The legal profession is easily one of the most lucrative career options for many students. Few other careers offer comparable power, prestige, and financial rewards. Further, the continuing boom in the Indian economy has led to a sharp rise in the demand for lawyers. Areas like corporate law, intellectual property law, mergers and acquisitions, etc. to name a few have seen a massive increase in the demand for lawyers. Therefore, it is not surprising to see that more and more students every year are opting for a career in the field of law.
In order to meet the ever increasing demand from students, an increasing number of colleges and universities today offer diverse courses in the field of law. Courses such as BA LLB, BBA LLB, BCOM LLB, etc. are quite common today. Further, a large educational hub like Bangalore alone offers many choices to students in terms of colleges offering courses in the field of law and in terms of the variety of programs available. When there are so many choices available to students, then it can sometimes become difficult to decide which is the best course and the best college for you. So, in this article, let us get a thorough understanding of the important factors that you must consider when selecting the top college and the best course for yourself.
1. Practical exposure:
A lot of legal work is based on interpretation. Being a successful lawyer is not simply about reading and memorising bare acts. Rather, you need to understand how courts habitually interpret and apply various acts. This understanding can only be gained through practical exposure. A good college would conduct various events such as mock courts, mock parliaments, mock United Nations, etc. in order to provide students practical exposure to the art of preparing and presenting their arguments. Many such events are judged by practicing judges from the higher courts or by other renowned legal luminaries and practitioners.
A good college would also offer excellent opportunities for internship with senior judges, top lawyers and law firms, etc. Such internship is also critical in providing necessary practical exposure.
Before choosing a college, you should ideally talk to some of the alumni or current students of that college. This would give you valuable information regarding the amount of and quality of practical exposure provided by that college.
2. Facilities and faculty:
A good college must have world class infrastructure, including academic buildings, libraries, access to databases and journals, etc. Similarly, the quality of the teachers and professors at a college goes a long way in determining the quality of education that the college provides to its students. Before joining a college, you must ensure that it performs well on this parameter. Joining a college that performs poorly on this parameter can be extremely harmful for your career.
You should ideally do at least some research online to get a sense of how each college performs in different rankings of top colleges. This would clearly reflect the quality of facilities and faculty that a college has.
3. Availability of courses:
After you have prepared a shortlist of top colleges that you are interested in, you must also check which of these colleges offer courses that meet your requirements and interests. Do not forget that your career is something that you must practice for the next 30 years (or more) of your life. Hence, you must choose an area that genuinely interests you and appeals to you. Thus, it is extremely important that you pick a course that meets your requirements.
Once again, you need to do some research online to identify which of your preferred colleges offer your desired course. Also check how each course offered by a college is ranked by various surveys. For example, college A might be ranked higher than college B overall but the BBA LLB program offered by college B might be considered the best in the country. In such a case, for BBA LLB aspirants, college B might be a better choice than college A.
These are some of the most important tips and guidelines for selecting the best law college for yourself. Follow these simple methods and you will find that the road to a successful career has become much smoother for you.
All the Best!