General performs
his duties properly.
Attorney general appointed by the president advices the government of India on
such legal matters as may be assigned to him by the president. He has the right
of audience in all courts of India and participate in the proceedings of
Parliament without the right to vote.
Similar to the post of Attorney General at centre, each state has an Advocate
General appointed by State Governors. These offices generally prosecute cases
that have statewide significance and work with local District Attorney's
offices in the prosecution of cases. One of the best ways to gain trial
experience quickly after graduation is to work at a state attorney's office.
Assistant State Attorneys (also called district attorneys) are primarily
responsible for criminal matters and prosecution. The District Attorney is
usually an elected official. Depending upon the size of the District Attorney's
office, they may have multiple units that focus upon different types of crime
such as domestic violence, homicide, appellate work or sex crimes. If you work
with a smaller District Attorney's office, you may have the option of handling
Notary, Oath Commissioner
A notary is a legal practitioner of at least ten years experience in the
profession. He is appointed on application to Central, State government to
draw, verify, authenticate, certify and attest the execution of any deed. Oath
commissioner is another established authority similar to the notary.
Public sector undertakings and state and central government organisations also
employ lawyers as advisers.
Lawyer can also work as legal counsel and legal advisers for firms,
organizations and families. They can work as trustees of various trusts, as
teachers, law reporters, company secretary and so on. Opportunities exist in
the defense services too. Additional qualification along with law degree offers
scope for a wide range of employment opportunities.
They can work in the legal branches of defence departments such as the Indian
army, Navy and Air force.
They conduct courts of enquiry and court martials of offending service
personnel governed by the particular legislation acts.
They work in legal departments of firms or for private clients. Legal advisors
counsel their clients as to their legal rights and obligations and suggest the
appropriate course of action in business and personal matters. They also check
deeds, issue writs, collect information for affidavits and draft legal
An advocate practises in the court of law. He represents a party (individual,
group of individuals or a company) in a court of law. They present the facts of
the case to the judge, cross examine witnesses and finally sum up the reasons
as to why the court should decide in their clients' favour.
Solicitor is a kind of advisor to clients on a variety of matters that involves
law. Solicitors explain the cases of his clients to the advocates. Solicitors
need never appear in court directly. Solicitor's firms undertake cases related
to their area of work.
Those with a good aptitude and taste for teaching, can go for LL.M and take up
job in any University or Institute offering law courses to students.
If he has a flair for writing may act as an author and produce journals and
legal commentaries and bring out law reports. They can write articles for
magazines, news papers etc.
A law graduate and/or a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries can be
employed as a company secretary in a firm.
Salaries of experienced
attorneys vary widely according to the type, size, and location of their
employer. A qualified lawyer employed in government department has pay packages
as per the terms and conditions of the government. Those appointed as judges
have good remunerations and other perks offered by the government. Lawyers
preferring private sector have more lucrative pay packages. The earnings of
lawyers working privately as advocate or consultant depends upon the number and
nature of their clients.