With the entry of a number of new law firms, the recruitment of law graduates has reached a good high. These firms make to top law schools, particularly the National Law Schools, to take in the best brains during campus recruitment. Most of these firms pay handsomely to the young recruits, and this is indeed drawing a lot of law graduates to the law firms. Depending upon the stature of the law firms and the academic background of the aspirants, these law firms offer fresh law graduates annual salaries.
On the other hand, law graduates, who are keen on starting practice in law, do not participate in the campus recruitment and scout for a typical law firm engaged in litigation or preferably work under a Senior Advocate. Eager to be trained by an “expert” in the chosen area, they are content with a moderate remuneration package, but have their eyes set on learning the ropes of the profession. Most of these law firms or law offices of established lawyers pay these freshers less. Today, law graduates are looking at emerging fields of law such as Environment Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Arbitration, Taxation and Competition Law, to mention a few, and are no longer restricting themselves to traditional areas of civil or criminal sides.
Higher levels of autonomy granted to public sector undertakings have, in recent years, led regular recruitment year after year. Banks and PSUs look for knowledgeable and bright law graduates to join their legal department, as law officers, to perform a variety of functions such as drafting, negotiating and vetting contracts. Steady job, fixed working hours, assured salary increase and promotions are the attractive features of this opportunity.
The emergence of many private law schools and new National Law Schools has created a huge demand for lecturers in these colleges. Lack of experience is hardly a constraint as these law schools are keen to have young professors with a master’s programme and who have a penchant for teaching and can gel well with the students. As many of these young professors are themselves a product of the National Law Schools, they understand the needs of the students better and are adept with the teaching pedagogy. Interesting opportunities await law graduates in areas such as Legal Journalism and with NGOs, international organisations, centres for policy-making and legal research and government departments.
There is Negative marking in CLAT exam. For each incorrect answer in CLAT paper 0.25 marks will be deducted from the total scored marks. Non-attempted questions will be awarded with zero marks as no marks will be deducted for this.Negative marking has two benefits. Firstly it will further minimize the effect of luck factor. Secondly the tie marks will be much lesser in number
Attempt the answer when you are sure about it, do not make random guesses. One of the four options is the correct answer, rest three options should be chosen after a good thought. Often the wrong ones lure you the most in case you are not confident about the answer and they trap you. Thus, you should always mark when you are certain. Do mark definitely when you are confident about two options and also mark when you are certain about two options being incorrect. This does yield some good positive marks ultimately.
It may seem luring to know that if all questions are marked randomly then ultimately it yields you some positive marks. But this may be disastrous. Firstly because there might be progressive negative marking which may decrease your marks by 20 to 60 marks. Secondly, attempting a question you are doubtful about deviates you from the real task. You must know that there are abundance of questions demanding your time to get solved genuinely. Almost all CLAT questions are doable, what matters is the time.While attempting unsure questions you kill lots of time in sorting out options. The mind gets diverted more on that rather than attempting the questions in peace to have a better accuracy.
One of the most rewarding careers both in terms of job challenge and monetary benefits is undoubtedly law. Open to students of all streams, law is suitable for someone who has a passion for understanding the legal systems of the country and who is looking for challenging and exciting opportunities at the work front. In the last couple of decades, there has been a steady increase in the demand for law graduates in diverse fields.
There are three categories of university where one can study law.
The first category consists of the National Law Schools. What started as a bold experiment in the field of legal education back in the 1980s, has become a phenomenal success. With just one National Law School in Bengaluru in 1988, today, the country boasts of 17 schools coming under the “National Law School” banner and are part of CLAT (Common Law Admission Test). There is also another prestigious National Law School in Delhi which conducts its own admission test (AILET). The National Law Schools offer only a five-year course.
The second option is the Government Law Colleges, entry to which is based on exams conducted by respective universities like MAHCET for Maharashtra.These colleges offer both a three-year and a five-year programme. The three-year course is ideal for graduates from any discipline and the five-year course is pursued by students after completion of 10 + 2 examination.
The third choice is to study law in private law colleges; the selection is again based on the board examination marks. Some private colleges, however, conduct their own entrance tests and many colleges use CLAT score to give admissions like Nirma University which accept CLAT score. Other Universities are Symbiosis Law School which conducts SET, Jindal Global Law School which conducts LSAT.
CLAT entrance exam is a competitive exam and requires an action plan to achieve success. Speed and accuracy will be of much importance in this exam as 200 questions are to finished in 120 minutes. Conceptual clarity along with practice would be part of the key strategy. One must go through the syllabus in depth and define the weekly schedule to cover each topic. You have to master each topic step by step and build a strong foundation with your basics. And the only way to build your speed is by practising as much as you can. Building a time table with the knowledge of your syllabus would give you an edge for the little time you’d have for preparation. CLAT video lectures are a good way for building a layer wise structure for your preparation, online preparation saves money and saves your precious time which you have to waste in travelling otherwise.
Know What You Are Doing
Building around your exact syllabus makes you precise and help you do the smart work. English including Comprehension, General Knowledge/ Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical ability), Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness and Logical Reasoning are the main subjects you must have a command on to clear CLAT. Everyday after studying the topic in video lectures, master the same by simulating self tests on the topic or keyword with sufficient challenge so that you can bench mark your accuracy with time. CLAT mock test will not only indicate your level of learning, accuracy and speed on each topic but will add a lot to your knowledge by going through solution of every self assessment. Analyse the question attempted incorrectly by you by revisiting the topic concept in any good book or take help of the discussion forums or contact the site you find reliable. Preferably complete this exercise on same day or by next day as another topic will be waiting to be mastered next day.
ExamNest has mock tests for CLAT. These tests are based on previous year patterns specific to CLAT or are created by subject matter experts. Mock tests have fixed questions indicated topic wise in each mock tests. Our teacher create the tests by themselves on CLAT exam parameters such as question number, types, topics included, level of questions, marks and time. These tests simulate exam like environment and first hand experience helps to put many unfounded fears to rest. The more you practise the more confident you get and the topics become your cup of tea in no matter of time. Mock tests aid you in building your speed for the real exam.