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IN Lifestyle ON 22 Mar, 2016
In the nation obsessed with this eleven letter nightmare of every science pass out, engineering, how cool will it seem if a young chap wants to take up LAW as a career? If it were in the 90s, a guy must have either gave into his relatives' furious remarks or have taken a rebellious path of leaving the home and earning for himself and his studies. Because in the 90's Law wasn't really an applause-worthy career option.
Gone are the days when kids used to tremble while making such 'wild' decisions. Nowadays, no one depends or even should depend on his father being a lawyer before choosing LAW. With schools as prominent as the NLS, the hopes are wide and high and so should be the students who are going to take this intellectual yet enjoyable ride of pursuing law as a career and changing the nation, literally.
An average salary of an IITian is 8.5 to 10 Lakhs (approx.). But for a law student from top NLU's it is 15 Lakhs on an average. We've got a clear winner, everybody!
A lawyer happens to live in a closer proximity to people, he/she is more of a people's person and goodwill comes to him/her as he/she grows with time. Though, engineers happen to be the greatest problem solvers, they might've to go out of the way to help people. Whereas for a lawyer that is a part of his job responsibility.
Life isn't trouble-free no matter what you choose. But law is full of extracurricular activities. That makes sure that there is balance in a student's life and the pressure that any undergrad faces doesn't really affect them in any negative way. MOOTs (mock court room practice sessions), paper presentations and debate, seminar participation are activities that maintain the balance.
A threshold at 10+2 to be able to appear in the IIT exams, then that one common entrance exam and then IIT mains. Whereas, for CLAT you have to score 45% in 10+2 and age no bar! Check it for yourself.
Also, when it comes to IIT exams, students start preparing from class 8 onwards and sometimes as early as class 6. For CLAT, students generally start preparing when in class 11 and two-years perfectly intertwined with dedication, work like magic.
Usually in Law schools, an overall development is the way to go, because there is no how-to guide for winning a case. They learn new things everyday. At engineering colleges, there is always a fixed schedule and know-how of things that has been passed over and over to its people.
Also, our education system does lack a practical approach to things when it comes to college education and especially engineering. At law school you get a lot of exposure to internships, debates and a lot of other stuff that keeps you going. And there happen to be some really cool law schools in the country.
Statistics show that in the sea of people that usually appear in competitive exams and the handful of people that are taken in, you've got a better chance to get into a Law School than into an IIT. According to stats, success percentage for an IIT is less than 1% whereas last year, there were approx. 40,000 students who took CLAT for 2100 seats.
You see, there is a specific need of a legal advisor in every company. And this post is almost an indispensable part of the company. Whereas for an engineer, the competition is much more fierce. Our country generates more than 1.5 million engineers every year, while there happen to be only 60K - 70K lawyers joining the Bar Council in one year. You are a better judge, weigh your chances. Get into law!
People all over the world have been watching people in white collars and black robes in televisions shows portraying Law schools and lawyers, thereby encouraging youth to take up Law as a career option. You still seem like, you're waiting. *sigh* Law won't wait.
Law exams generally have lot of puzzles and challenge your problem-solving intellect. It is much more awesome as compared to what you have to go through while preparing for IIT. Well, if I were you- I would have enrolled for law by now.