Do you want a stable and high-paying job with low stress, a great deal of freedom and autonomy?
Do you feel thrilled by the idea of living in a scenic environment, in a large university campus, with the bustling energy of students and young minds? Does such an environment make you thrive?
Do you love teaching? Do you want to have the opportunity to present iconic papers in international conferences abroad and teach in foreign universities?
Do you love research, study and writing? Would you want to make a career out of it?
How about joining a top university with a well-paid, secure job with perks like a research budget, academic freedom, getting to host and attend international conferences, getting an opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest minds of our time and more?
If you are interested in research and teaching, then LL.M. from a top national law university and UGC-NET qualification is the golden ticket for securing the most prestigious teaching jobs, highest salaries, and the pathway to be a renowned academician.
The demand for law teachers across India is very high.
There are 1500 law colleges and universities licensed with BCI to provide an LLB degree. Approximately 1.5 lakh law students graduate every year, though only about 80,000 to 100,000 enrol with the Bar Council of India.
At this rate, India needs a minimum of 33,000 teachers.
I’ll explain how. Assuming a 70:30 ratio between 5 year and 3 year courses amongst the 1500 law colleges, a total of 6,60,000 students are enrolled in LLB courses.
BCI has a recommended faculty ratio of 1 faculty member for every 20 students.
Divide 6,60,000 by 20, and you will get 33,000 law faculty members in India.
However, there is a lack of sufficient teachers in law colleges – in 2019, Bar Council of India announced a 3-year moratorium in granting a license to law colleges because of lack of sufficient infrastructure, including teaching faculty.
Colleges have increased salaries to make teaching a lucrative profession.
Private law universities pay anywhere between INR 45000 to 60,000 per month to Assistant Professors, and INR 1,00,000 to 1,45,000 to professors.
7th Pay Commission has increased the pay to INR 57,700 per month for Assistant Professors in government colleges.
At the top of the bracket are law colleges such as ILS, Pune and Symbiosis Law School which pay maximum INR 60,000 per month, or Jindal Global Law School which pays INR 17.3 lakhs per annum to Assistant Professors.
In the academic year 2020-2021, Jindal Global Law School hired 103 full-time faculty members.
You understand the demand, right?
Now, the career progression is also pretty stable – the path to becoming a professor takes anywhere between 15 years. As a professor, one can earn INR 1,44,200 plus allowances.
In addition, a teaching job has various other perks – accommodation in the university campus, use of university facilities and infrastructure for research, obtaining research grants and funding for projects, participation in international conferences, other teaching and learning opportunities, etc.
You can also get fantastic opportunities to network, and author articles and books in your name.
BCI requires law colleges to appoint only UGC-NET qualified candidates as Assistant Professors.
So you have to clear two hurdles to become a professor in India:
- Complete LL.M.
- Clear UGC-NET
CLAT PG allows the students to get admission into 22 National Law Universities in India for the LLM course.
Every year close to 6000 students appear for the CLAT-PG examination however less than 12% are able to secure admission in the top universities in India.
After successfully completing the LL.M. from a University you have to face the next hurdle of clearing the UGC-NET to become a Professor.
In June 2020, 19,517 candidates sat for the exam for the law stream, 1,171 candidates cleared the UGC-NET(law), out of which 118 candidates got JRF.
In December 2019, 23,133 candidates appeared for the exam, 1,388 candidates cleared it, out of which 103 got JRF.
In 2018, 18,833 candidates sat for the exam, and 1,130 candidates cleared UGC NET out of which 99 candidates got JRF.
Expect the competition to be about 20,000-25,000, and you must be amongst the top 6% to clear the exam.
Those who are amongst 0.6 to 1% of all candidates are eligible to receive Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) – basically a no-conditions scholarship of INR 31,000 to INR 35,000 per month, which can go upto INR 50,000, to pursue your PhD.
Are you interested in exploring teaching?
Do you want to learn how to crack the UGC-NET exam?
Do you want maximise your chances of clearing the CLAT examination in the first attempt?
We are conducting a FREE, online 2-days bootcamp on 26 & 27 April from 6-9pm on how to crack the UGC-NET & CLAT-PG examinations.
Faculty for the bootcamp
Abhyuday Agarwal, COO and Co-Founder, Lawsikho
Harsh Jain, Chief Growth Officer and Co-Founder, Lawsikho, Former UGC-NET/ JRF Scholar
Arpana Sachdeva, Associate and Course Anchor, UGC-NET/JRF Exam Course, Lawsikho