Dr Praveen Kumar Lohchab
Head, School of Law
The NorthCap University, Gurgaon
We believe that the journey of getting a dream job at any law firm or pursuing legal practice and becoming a well established lawyer begins only after legal education. But this journey starts from the very first day, on which a student after completing secondary education decides to pursue law as a career. So every student must plan this journey from the first day and selection of best law school and integrated 5 years law degree programme is vital for this. To support my view I would like to quote few words of Erin Andrews who has said “Success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look back”.
1. Law School Selection
Students must prepare for CLAT and LSAT Examination to get enrolled in top National Law Universities. I have noticed most of the students write competitive exams without even knowing the outlines of the Syllabi of these competitive exams. Without preparation students do not get admissions in desired Law schools.
2. Appropriate Course Curriculum
Gone are the days, where we had traditional dual degree integrated 5 years BA-LLB degree and this was the only option available for law students to pursue. Now with the changing paradigms of legal education, we have other specialisations merged with law like BBA-LLB, BBA-LLB (Hons.), B.Tech-LLB, BSc-LLB etc. These degree programmes have been designed to cater the needs of the industry. Many leading Universities have excelled in imparting these specialised programmes. For instance, BBA-LLB (Hons.) is the flagship programme of Law School at The NorthCap University, Gurgaon which is top & only private university in Haryana in the NIRF (MHRD, Govt. of India) ranking. Likewise UPES, Dehradun offers B.Tech-LLB in energy laws. Though, I may not suggest Law programme with B.Tech./ B.Sc., because the employment prospects in the legal industry with respect to engineering and science is currently very limited and on the other hand BBA-LLB (Hons.) is highly desired and the demand is growing.