THE SCIENCE OF LAW

TEN QUES­TIONS TO AN­SWER BE­FORE EM­BARK­ING ON A LAW CA­REER

India Today - - COVER STORY - BY ADETE DAHIYA

In just un­der three decades since the es­tab­lish­ment of the first Na­tional Law Univer­sity (NLU) in Ban­ga­lore in 1987, law has be­come the fastest grow­ing sec­tor. 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. Ev­ery year, ap­prox­i­mately 70,000 law grad­u­ates join the pro­fes­sion. “The num­ber of law school ap­pli­cants goes up by 25 per cent on an av­er­age,” says Shashikala Gur­pur, Dean and Prin­ci­pal, Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Last year, more than 45,000 stu­dents sat for the Com­mon Law Ad­mis­sion Test (CLAT), which was con­ducted by Ra­jiv Gandhi Na­tional Univer­sity of Law, Delhi. Tra­di­tion­ally, stu­dents could only take up lit­i­ga­tion by spe­cial­is­ing in ei­ther crim­i­nal or civil law. This, how­ever, has changed with a rapid growth of the cor­po­rate le­gal sec­tor and out­sourc­ing of le­gal pro­cesses. Now, spe­cial­i­sa­tions such as ar­bi­tra­tion law, bank­ing law, en­vi­ron­men­tal law, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and in­ter­na­tional law are the fields that have opened up a num­ber of ca­reer op­tions for stu­dents.

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