By Tanuj Kalia

UPDATE [7.50 PM]: After the report on Lawctopus, the text in the WittyFeed article (about the salaries) has been updated to read “But for a law student from top NLU’s it is 15 Lakhs on an average.” The bar graph image too has been changed.

A big thank you to Deepu Krishna of LST who took up our concerns proactively!

It’s entrance exam time. Coaching institutions will now tell why a particular career is ‘the’ career to opt for and why a particular college is ‘the’ college to spend the next half a decade of your life in.

However, it is important that a ‘true’ picture of careers and colleges be presented to the students.

Thus, it’s shocking that articles like this one on WittyFeed 10 Clever Reasons Why Law Is The Sexiest Profession!‘ are not only being published and shared widely but also being promoted by some noted CLAT Mentors.

Here’s an image and some text from the article:

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Image from here.

This above mentioned article, which is a sponsored article by LST/ states:

An average salary of an IITian is 8.5 to 10 Lakhs. But for a law student it is 15 Lakhs on an average. We’ve got a clear winner, everybody!

Is the average salary of a law graduate 15 lakhs/annum? Surely not. It’s more like Rs. 15,000/month.

(Ask a fresh lawyer working at the Delhi High Court, and on an average, the salaries being paid to them are between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 25,000/month).

The bar graph accompanying the sentence quotes another figure, Rs. 11-14 lakhs/annum. This is for a ‘Lawyer from NLU’. So, according to the article, salary of a fresh lawyer is Rs. 15 lakhs/annum but salary of NLU graduates is Rs. 11-14 lakhs per annum. Surprise, surprise!

Lets set little issues aside and come to the crux of it.

Is the average salary of a lawyer from NLU Rs. 11-14 lakhs/annum? That might be true for graduates of top 3-4 NLUs (it still looks pretty high) but the placement situation in the bottom ranked NLUs (the bottom 8-9!) is bleak.

How bleak? Sample these statistics from

Out of the 81 graduates of NLU Odisha (2015 batch) who opted for placements only 24 got jobs! See here. 5 of these jobs were at Pangea3, an LPO (Legal Process Outsourcing) company.

Out of 63 graduates of CNLU Patna (2014 batch) only 17 got jobs. See here. 5 of these jobs were at Quislex, an LPO company.

Additional note: there are around 200-300 (only!), top law firm/company jobs out there which pay 10-15 lakhs/annum. These will go to top rankers/high achievers from top NLUs and top rankers/high achievers from other good law colleges.

UPDATE [7.50 PM]: After the report on Lawctopus, the text in the WittyFeed article (about the salaries) has been updated to read “But for a law student from top NLU’s it is 15 Lakhs on an average.” The bar graph image too has been changed.

For more details on salaries taken by law graduates, do read my article here.

The article on WittyFeed also claims that Law is a Sexy profession because the road to IITs is a 3 step process while cracking CLAT is a one hit process. Now, come on! I thought we were talking about an article on ‘Law as a Profession’ and logic had some place in it.

Another reason why ‘Law is the Sexiest Profession’, according to the article, is that lawyers look cool in TV serials! I rest my case here.

FULL DISCLOSURE: CLATapult, a sister concern of Lawctopus, is into CLAT coaching.

I am myself product of LST. I loved my time there and continue to respect the institution.

I am the Admin of Lawctopus. I am for law students, of law students and by law students. I am Torts and Contracts and moots and internships. I am your boyfriend! And your girlfriend too! Mentor. Friend. Junior. Senior. I am the footnote in your research paper. Foreword in your life. The jugaad for your internship. The side gig which earns you bucks. I am Maggi. Pocket money too.


  1. Good logic. But – does this logic apply to you as well? For those articles where you don’t give a damn to check the authenticity of the facts, and just publish without any application of mind? I can think (from the top of my mind) of one article which fits this description accurately.

    Get your house in order first, boss.

        • Aww. You are from NUALS?

          PS- It’s a reader’s blog and NOT a Lawctopus’ report?

          Also, you don’t seem to be literate enough to read properly.

          And since you seem to be fond of cricket, let me tell you what I think of your cricketing credentials: you are more a gully cricketer; someone who’d watch TV all day telling a Kohli how to play his shots.

          • Aww.. i’m amazed detective, at your skills of inference! X publishes random BS.. you republish.. X may be liable, you’re exonerated? Lol.. I always knew that there was something missing in you.. Now it seems clear.

            As for the literacy part, is any further testimony required to establish the fact that you’re immature? What is the point of being literate, when literacy does not teach you common sense?

            The cricket part was really funny. I do play gully cricket, because i’m like every other random Indian. But the part which I couldn’t quite understand is the pun which was supposed to be in that statement. Could you even fathom why I equated you to Afridi, lol? Unlikely..

            Anyway, peace dude.. i don’t think you have any logic to substantiate what you say.. i don’t think i’ll have anything more to say to you either.. you go ahead with your articles, i’ll proceed with my effort of being ‘literate enough’ so that your non-existent logic starts making sense.. but the chances of that happening are as remote as we figuring out why Katappa killed Bahubali 😛

          • Any commentary on the fact that it’s a reader’s blog and NOT a Lawctopus report?

  2. I’m sure no one with the credibility of becoming an actual lawyer will rely his choice of profession solely on a WittyFeed ‘Article’. The ‘graph’ in question is very subjective, they could have been talking about corporate sector (carefully leaving out the hours they require to put in) or other countries (carefully leaving out the additional courses required for conversion). Any kind of marketing is as primarily about leaving out as it is about conveying, which is what has been done here.

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