When considering a career in the field of Law, it's crucial to consider how you want to spend your days. Some people aim to practice law on their own whereas, some people wish to work in the corporate world. So, college choice depends on how you want to lead your career!
A. If you wish to work as a Trial or Appellate Advocate in future-
- First Generation Lawyer- While choosing a college, go through its placement report thoroughly and confirm that they have good contacts with the district/high court. It doesn't matter whether it is NLU or not! For instance, if we talk about Delhi NCR, Symbiosis Noida have better placements in Delhi High Court than NLU Delhi (according to the college's placement reports and also verified by placed students). And, check college's academic reviews as right education leads to a bright future.
- Learners having leading generation- If your father/ mother is a lawyer, it is going to be easier for you to practice in court. So, while selecting the college, your main focus should be on academics. Gaining knowledge and regular practice should be your number one priority. Choose the college which provides opportunities like moot court and debating workshops.
B. If you aim to work in the corporate world
First of all, prefer choosing the course which provides you with exposure to the working of the corporate world. If you are opting for a 5-year law degree, prefer BBA LLB instead of BA LLB. Subjects like accountancy, business studies, marketing management, economics etc. help to set a base for a student who wishes to work in the corporate sector. It has been observed that Companies prefer people who have a basic knowledge of such subjects as this shorten the training part. Secondly, look at the placements of the college. Don't chase the tag of NLU, chase a good law school, that provides good placement opportunities. First of all, try to get into tier-I NLUs which are- NLSIU (Bangalore), NALSAR (Hyderabad), WBNUJS (Kolkata), NLIU (Bhopal), NLUJ (Jodhpur), and NLU Delhi. The reasoning is that these colleges on average offer the best placement (refer to their respective websites), 'expert' faculty in the true sense, exposure regarding the moot courts and competitions with universities which includes Harvard University and Yale University. Other NLUs besides the ones mentioned are in my opinion not worth it. I would strongly suggest going for a good private college rather than a tier 2 or 3 NLU. There are many good law schools like Symbiosis OP Jindal which are way better than Tier 2 NLUs. They provide proper exposure to the corporate world and have the best in class faculty. So, prefer a law school that provides proper internship opportunities, proper exposure and a good percentage of placement.
C. Not sure about the area of law in which you want to work
First of all, have a look at the curriculum of the college. In colleges like B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, you have to choose a specialization( like- criminal law, corporate law, taxation law etc.). If you are unsure about the area in which you want to work, don't take a risk by going into such colleges. Besides this, choose a law school with experienced and expert mentors(they will help you figure out the sector in which you can expertise).
Preparing for the judiciary or other competitive exams
Besides college work, you also have to focus on preparation for your competitive exam. So, choose a college that doesn't overburden you with unnecessary events and have good faculty which could help you prepare for your exam.
Note- Everything written above is either factual or experienced by a majority number of people