How to become a lawyer after 12th – A Complete Guide

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How to become a lawyer after 12th – A Complete Guide

11 ,April 2022

The most important step towards building a successful future is to plan the stream and course that the aspirant wishes to pursue after class 12th. To become a lawyer after class 12th, candidate has to enroll for 5 year integrated course.

At this stage majority of students are confused as to how to go about choosing the right course, college and often end up wasting an entire year. There are a lot of options for students once the complete their class 12th. There are students who believe in taking coaching classes to crack the competitive examinations to get through the best law colleges in India. However a disciplined study schedule with right syllabus can help you get through these colleges.

Eligibility for Law Courses after Class 12th

Any student seeking Law course is required to have passed class 12th or its equivalent from a recognized board with a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate.

Enrolling and Preparing for CLAT

The most important step towards building a legal career after 12th is to prepare for the entrance exams for the targeted college. Usually the syllabus comprises of English language, current affairs including general knowledge, legal reasoning, logical reasoning and quantitative techniques. The Common Law Entrance Test is a 2 hour test which consists of 150 questions of 1 mark each, for every wrong answer there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. After qualifying the CLAT the candidate gets eligible for the National Law Universities according to the CLAT SCORE.

To enroll for CLAT you need to visit the CLAT Consortium website and keep the below mentioned documents handy.

  • Class 10th Marksheet & Certificate
  • Class 12th Marksheet & Certificate
  • Email ID
  • Mobile number
  • Caste Certificate (If Applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (If Applicable)
  • Scanned photograph
  • Scanned Signature
  • BPL Certificate (If Applicable)

To apply for the CLAT exam, follow the given four steps.

  • Register for CLAT Exam.
  • Fill the CLAT application form
  • Submit the application form
  • Pay the registration fees to complete the application process.

Enrolling and Preparing for LSAT

There are a lot of colleges accepting LSAT Score for Law Course admission in their respective colleges, if the candidate wishes to apply for those colleges he may apply for LSAT as well.

Here is a list of colleges accepting LSAT score for admission-

  • OP Jindal Global University
  • JLU School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University
  • IFIM Law School
  • Vijaybhoomi School of Law
  • Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, NMIMS
  • MIT-WPU Faculty of Law
  • School of Law, UPES
  • Adamas University
  • VIT School of Law
  • Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University
  • Bennett University
  • Alliance School of Law
  • BML Munjal University
  • Daksha Fellowship
  • Lloyd Law College
  • School of Law, Presidency University
  • GD Goenka University

How to apply for LSAT

  • Visit the official website of LSAT India 2022
  • Fill the application form by entering your basic details like name, address, marks, number etc.
  • Make the registration payment
  • Submit the form.

Applying for private colleges

It is always advisable to keep options open. Along with applying for common exams like CLAT and LSAT candidates should also fill application forms of top private colleges as well.

Here is a list of top private law colleges in India.

  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune
  • KIIT School of Law
  • School of Law, Christ University
  • School of Law, UPES
  • ICFAI Law School
  • Lloyd Law College
  • Amity Law School and many more

Choosing the right Law Course

Law is a very versatile course that can be integrated with a plethora of graduation streams. Students from all streams be it Arts, Science, Commerce or Humanities can pursue law after class 12th. There are a lot of courses available if you wish to pursue law after class 12th like B.A.LL.B., B.Com.LL.B., B.B.A.LL.B etc, B.A.LL.B. being the most popular and demanded. All major National Law Universities offer B.A.LL.B. since the course structure designed helps students understand law subjects through the pre-law subjects. Students adamant not to pursue B.A.LL.B. could explore B.Com.LL.B. as well.

Choosing the right college

Without a doubt the first preference of aspiring law students is to get through National Law Universities but there are some top notch private colleges as well that provide world class facilities to the students. Before you choose the college that would define your future legal journey make sure you explore a lot of options. Gauge the colleges on the basis of basic parameters like placement record, practical exposures, skill developments, achievements, rankings, infrastructure, faculties, fee structure and scholarships offered. Some of the top private colleges in India includes Jindal Global Law School, Christ University, Lloyd Law College, ICFAI , NIRMA University etc.

Curriculum to Cover in 5 year B.A.LL.B.

  • General English
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • History
  • Law Media
  • Law of Contracts
  • Indian Legal & Constitutional History
  • Law of Crimes
  • Family Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Labour & Industrial Law
  • Company Law
  • Interpretation of Statutes
  • Insurance Law and Accident Claims
  • Criminology and penology
  • Professional Ethics
  • Law of Evidence
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • CPC & Limitation Act
  • CPA & Competition Act
  • International Relations
  • Law of Torts & CPA
  • Indian Government & Polities
  • Law of Human Rights
  • Public International Law
  • Environmental Laws
  • Muslim Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Transfer of Property Act & Easement Act
  • Banking Law & Negotiable Instrument Act
  • ADR Laws
  • Law of Taxation
  • Cyber Laws
  • U.P.Z.A. & Land Reforms
  • Indian Judicial System etc

Enrolling with the Bar Council

After completing the undergraduate course the candidate is required to enroll for the State Bar Council and passing the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) within 2 years of enrolling with the State Bar Council.

How to enroll for State Bar Council

  • Online registration
  • Receive Login details on registered ID
  • Login to access the enrollment form
  • Fill the registration (or enrollment) form
  • Upload necessary documents
  • Pay the state bar council enrolment fee
  • Submit the form

Pursuing Higher Education

For those who do not wish to enroll with the Bar Council right away can pursue higher education and register for LL.M. from any reputed and recognized National or International College. Some of the reputed colleges to pursue LLM are:

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU)
  • University of Mumbai - Department of Law
  • Indian Law Institute (ILI)
  • National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  • Amity University - Amity Law School
  • University of Delhi (DU) - Faculty of Law
  • Symbiosis Law School


Once you are enrolled with the Bar Counsel you are all set to practice law, work for law firms, corporate firms, NGOs, MNCs OR could even prepare for judiciary or appear for other competitive examinations.

We hope this article gives you a clear picture about how to pursue Law Course after class 12th step by step.