A law graduate often finds it challenging to choose a perfect career after a law degree.
Perhaps you have heard the saying, “ You can do anything with a law degree”. Although this is considered a myth by many law graduates, it can not be denied that a law degree brings you a plethora of opportunities across various fields.
Career Opportunities after Law Degree
Law is a vast subject that encompasses many fields. A law degree opens the door to many possibilities which have the potentialities to make you fly high.
Here we have brought Career options after doing strenuous research which will be a piece of cake for you to choose the right career after a law degree.
1. Law Clerk
Law Clerks assist the Judges in reaching flawless legal decisions. They do research related to legal materials, prepare the legal documents, organise meetings, prepare documents for legal proceedings etc.
To be a law clerk, you must have a law degree from a university recognised by the Bar Council of India and should have enrolled as an Advocate. You have to appear for the written exam/interview to be selected as a law clerk.
To understand the profession as a law clerk you can go through the interview of Yashasvi Jain who has the experience of being a Law Clerk- cum- Research Assistant in the Supreme Court of India.
2. Legal NGO Job
There are various NGOs that work for various purposes in society. There are NGOs related to the environment, child and women welfare, protection of Human Right etc. Law graduates may seek a job in these NGOs as per their interest and specialisation.
Although a job in NGO does not give you a rewarding salary in comparison to other careers after a law degree, you may go for such a job if you have a keen interest in serving society. There is also an example who quit a corporate job to join an NGO. Piyush Mehra, who once used to work in the corporate sector, is the CEO of Antara Foundation which is an NGO committed to delivering innovative public health solution.
3. Legal Journalist
Legal Journalists deal with the work of reporting news entirely pertinent to the field of law. They make the general public aware of various legal matters including important judgements passed by various High Courts and Supreme Court and other legal matters.
Legal Journalism can be considered as one of the unconventional career opportunities for a law graduate. Even a law graduate can opt for this career without a journalism degree. To be a legal journalist you should have a flair for writing in a particular language.
You can read about the Interview of Prachi Shrivastava to know about various facets of legal journalism.
4. Legal Advisor
If you have a law degree and want to work in the Corporate sector you can opt for a career as a Legal Advisor. Legal Advisors are in-house counsels who deal with the work of advising the organisation related to legal matters.
Freshers law graduate may apply for the post of Legal Advisor in a junior position in any organisation. But many reputed organisations appoint a Legal Advisor having experience of a minimum of 5 years of practice as an Advocate handling cases related to various matters.
5. Judicial Magistrate
A judge enjoys one of the most respected positions in the judicial system of India. It is also a rewarding career opportunity for a law graduate. A Judicial Magistrate is appointed in subordinate courts to decide criminal matters. A Judicial Magistrate is also known as a Civil Judge when he decides civil matters.
To be a Judicial Magistrate or Civil Judge, besides having a law degree you must be enrolled as an Advocate under the Bar Council of India and must clear the Judicial Service Exam conducted by the High Courts of states across India.
6. Government Law Officer
A law officer is appointed in a government department and bank to assist the organisation in various legal matters. A government law officer enjoys all the facilities like other government officials.
To be a government law officer you must have a Bachelor’s degree in law and clear the exams/interview conducted by the various department. To be appointed as a law officer in a government bank you must clear the SO exam. Various PSUs including ONGC, IOCL, BHEL etc recruit a legal officer on the basis of the rank obtained in the CLAT PG exam.
7. Legal Entrepreneurs
An entrepreneur is a person who creates a business taking many risks in life. A legal entrepreneur is someone who innovates new business idea in the field of law. Although entrepreneurship is considered one of the hardest career options, many lawyers have been able to imprint greater mark in their entrepreneurial journey.
To be an Entrepreneur one should have the problem-solving ability, good communication skill, self-confidence and most importantly a passion for something. You can take the example of Zia Modi as a source of inspiration who founded AZB and Partners.
A Registrar is an Administrative Officer in a Department. Registrars are also appointed in a judicial forum like tribunals, High Courts and Supreme Court. They assist the courts in smooth functioning.
A Law Graduate is also appointed as a Registrar in some higher educational institutions. In an educational institution, a Registrar performs duties related to the implementation of policy, the procedure of registration of students, maintains academic information etc.
9. Legal Aid Counsel
Legal aid is provided to those people who cannot afford legal representation. Through the provision of legal aid, a party is ensured to avail justice. Legal Aid Counsel represents those persons who cannot afford private counsel in the legal battle.
Legal Aid Counsels are appointed among the Advocates having 10 years of practice for conducting Sessions Cases and 5 years of practice for conducting cases in the courts of Judicial Magistrates.
A notary performs legal affairs including document verification witnessing signatures on documents. They identify the person, verify the signature and keep the record of identity in the notarial register.
A notary must have a minimum of ten years of experience as an Advocate and appointed by the Central or a State Government.
A mediator is a person who assists the parties to resolve the dispute through a mutual understanding. The Mediator plays an important role in settling a dispute by acting as a neutral third party who communicates between the parties.
If you want to make a career in this field you must have some important skills including communication skill, active listening, critical thinking etc.
12. Public Prosecutor
Central Government or State Government appoints a Public Prosecutor to represent the state in criminal cases. He serves to the end of justice for the public interest.
To be a Public Prosecutor you must have a law degree and enrolled as an advocate.
13. Policy Analyst
Policy Analysts plan and develop policies in an organisation. They examine the effectiveness of existing policy for new programs and legislation. They also review policies, identify legal flaws and amend the policy as required.
To be a Policy Analyst, you require a Bachelor Degree in a related field. In some specialised areas of work require a Master Degree. Since Lawyers are familiar with various legislation, they fit more into the job. Therefore it can be a preferable career after law.
14. Legal Process Outsourcing
Legal Process Outsourcing is an agency that provides legal support services to other law firms or corporations. These kinds of services include agency work, document review, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings and briefs and patent services.
The firm that needs legal services approaches the legal process outsourcing agencies and enter into the contract with that firm.
After your law degree, you can seek jobs in those LPOs even though you are a fresher.
15. Compliance Officer
The job of a compliance officer is to ensure whether a company complies with its policies or not. The major responsibility of a Compliance Officer involves performing risk assessments, keeping the employer and employees updated with relevant laws and educating employees about the regulation etc.
To become a Compliance officer you must have a bachelor’s degree. Having a Master’s Degree will be an added advantage.
Even though a law degree is not required to be a Compliance Officer a Lawyer can perform well in a compliance job for being familiar with laws and policies.
A teacher earns the most respected position in society. Being a law teacher can be one of the rewarding career opportunities. Teaching law is not an easy task. If you really have a passion for teaching law you can go for this profession.
To become a law teacher you must have an LL.B degree followed by an LL.M degree. After your LL.M degree, you must clear National Eligibility Test (NET).
17. Armed Forces
If you have a desire to serve the nation by joining the Indian Army even after choosing law as a career, your dream is not so far.
Judge Advocate General is a legal branch of the Indian Army that deals with military-related disciplinary cases. This branch appoints a law officer who is well versed in military law and provides legal help to the military in all aspects.
To be a law officer in Army, you must score 55 per cent and above in law and aged between 21 years to 27 years. You must also clear the JAG SSB interview.
18. Labour Inspector
Labour Inspectors helps to execute labour legislation in an effective manner. They advise the employers and workers regarding the improvement of national law. They look into the matters related to working time, wages, the safety of workers etc.
Since the budget allocation to the labour inspection system is very low, Labour Inspector faces various challenges regarding the management of costs resulting from occupational accidents and illness, absenteeism, abuse of workers and labour disputes. According to a report of ILO, in certain developing countries, less than 1 per cent of the national budget is allocated to labour administration.
Generally, Labour Inspectors are appointed through civil services examination. But a Law Graduate is preferred over other graduates for this post.
A Diplomat is appointed by the state or an intergovernmental institution to conduct diplomacy with another state.
Diplomat represents and protects the interests of the nationals of the state which appoints him. Diplomats facilitate strategic agreement, treaties and conventions; promotes trade and commerce, friendly relations etc.
Although there is no specific education requirement, you can take it as a career if you have an interest in International relations. Being specialised in International law can be an added advantage for you.
20. HR Manager
Human Resource Manager deals with all employee-related issue in an organisation. He/she performs the functions including recruitment, training, salary, benefits of employees.
To be an HR Manager, you must have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Human Resources. But, if you are a law graduate besides having a degree in Human Resources you will be preferred over other candidates.
Practising as an Advocate is a common choice among many law graduates. Advocates represent their clients in the court of law in matters of their specialisation.
If you can become a popular Advocate, it can be a rewarding career for you. To be a successful Advocate you must have the skills of communication, analytical thinking, active listening etc.
To practise as an Advocate, you must be enrolled as an Advocate under the Bar Council of India.
Unlike other subjects, the law gives you numerous options to choose as a career in accordance with your passion or interest. If you want a lucrative future, the law can be one of the perfect choices as a career.
You can opt for any of the career options mentioned in this article that resembles your interest.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” -Harriet Tubman.