What to do if you have NOT made it into any good law school? [CLAT SPECIAL]

CLAT results are out. So are SET results. And you also know of your board exams results.

What to do if you haven’t made it into any good law school? (Whatever your list is).

Here’s something you should NOT do: Drop a year, sit at your home and prepare for CLAT.

You can prepare for college while studying in college and that’s how it should be.

If you want to take a ‘radical sabbatical‘ which could mean travelling the country or the world, starting a business or writing a book or pursuing a passion, by all means, go for it. Prepare for CLAT along the way too (if you want to).

If you are keen on doing law, here are 3 things you can do.

1. Get admission in a law college (the best you can manage) in Delhi or Mumbai.

This gives you 2 things:

1. Lots of chances to attend conferences etc. and make contacts.

2. A chance to do running internships with good lawyers and mid-sized law firms.

2. Get admission in a local law college.

This gives you 2 things as well:

1. Cash (that is resultantly saved) which can be invested elsewhere in your education (courses, internships, summer programs).

2. A chance to do a running internship with a good local lawyer that will make you battle-ready once you graduate.

3. Go for a 3 year law course after graduating in a subject of your choice.

Get a long-term view of things, though I realise that doing this when you are seventeen is tough.

Be patient. That’s tough again when you are seventeen.

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Since the competition in the first two cases will be ‘less’, you can easily manage to stay at the top of your class (with some effort, of course). And that’s always a good thing.

Also, students who’ve made it to NLSIU or NUJS etc. are not handed tickets to big jobs. There are no such tickets.

If you graduate from an unheard of ‘local’ law school (or the one in Delhi/Mumbai) , here’s what could happen (provided you’ve worked hard throughout your 5 years): You work with a good ‘local’ trial court/HC lawyer the year you graduate and get a job with a small company in your second year.

In your third year, a mid-size law firm makes you an associate.

See, you didn’t lose much? (It’s just a scenario, a very possible scenario).

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  1. Nmims school of law or pravin Gandhi school of law?(side by side I’ll be preparing for clat 2017)

  2. is alliance university bangalore worth taking for law?? please do reply..

  3. sir i am confused about nmim law or about local law college
    please guide me

  4. BETHANY says:

    KLE BENGALURU VS. NMIMS LAW?
    – CLAT 2016 DROPPER

  5. Amity noida or nmims ?

  6. is alliance university worth taking for law??

  7. Adv E.S. Jagadeeshwar says:

    I am regularly reading the posts in Lawctopus. Legal profession twenty years back is different from now. After 10 years our legal profession is going to be changed a lot.

    Out of academic interest I searched in the web and found the following pdf. It is quite interesting to read this essay. This essay will give clues to the Law Students on how to specialize and what to specialize? Before joining the law course itself you will have more clarity in comparing with others who didn’t read this essay.

    I found this link on Harvard Law School .. Centre on the Legal Profession website

    Link for pdf : http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2397317

    WHAT COURSES SHOULD LAW STUDENTS TAKE? HARVARD’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS WEIGH IN .. John Coates* Jesse Fried† Kathryn Spier‡ .. February 17, 2014

    We report the results of an online survey, conducted on behalf of Harvard Law School, of 124 practicing attorneys at major law firms.

    The survey had two main objectives:

    (1) to assist students in selecting courses by providing them with data about the relative importance of courses; and

    (2) to provide faculty with information about how to improve the curriculum and best advise students.

    The most salient result is that students were strongly advised to study accounting and financial statement analysis, as well as corporate finance. These subject areas were viewed as particularly valuable, not only for corporate/transactional lawyers, but also for litigators. Intriguingly, non-traditional courses and skills, such as business strategy and teamwork, are seen as more important than many traditional courses and skills.

    1. Business Methods Courses

    2. Non-“Business Methods” Course Recommendations

    a. Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance (“BO”) Courses

    b. Non-BO Courses.

    1. Business Methods Courses

    • Accounting and Financial Reporting
    • Corporate Finance
    • Negotiation Workshop
    • Business Strategy for Lawyers
    • Analytical Methods for Lawyers
    • Leadership in Law Firms
    • Statistical Analysis/Quantitative Analysis

    In the above survey the Respondent Attorneys relating to Corporate/Transactional Practice preferred Accounting and Financial Reporting and Corporate Finance, the said courses were received highest rating. The next useful courses are “Negotiation Workshop,” “Business Strategy for Lawyers,” and “Analytical Methods for Lawyers,”

    2. Non-“Business Methods” Course Recommendations

    a. Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance (“BO”) Courses :

    Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance. .. Three courses received overall scores above 4.00:

    Corporations, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Regulation.

    Many others received scores of over a 3.00:

    Capital Market Regulation, Securities Litigation, Taxation (Corporate)

    Bankruptcy/Corporate Reorganization, Antitrust, Secured Transactions (Article 9) and Taxation (Individual).

    b. Non-BO Courses.

    Among the non-business organization courses the Respondents in the Survey preferred the following courses : Evidence, Intellectual Property Law, Federal Courts, Administrative Law, Patent Law, Conflict of Laws, and Copyright Law.

    In the litigation practice area, “Evidence, Federal Courts, and Administrative Law, received the highest scores.

    In the corporate/transactional practice area, “Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Copyright Law.

    B. What Skills/Knowledge Bases Should Students Acquire?

    • Accounting/Financial Statement Analysis • Teamwork”
    • Financial Markets/Products • Negotiations”
    • Business Strategy/Industry Analysis • Statistical/Quantitative Analysis
    • Legal Services Industry

    Among the open-ended comments, litigators tended to single out “writing” or “persuasive writing” as a key skill that can be lacking in new associates. Other respondents indicated that students should work on communications skills (public speaking and presentations).

    During the Survey the Respondents said as Business Organization courses relating to International Finance, International Investment Law, Insurance Law, International Trade are less useful to Law Students. Relating to Non- B.O. Courses are Employment Law, Constitution Law ( Seperation of Powers), Labour Law, Environmental Law.

    The most salient result from the survey is that students should learn accounting and financial statement analysis, as well as corporate finance. These two subject areas are viewed as particularly valuable both for lawyers in litigation and lawyers working in corporate/transactional practice areas.

    To know the legal requirements in our country our Researchers are also have to conduct similar surveys. By this new courses which are useful to the society, law students and country will be introduced.

    Basing on the above research our Indian Law Researchers have to conduct research on what law branches will provide guaranteed monthly income to all Advocates at Mandal and District level. Generally at Trial Courts except a few Advocates majority of the Advocates don’t have sufficient work and they had a lot time to study in depth. They can use their Bar Association Law Libraries also. The hint is your practice is depending on the place of your practice and cases being filed in the said courts .. ie. under what Act and what Sec. ? the cases are being filed, filing and Trial procedure from the beginning to end.

    Young Students are suggested to read the above essay for more clarity. You can compare the present position of Law Universities/Law Schools/Law Colleges also.

  8. CHIMPINDO says:

    Hi. I got 4883 AIR in CLAT in GEN category. Should I go for Nirma? And how is NMIMS or ICFAI HYderabad? Please reply soon!

  9. Abhinav Shukla says:

    Air 1216
    Which nlu I will get ?
    And what about preparing for clat 2016 ?

  10. Yash Gandhi says:

    What is cutoff for NIRMA ?
    which one better among ICFAI DEHRADHUN or ICFAI HYDERABAD?

  11. AIR 557 AI Woman rank -210 any chance of a better college than hnlu/rmlnlu? I live in Bombay so should I just continue studying in Bombay or go for the nlu I get through clat?

  12. Which one is better ; Nirma/SLS Pune/bottom 3-4 NLU’s/OTHERS(pl. mention)
    Or should I take a drop.

  13. How is Alliance School of law,blore?

  14. My air is 2300 in CLAT and 528 in IP…. What do you feel i should do? Also Amity Delhi Vs SLS pune Vs Amity Noida what do you suggest?please. 🙂

  15. concerned says:

    I agree but whAT DECENT local colleges would you suggest in delhi and mumbai?

  16. Sir, I am getting nliu bhopal. Should I join a local college as it is not good?

  17. anjali jha says:

    How is icfai law school deradun?

  18. anjali jha says:

    How is nmims school of law?

  19. AIR 2327
    What should i do?

  20. chauhan says:

    Bvp or amity university noida?

  21. PRAKHAR SHUKLA says:

    i am too much confused……btw….nlujaa assam….dsnlu…tnnls…nirma….pls tell what to do

  22. anjali jha says:

    How to apply in ramaiah and bangalore institute of legal studies?? How are they for law? How is christ?

  23. How is ICFAI law college Hyderabad?
    Does KLE bangalore admit on board merit or CLAT score?

  24. prakhar shukla says:

    I am going to get….nluja guwhati,dsnlu…and tnnls…or nirma…what should I do???

  25. GLC or RMLNLU?? pls answer…thanks beforehand

  26. I have got AIR 850….which nlu will I get

  27. I did not get any good Rank, but I got suggestion to join KLE law College from my relatives …….

    Can you plz tell me , How is the college and is it worth joining there ?

  28. Should I join bvp pune if I get the chance?
    How’s amity university noida or jaipur?
    Is it hard to get into corporate sector with private university?

  29. RMLNLU/CNLU/BHU which one is good. I am not satisfied with my results. Can i prepare for another year with RMLNLU ?

  30. Ankit singh says:

    Can we say faculty of law of Delhi university is a good law school??

    • administrator says:

      Yes, it’s 3 year course is consistently ranked as the best in India. Overall, it always finds a place among the top 5 law schools in the country.

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