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  • Writer's pictureVidhya Shet

How to become a lawyer in India?

An overwhelming number of students are pursuing law in today’s times. With growth of economy and dynamic nature of legal profession more and more students are not only pursing law but also practicing legal profession. Now Law is considered as lucrative profession by more and more number of students.

“According to an estimate by the Bar Council of India, there are around 1.5 million registered advocates in the country today, in addition to around 950 law schools and five lakh law students”

Now let us study in FAQ (Frequently asked questions) format as to how to become a lawyer? :

What is the educational qualification required to apply for law?

One needs to be XII (HSC) or graduate (in any stream) to be eligible to apply for law.

However the preparation for the same should start much before. Gone are the days when students thought of choosing any career after they got their results as now almost every field requires entrance test to be cleared. In fact admission to college is also now online so gone are those days when one would find long que outside colleges for admissions.

What is the duration of law course?

After XII the integrated law course (B.L.S. LLB) shall be of 5 years

After graduation the integrated law course (B.A LLB) (B.Com LLB) (Bsc. LLB) as the case may be, it shall be of 3 years.

Is there any entrance test to apply for law?

Yes. There are separate entrance tests for admissions in Universities. However broadly speaking for admissions in Law colleges in Maharashtra there is MH-CET (Common Entrance Test)

And for admission to National Law Universities there is CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) which is conducted by “The Consortium of National Law Universities”.

MH-CET is applicable for admission in all law colleges located in State of Maharashtra. Total participating colleges in Maharashtra for CET are 94. CLAT is for those who want to apply for Colleges Universities anywhere in India. Total participating colleges for CLAT are 132.

When is the entrance test conducted?

These tests are conducted generally before the HSC or graduation results. All the information is made available in advance in respective University websites.

How & where apply for Entrance test?

There will always be a website published by State Government to apply for entrance test. The application submission along with fees for appearing in such examination is also done online.

MH-CET is conducted online (Computer Based Test) method whereas CLAT is an offline exam pattern.

Here’s the link as far as MH-CET is considered.

Here’s the link as far as CLAT is considered

What after appearing in Entrance Test?

The test results are declared online and then based on entrance test scores ,colleges are allotted to students.

You can find information about these colleges by simply searching them on google.

What next after successfully completing LLB/BLS LLB?

After you get the results in order to enroll yourself as an advocate in respective Bar Council, one has to appear for (All India Bar Exam) AIBE. Although provisional Certificate (license to practice) is issued to all students who have successfully completed law. The time frame of the said certificate is only for two years and if a student fails to clear exam within two years then no further certificate is granted till students clears the exam.

List of some Law Colleges in Mumbai

1. Government Law College (GLC), Churchgate

2. K.C. College of Law, Churchgate,

3. Mumbai University(MU), Fort, Mumbai

4. NMIMS Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Vileparle West

5. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies,Vileparle West

6. Dr. Ambedkar College of Law, Wadala BEST Depot

7. Lords Universal College, Mumbai, Goregaon West

8. Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University (SNDT), Santacruz West

9. Amity University, Panvel

10. Gopaldas Jhamatmal Advani Law College, Bandra West

11. Jitendra Chauhan College of Law, Vileparle West

12. New Law College, Mahim West

13. Rizvi Law college, Bandra

14. Siddharth Law College Fort, Mumbai

15. Vivekanand Education Society’s College of Law, Chembur


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