How to choose the right Law course after 10+2

Do you want to make a career in Law? Are you confused about where to begin? If yes, read this article to know the law courses available after 10+2, eligibility and career prospects and some top law universities/institutes/colleges.

The law profession is a highly valued career. The law is a fundamental part of the constitution and is very important to our society. Law provides proper guidelines to the citizen and also preserves their rights. Study of law and making a career in law is a great choice for students who have a keen interest in learning laws. It is one of the most respected careers in India and it gives the opportunity to work in the government sector, national, international, and multinational companies, etc.

Why study Law?

The study of law will provide the students with practical knowledge. It helps the students to get prepared with the talent to face challenging issues and to understand, analyze and apply logic to real-life cases, and searching the solution to problems. The study of law also develops written and oral communication skills. It strengthens the knowledge and understanding and extends the experience and leads an overall personality development.

Career prospects after Law courses

After completing the LLB degree course, the candidates can get a job or can study further. There are several Law courses such as Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Business Law, Integrated MBL-LLM, MBA-LLM. which can be done. However, if students want a job, he can work as an Advocate/lawyer, Solicitor, Corporate Lawyer, Legal Advisor, Assistant Advisor, Deputy Legal Advisor, Public Prosecutor, Government Lawyer, Attorney General, District & Sessions Judge, Sub-Magistrate, Criminal Lawyer, Legal Journalist/Law Reporter, Advocate/Lawyer, Human Resource Manager, Business Consultant, Law Officer, Manager, Accountant, Tax advocate, Legal Manager, Associate Attorney, Legal Counsel, HR Manager etc. The student can also appear in the State Civil and Judicial Services if interested in administrative services.

Law courses available after 10+2

To choose the right course in Law after 10+2, it is required that you must be self-assured that you're making the right choices about your future. And it all depends on your choice and interest. If you want to make a career in Law, it is necessary you should have the drive and motivation to complete a degree in law. You must choose the course in which you have command.

There are the following ways of doing Law courses after 10+2:

A. Integrated Law Courses

Five-years integrated courses that include dual degrees save a year of students and also provide better knowledge and understanding of the subject. There are several integrated courses are available for those who are seeking admission in Law courses. The candidates can take admission in one of the courses according to their stream such as BA-LLB, BSc-LLB, B.Com-LLB, BBA-LLB, B.Tech-LLB, BLS-LLB, etc. These courses are of five-year duration and are having ten semesters. The maximum time for completion of these courses in eight years from the date of joining.

1. Bachelor of Arts- Bachelor of Legislative Law (BA LLB)

The Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Legislative Law course is an integrated law degree of five-year duration. In this course, students study Arts and law subjects simultaneously. It can be pursued by the students after passing the 10+2 examination. the law aspirants can pursue right after qualifying their Class 12th examinations. Any students who have qualified Class 12th examination in any stream are eligible for admission to this course.

2. Bachelor of Science- Bachelor of Legislative Law (BSc + LLB)

It is one of the most popular courses among all law courses. Science students who are interested in studying law can go for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Legislative Law integrated degree course. This five-year integrated course offers an integrated study of science and law subjects. The average course fee for this course is around Rs.2 lakhs. It is one of the most popular courses among all law courses because it provides a wide range of job opportunities. Students can find jobs in consultancies, law firms, research firms, judiciary and educational field. Students can also start self-practice as well. Average salary package range between 6 lakhs to 8 lakhs per annum.

3. Bachelor of Commerce- Bachelor of Legislative Law (B.Com LLB)

This course is also an integrated course of five-year duration wherein students get knowledge of both commerce and law subjects. The students who have a strong knowledge of commerce can fit this course. If you are from an Arts background, you can go for BA-LLB or commerce. The average course fee is approximately Rs.2 lakhs. After completing this course, students can get a job as legal practitioners, legal officers etc. Salary Package may vary between Rs.8 lakhs to 20 lakhs per annum.

4. Bachelor of Business Administration - Bachelor of Legislative Law (BBA- LLB)

Five-years' integrated BBA and LLB course(BBA-LLB) is also a dual degree program under which students learn knowledge of management studies and legislative law. Course fee starts from Rs.2 lakhs to Rs.5 Lakhs per annum. There are lots of employment opportunities in the judiciary, law firms, consultancies, administration, planning, management, industrial, and banking sector. They can get a job as a legal consultant, manager, banker, legal probationary officer, etc. The average salary package is 5 lakhs to 30 lakhs per annum.

5. Bachelor of Technology- Bachelor of Legislative Law (BTech-LLB)

BTech- LLB is a six years integrated course in law for engineering students and it can be pursued right after qualifying Class 12th examination. A science student who has passed the 10+2 level with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects and obtained about 50% to 60% marks in aggregates are eligible for this course. But a student who already has a BTech degree can take admission directly in LLB. The average course fee for BTech-LLB is approximately Rs.15,000 to 3 lakhs per annum.

6. Bachelor of Legal Science - Bachelor of Legislative Law (BLS-LLB)

BLS- LLB or Bachelor of Legal Science & Bachelor of Legislative Law is a five-year integrated course in law. It is quite similar to that of BA LLB, BBA LLB or any other integrated course in law, there is a big difference in this course that students in BLS-LLB study legal topics right from the beginning of the course and provide legal training from the first year of the course. After completion of the full 5-year course, the students will be awarded two degrees B.L.S. (Bachelor of Legal Science) Degree and the LLB degree. To be eligible to get admission in a BLS-LLB course, the applicant must have passed 10+2 from a recognized board with a minimum of 45% marks for the general category and 40% marks for SC/ST candidates. They must have fluency in Hindi/English language.

B. LLB after Regular Degree Course

Another option to pursue a law degree is an admission in LLB(3-years) after a regular degree course like the students who already have a Bachelor degree e.g. B.Sc, BA, B.Com, BBA, B.Tech etc. can apply for admission in LLB. Candidates can also go for LLB (Hons.) or LLB (Intellectual Property Rights) that can be done after any graduation degree. The candidates who have done the Company Secretary course can also join an LLB course. BLS-LLB course fee ranges from 4 lakhs to 10 lakhs.

C. Law Diploma/Certificate Course After 10+2

Law Diploma/ Certificates courses help students to start their career in the law field. Candidate can choose a specialized course in the various law fields such as administrative law, corporate laws, business law, criminal law, tax laws, labour laws, Civil Law, international law, intellectual property rights, human rights, cyber law, etc. Certificate courses help students to boost their knowledge in the specific field of law. Course fees of a diploma or certificate course range between Rs.20000 to Rs.2 lakhs. Some popular diploma and certificate courses in law are:

How to get admission in law courses

The candidates can get admission through the following ways:

For admission in Integrated Law Courses

The admission seekers, who are interested in an integrated course must secure a minimum of an aggregate of 50% marks in the Class 12 examination. Besides, they must appear and qualify for any of the entrance exams such as Common Law Test (CLAT) or All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for admission in National Law Universities, Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT), Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test (IPU-CET), Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET), Rajasthan University Law Entrance Test (RULET), Christ University Law Entrance Exam (CULEE). conducted by State Government for admission in various State University or Deemed University. To appear in these exams, the applicant must have passed the Class 12 examination. After qualifying for any of the exams, based on a ranking students can get admission to any National Law University. For entrance exams, the aspirants need to prepare for English Language, Comprehension, Mathematical Analysis, Logical reasoning, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, and basic knowledge of legal implications. Based on the ranking candidates will be allotted government or private colleges.

For direct Admission in LLB course

Any Bachelor degree (3-years) holder can get admission in LLB. The student must appear in the entrance examination conducted by the Law universities for admission in LLB. Some university which conducts entrance exams for LLB after a bachelor's degree are: DUET (Law) by Delhi University, BLAT/BHU UET by Banaras Hindu University, etc. Some University also offers admission directly based on the merit of percentage of marks in Bachelor degree.

Admission in Diploma and Certificate Courses

Admission to diploma and certificate courses will be done based on the marks obtained in class 12th examination. However, the admission procedure may vary from institute to institute.

Top Colleges for Law in India

Besides 23 National University and State University, some well-known law university/Institute/colleges are as given below:
  1. Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, Punjab
  2. Madras Christian College, Chennai
  3. Modi Law College-Laxmangarh, Rajasthan
  4. Navrachna University, Vadodara, Gujarat
  5. School of Law, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  6. Symbiosis Law School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  7. Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat Haryana
  8. Quantum University, Roorkee, Uttarakhand
  9. ICFAI University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  10. J D Birla Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal
  11. Ansal University, Gurugram, Haryana

These institutes offer an extensive learning program, practical exposure, professional experience, and placement opportunities to the students. Some universities and institutes also offer a scholarship to financially weak students. Regular assignments and presentations are part of the curriculum.


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