When we talk about law as a career option, the only options we might think of are to sue, enter the business sector, or appear before the judiciary. But what if we tell you that there are a handful of options for a law student after graduation? We have created some of the most respectable and lesser known exams/papers a law student can apply for after law school. Some of the available options could be:
1. RBI Grade B
One of the best options available is to sit the examinations conducted by RBI to appoint Grade B officers. The Grade B officer position is the most sought after for positions related to banking jobs. The job of a Grade B official is to manage currency issues and how it is regulated, ensure that the financial stability of the system is intact, and manage the accounts of the Government and Central Banks.
- Test 1 on general knowledge of the law: consists of objective questions (30 points) and subjective (150 points)
- Test 2 on English: descriptive in nature and consists of 100 points
- To become an RBI B-grade legal officer, a law degree is required, which you must along with a minimum of 50% grades or its equivalent in the sum of all semesters.
- At least 2 years of experience as a lawyer / legal officer in the legal department of a large bank / financial institution / legal corporation / company and / or legal associate, etc.
2. SEBI Grade A Office
Another great option would be to apply for the SEBI Grade A exams where all types of streams are required to perform different functions in the organization.
SEBI candidates who qualify for the exam would have multiple departments to carry out SEBI functions.
These functions could include the approval of the stock exchange, the modification of the statutes related to it, the inspection of the accounts, the investigation of bad practices within the securities, the suspension of the trading of securities of the stock exchange. , etc.
- Phase I: online exam consisting of two papers of 100 points each
Test 1: MCQ questions from subjects like GK
Test 2: Questions from legal aptitude
- Phase II: online exam consisting of 2 papers of 100 points each
Test 1: Descriptive English test to assess writing skills
Test 2: Questions from the Legal section
- Phase III: Round of interviews
3. JAG (Judge Advocate General)
A chance to join the army! After graduating in law, students can apply for it, which is a prestigious position held by the Major General, who is the legal and judicial chief of the army. The country’s army has a completely different branch consisting of legally qualified army officers.
His main job is to provide legal aid to the military in whatever way is needed. To be more precise, advise officers posted to the court martial on laws relating to the military.
- The age limit is 21 to 27 years old.
- Minimum 55% Law Degree (3 years / 5 years)
- Registered as a defender with BCI
- Selection for SSB Interview Based on Online Application
- Medical examination and physical examination
- The selection is based on the SSB (Service Selection Board) procedure.
- The first pre-selection round is carried out by the Recruitment Directorate, the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, and the final selection decision is made by the Recruitment DG.
- The selected candidates are then called for the SSB interview.
- The selection procedure consists of 2 stages based on the Psychological Aptitude Test.
- Candidates who qualify for the stages and are determined to be medically fit by the Medical Board are selected in order of merit.
Next on the list is the PSU, that is, the public sector company that is under the control and management of the Union Government. As the Government of the Union, it owns more than 50% of its shares, either by the State Center.
The PSUs have their own method of recruiting candidates, where there are both legal and non-legal positions but attached to legal positions, the appointment for them is made through CLAT scores. However, candidates have to specifically apply for the positions in each PSU they wish to work individually, and then the merit list will be announced by the organization which is based purely on qualifications.
- The new exam pattern will have questions based on understanding in CLAT PG comprising 100 MCQs of subjects such as constitutional law, jurisprudence, contract law, etc.
- The descriptive part of the exam will have 10-point essay questions and 2 essays will be delivered to applicants.
- Law degree
- Selection based on CLAT score and private exams
Next on the list is the judiciary. Something that every law student aspires to try at least once in their life! The Judicial examination of the Provincial Civil Services, which is the entrance of lawyers to the world of the judiciary and to be appointed as a member of the subordinate judiciary. This appointment is made by the state government with the supervision of the superior courts of its jurisdiction and the candidate, with a training process that comes after scoring the exams and the interview, is appointed as a judge.
- 3 or 5 years of law degree are compulsory for candidates.
- Minimum 21 years and maximum 35 years.
- The candidate should have been registered as a defender with BCI
- 3-stage exam (preliminaries, Mains Viva)
- Preliminaries (subjects of the Basic Law together with particular state laws also G.K, English, Computer Knowledge)
- The main ones will consist of a test of the basic laws, your writing skills and the test of adequate knowledge (writing on social issues, legal issues, translation from Hindi to English and from English to Hindi).
The exam is of two folds: preliminary and main and then comes the interview followed by the training.
6. Public prosecutor
A very significant position is that of a prosecutor who is considered the agent of the State that represents the interest of a large part of the people, especially in the criminal justice system. This position is defined in section 24 of the CrPc, which is responsible for prosecuting the accused as a duty of the state and not only of the aggrieved party. His main function is to control the various functions of the prosecution. The central or state government makes its appointments in consultation with the Superior Court.
- The candidate to qualify must have completed at least a college degree in law.
- LLM graduates can also apply
- You must have passed all your degree exams and must have a total score of at least 50-55% to be eligible for tax.
7. UGC NET
The National Eligibility Test is a test to determine the candidate’s eligibility to stand for the Assistant Professor position or Junior Research Fellowship award at Indian universities. So law students who are as good as teachers and can see themselves doing well in the profession can request the same.
- Candidate must have a master’s degree with a minimum of 55% qualifications from a UGC recognized university only
- Students taking the qualifying exam or waiting for the results can also apply. But they must complete their PG within 2 years from the date of the UGC NET result.
Test I: The questions would be of a generic nature (100 points)
Test II: Questions on legal matters such as jurisprudence, administrative and constitutional law, etc. (200 points)