Lawyer - How to become a Lawyer?


It is impossible for a society to exist without laws because that is what helps hold the society together and helps peaceful coexistence. As we all know, the Judiciary plays an important part in our country. Without lawyers, the whole country could end up in chaos. There are two types of degree courses for Law offered. One is a five year course and the other is a three year course.

Qualifying Exam

Like every other professional course, there are entrance exams for Bachelors in Law too. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one such test that is conducted for the undergraduate program in eleven national law universities. National Law School of India University, Bangalore, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (Nalsar) University of Law, Hyderabad, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhi Nagar, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, (Kochi), etc are some of them.

Another exam is NLU Delhi Admission Test conducted by NLU Delhi and NLU Orissa Admission Test conducted by NLU Orissa.  Then there is the Symbiosis Entrance Test conducted by the Symbiosis campus. The LSAT India, conducted by the LSAC (Law School Admission Council), is a common test for admission to those universities that accept the LSAT scores like Law College Dehradun, Dehradun, MATS Law School, MATS University, Raipur, The ICFAI Law School, The ICFAI University, Dehradun, etc. State level entrance tests are also conducted.

Students who decide on a career in law after graduation in any field can opt for the three year LLB course. Though most colleges have switched to the 5 year course, there are still some that offer the 3 year course. Some colleges, like the Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University, etc conduct entrance exams. There are others like Balaji Law College Pune, ILS Law College Pune, etc, where admission is based purely on merit.

Eligibility Criteria

For five year course

  • A candidate is eligible to take all these tests if he has completed his 12th std with a minimum of 50% marks. Final year student are also eligible to take the test.
  • The candidate should not be more than 20 years old. There are concessions made in the eligibility criteria for those belonging to SC/ST, etc.

For three year course

  • The student is expected to have completed his bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks. Final year students are also eligible to apply.

How to prepare for exam

These exams test candidates on English, general knowledge, numerical ability, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. The best way to deal with English and GK is reading English newspapers and listen to the news on a daily basis. Books like Manorama Year Book and Competition Success Review will also help with the GK part. We usually tend to skip reading news that has information about court cases. But since that is what you are looking for as a career, be a little more attentive when you come across such cases. It will also help in the legal aptitude section. There are lots of books that you’ll get that deal with topics like numerical ability and logical reasoning. Practice and speed is important. You can also download previous questions from the net. Evaluate yourself after each test. This will help you identify your weak areas. Thus you can work on these areas. Always redo the paper. This would help you know how much you have improved.

After a degree, a lawyer can choose to do LLM, which is a two year post graduate course. After the completion of the law degree, the standard procedure for lawyers is to join the Bar Council of India or the State Bar Council in order to practice in court. There are various branches of law that one can specialize in. Some of them are civil, criminal, corporate, insurance, tax, etc. We assume that lawyers would only have jobs in the court. This is untrue. There is also a demand for lawyers in private and public sectors like banking, NGOs, MNCs, etc.



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12 Responses to “Lawyer - How to become a Lawyer?”

  1. 12

    Hi Sir my name is Reddisekhar

    i completed in 2012 march and now Mba also completed this year after that i want become a lawer cn you please explain the what is the process and how long it will take

  2. 11

    I discontinued my BA three years back….Im 25 ..I would like to study law…Is it possible of me to do BA LLB….I learnt that the age restriction of 20 years in India to do 5 year course remains as a stay in supreme court….Im not a SC/ST ,I would like to know if i would be eligible for that…..If it is no ,I would like to know if it is possible in any other country to pursue the 5 year course….And If I am to complete BA and do LLB ,for BA could you suggest me the subjects which remains closer to law…thank you …

  3. 10
    Sunita sharma:

    I am 42 year old.i am post gratute and 45%got in twelthstandard , can i make a layer

  4. 9

    sir i am housewife.i want to become a lawyer.i completed my diplomo in the year2003.please give me your advice.thankyou.

  5. 8

    i am doing b.s.c chemistry hons. i want to become a lawyer . so, please tell me what i will do after b.s.c.

  6. 7
    Poorna chandra:

    Hi sir,
    i am poorna chandra studying btech in an reputed institute. Now I’m interested to become a lawyer so what should i do now?? Is there any possibility to become a lawyer??

  7. 6
    suraj gupta:

    i have passed ssc with 56% and had a break of 3 years what should i do now to become a lawyer

  8. 5

    when does the form for llb course be available?

  9. 4

    dear sir,
    i did in Mech Engg and dng a good job. but i wish to do Law. but my parents wont giv me a chance to go a college n studying law leaving this job. so, i want to do privately. can suggest me the process n wt r the universities that are offering distance edu in law

  10. 3

    Sir what will be the scope after completing LL.B>. from nlu.
    give me some tips for become good lawyer

  11. 2
    pattan gouse:


  12. 1

    plz send me the date of filling the form of Entrance exams for LLB (3years)coures of various goverment college of LLB