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Everything legal about it

Sharpen your debating skills, get ready for intensive research and learn to develop a sound work ethic if you want a career in law, says Gauri Kohli.

education Updated: May 03, 2013 20:36 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times

Law today is a much sought-after career. “In our college, ie the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, you’ll find people with differing goals. While some want to work in legal firms and earn hefty salaries, others prefer joining bar associations. Many want to join the academia and the civil services. People have also started their firms. Thus, law in general equips you with skills which can be utilised productively in many, if not all, fields. Life in a law school, although rigorous, is extremely fun. One gets the opportunities to do a number of activities like moot court competitions, debating, social work, etc. These activities contribute immensely in shaping your personality and career,” says Sarthak Gupta, ranked four, all-India, CLAT 2012.

Akshat Gautam, ranked five in CLAT 2012, says, “Our conception of lawyers depends largely on where we come from. It can be the grand idea of a jurist standing up in a vast, jam-packed court as everyone catches their breath to listen to what he has to say. It can be the notary outside the collectorate complex, with his dusty black coat and dustier bench, hawking affidavits and legal notices. But for few students, the idea of a well-groomed person sitting in his office, surrounded by leather-bound volumes on corporate law and taxation is the most attractive. Like every other profession, however, getting into a law school is no guarantee for success.”

So what should candidates planning to write the CLAT or aspiring to join a law school like NLSIU, Bangalore, look forward to? “You will develop a work ethic – the standards of academic rigour expected of you will ensure that you gain the skills of reading widely, researching specifically and drafting comprehensively. There is also a certain intellectual rigour that comes in not so much from the institution but from the company you will have here. You will find a small bunch of bright, attentive, confident people who will not hesitate in challenging your beliefs and will expect you to argue out every position you take on a certain issue. With the arts courses forming an integral part of your education here, you will learn to understand issues better,” says Gautam.

CLAT 2013: What you should watch out for

* One-fourth mark will be deducted for every wrong answer from this year. “The best idea is to do intelligent guessing. This year, static general knowledge has also been included, which means that you should cover subjects like history, science and geography as well, besides focusing on current affairs,” says Amitendra Kumar, national anchor, Law School Tutorials, CL Educate.

* You could be asked about the highest mountain peak in the world or the current chief justice of India, which is a mix of static and current GK.

* In the legal aptitude section, you can expect questions testing your legal knowledge as well. “Questions like who is the current law minister and those on important amendments are likely to be asked. You may also be given a situation where you will be required to use a principle of law to solve it,” says Kumar.

* “In case of a tie between two candidates, your legal aptitude score will be the deciding factor,” he adds.

* You must devote 25 minutes to the verbal section; 30 minutes to the legal section; 15 to GK; 25 to logical reasoning and 10 minutes to maths. “Leave at least 10 minutes extra for revision,” Kumar adds.

First Published: Apr 30, 2013 15:25 IST