Lawyer job roles, responsibilities, descriptions, duties and salary

Date of posting: 04 Aug 21


What Does a Lawyer Do?

Learn about the key requirements, duties, responsibilities, salaries and required skills that should be in a job description.

Job designation: - Lawyer

A lawyer is trained to uphold the law and fight cases in the court either for a person or a business entity. They are to represent their client based on evidence, cases or any lawsuits that require immediate attention. 

Duties and responsibilities of a Lawyer

The duty of a lawyer is to work within a legal framework and try to protect their client’s rights by countering the opposition lawyer. It is one of the risky jobs ever because a lawyer is dealing with an endless number of rules and regulations written in the constitution and one mistake can not only destroy a lawyer’s career but also cause huge losses to their clients

  • Creation of contracts between two individuals or companies

  • Giving legal insights to sensitive cases

  • Arrange meeting with clients based on their cases

  • Attend court-room hearings and trials

  • Gathering hard evidence against the opposite party

  • Using loopholes in the legal system

Places of employment for a Lawyer

  • Courts at district levels, state level and national levels

  • Multinational companies

  • Government organizations

  • Armed forces like Army, Navy and Air Force

Work schedule of a Lawyer

Lawyers often have a lengthy work schedule and often have to work on weekends even in their private chambers. Every job has its 40 hours per week routine but in the case of lawyers it is very much unpredictable.

Qualifications required to become a Lawyer

To become a lawyer, one has to become a student of a reputed law school and give entrance exams to gain admission in it. The person has to clear the Bar Council of India Exam to be registered as a practicing lawyer.

Under-graduate courses to become a Lawyer

Eligibility to pursue the course: -

  • Any stream with 50 to 60 percent in Class 12thexams from a recognised 

  • Merit-based admission or entrance exams as per some institutes

  • 45% to 50% in graduation

  • No upper age limit

Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course

  • CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)

  • LSAT India (Law School Admission Test)

  • All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)

  • DU LLB Entrance Exam (Delhi University)

Institutes which are offering these courses 

  • Symbiosis Law School

  • Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia Islamia

  • KIIT School of Law

  • National Law University

  • Delhi University

Post-graduate courses for a Lawyer

Eligibility to pursue the course: -

  • Minimum qualification is LLB

  • Minimum 55% in graduation

Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course

  • CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)

  • LSAT India (Law School Admission Test)

  • All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)

Institutes which are offering these courses 

  • Chandigarh University

  • West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

  • ILS Law College, Pune

  • National Law University, Delhi

  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune

Key/Technical skills

  • Countering the opposition with logic

  • Analysing the situation and acting upon it

  • Thorough insight in to cases they are handling

  • No use of rough or vulgar language in the courtroom

  • Maintaining professional behaviour while arguing with the opposition party

Salary expectations

  • Average salary: - Rs. 4.9 lakhs per annum

  • Entry level salary: - Rs. 2.9 lakhs to Rs. 3 lakhs per annum

  • Experienced-level salary (10 to 20 years of work experience): - Rs.20 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs per annum 

Process of getting the job of a Lawyer

  • Placement from colleges, universities and other recognised institutions

  • Job searching on LinkedIn or Indeed for lawyer posts

  • Checking out any medical institution’s profile and requirements for a lawyer 

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