On the de­fen­sive


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Crim­i­nal law is the sum­ma­tion of the prin­ci­ples which gov­ern the be­hav­iour of peo­ple in so­ci­ety. The prac­tice of crim­i­nal law in In­dia can be di­vided into two broad cat­e­gories: a) trial and b) ap­pel­late. The role of a crim­i­nal lawyer at the trial stage is to put forth the case of his/her client by means of ev­i­dence and cross ex­am­i­na­tion. At the ap­pel­late stage, the lawyer tests whether the ap­pli­ca­ble law has been cor­rectly ap­plied to the facts of the case. To­day there is a dearth of qual­ity crim­i­nal lawyers (in the coun­try), and there­fore, there is im­mense po­ten­tial for as­pir­ing crim­i­nal lawyers. Earn­ings, how­ever, de­pend on the field you work in and your ex­per­tise. Rep­re­sent­ing high-pro­file clients for cor­po­rate and other crimes, suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing them or work­ing out a re­duced sen­tence for them is likely to get you big­ger clients

CLOCK­WORK 8am: Reach of­fice 8.30am: Check mails; draft ap­peals, ap­pli­ca­tions etc 10am: Pro­ceed to the courts 4pm: Leave court 4.30pm: Coun­sel clients 6pm: Pre­pare for the cases listed for the next day 10pm: Call it a day

THE PAY­OFF A crim­i­nal lawyer with five years’ ex­pe­ri­ence can earn R10,000 per month. The in­come in­creases with time de­pend­ing on one’s abil­ity and ded­i­ca­tion. At the mid-level, a per­son with more than five but less than 15 years ex­pe­ri­ence can earn be­tween R50,000 and R2 lakh per month. The earn­ing po­ten­tial is end­less at se­nior level. Some se­nior crim­i­nal lawyers charge lakhs of ru­pees for a sin­gle ap­pear­ance in court SKILLS/TRAITS Quick re­spon­sive­ness Open and flex­i­ble mind Au­thor­i­ta­tive lead­er­ship qual­i­ties Good lis­ten­ing and pow­er­ful or­a­tor­i­cal skills Out-of-the-box think­ing abil­ity

GET­TING THERE Pass Class 12 in any stream. Take the com­mon law ad­mis­sion test (CLAT) or any other test to get into a five-year BA LLB course. You can also do a three-year de­gree pro­gramme, LLB. Af­ter BA LLB or LLB you can do your masters, LLM. Then you can join a law firm/in­dus­try or start in­de­pen­dent prac­tice IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Univer­sity of Delhi www.du.ac.in Na­tional law schools/ univer­si­ties, mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions www.clat.ac.in Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity, Varanasi www.isi­cal.ac.in Aligarh Mus­lim Univer­sity www.amu.ac.in Government Law Col­lege, Mum­bai www.glc­mum­bai.com PROS AND CONS Hand­some fi­nan­cial gains Mod­est salaries and strug­gle at the en­try level It takes time to es­tab­lish and pros­per in in­de­pen­dent prac­tice


Crime de­coded: Crim­i­nal lawyers have to en­sure their clients are cleared of charges in cases or get re­duced sen­tences

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