Career options after CLAT

Law is a very praiseworthy profession. The opportunities that come with it are unlimited. And, because of the Govt’s rapid introduction of new rules and regulations, the demand for legal professionals is only increasing.

The very first step to emerging as a lawyer is to graduate from a very good law institute. And this isn’t an issue for a country like India. There are many great law schools in India that produce top lawyers each year. National Law Universities (NLUs) is one such good example; a well-known group of institutes that gives admission to law candidates through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) exam. The satisfying career opportunities in private industry, corporate management, etc., are some of the perks of owning a law degree. Read ahead to find out about the many possibilities that await a law graduate’s successful future.

The Career Opportunities after CLAT

 ICLS (Indian Corporate Law Services).

Generally, ICLS examination comes under the Central Civil Services examination. To get a job in the Indian Corporate Law Services, one should first pass the Civil Services Exam (held by UPSC). It’s a reputable and highly sought career alternative of the law graduates. There are very similar Law Services jobs at the state level as well that uses the same pattern of passing a common exam carried out at the state level.

Law firms.

Law firms are collaborations formed by the coming together of lawyers who provide their legal proficiency to the clients under 1 brand. There several law firms in India that are growing wonderfully. These law firms also take part in college campus placements. These firms provide attractive packages and pick individuals with talents and experience. Working with them is ‘the dream’ for many law students.

Law Professor/Lecturer.

Teaching career never goes out of fashion. Lecturer/professor as a career is a very rewarding career path. As the need and recognition of law practitioners are increasing, the need for law professors is also increasing. Graduate-level lecturers are paid handsomely and extremely respected. So, if you’re into teaching and passing on academic knowledge, this is a very appealing profession line.

Corporate Sector Jobs.

Corporates are titans when it comes down to jobs. Because of the fast growth of these private firms, the need for hiring is equally rising. Most big firms have their own legal team. This means they require lawyers to handle the legal cases for their company. Thus, this is another very brilliant career option. Apart from the corporate sector, various other sectors like PSUs (Public Sector Undertaking) and banks also employ lawyers.


A very apparent career option is becoming a judge. If you want to be qualified as a judge, one must pass the State Level Judiciary Exams. On passing the examinations, as a fresh law graduate, they are selected as entry-level judges. Slowly one becomes a High Court judge with time and expertise.

Apart from writing the judiciary exam, an alternate path to be appointed as a judge is via an advocate profession. Nevertheless, appointment in High Court by first being an advocate may take much longer than appointment through state-level judiciary exams.