Akangsha Dogra

I want to be criminal lawyer but I am not confident and it is often said that it is dangerous for girls?

I really wanted to criminal lawyer but I am not confident while speaking to people but I wanted to be and also other problem that it is often said that its too risky for girl to criminal lawyer in India ?

by Akangsha Dogra
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RE: I want to be criminal lawyer but I am not confident and it is often said that it is dangerous for girls?

Deepali Bedi
Deepali Bedi
Verified Career Expert
Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist & Psychometric expert
  • Gurgaon

Anxiety n fear can have roots in reality or fantasy. We in therapy can look into ur fear to understand the reality of the proffesion and fear in ur personality n ur anxiety. While exploring this you can make an awaared career choice accordingly.

RE: I want to be criminal lawyer but I am not confident and it is often said that it is dangerous for girls?

Ravi Thakor
Ravi Thakor
Verified Career Expert
Business Analyst at Capital Novus
  • Ahmedabad
Dear Friend,

Let me first clarify the myths you have in your mind related to criminal lawyers. Yes without denying whatever fear you have, I would also like to say that it used to be like that in past but in today's world it is nothing Luke that at all. I am an Advocate my self and I have many family members as well friends who are criminal lawyers but they all are living happily, freely and roam here and there without any fear.

As far as not being confident while speaking to others is concerned it is only because you don't have confidence in yourself and you don't have enough courage to stand for things you do weather it is right ot wrong.

If you don't have believe, faith and confidence in you, then let me tell you honestly that you would fail in all the fields ad well as in life too. So be confident and get what you want.

Criminal lawyers, also known as criminal defense lawyers and public defenders, defend individuals, organizations and entities that have been charged with a crime. Criminal lawyers handle a diverse spectrum of criminal cases, ranging from domestic violence crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes and drug crimes to driving under the influence (DUI), theft, embezzlement and fraud.


Criminal lawyers represent defendants facing criminal charges in state, federal and appellate courts.

Their scope of practice includes bail bond hearings, plea bargains, trial, revocation hearings (parole or probation), appeals and post-conviction remedies. As part of the lawyer's job functions, a criminal lawyer will:


Investigate the case and interview witnesses
Research case law, statutes, crimes codes and procedural law
Build a defense and develop a case strategy
Negotiate with the prosecution to plea bargain to lesser charges
Draft, file and argue motions such as motions to dismiss and motions to suppress
Advocate for the defendant at trial
Draft, file and argue appeals

Criminal lawyers must have excellent oral andwritten advocacy skillsin order to argue a client's case before a judge andpersuade a jury. Investigative and research skills are also important in building a client's case and establishing a strong defense. Criminal lawyers must also have strong creative thinking and analytical skills to develop a legal strategy, analyze case law and litigate complex cases.

Criminal lawyers must also have an in-depth understanding of state, federal and local rules, court procedures, evidentiary laws and local judges to navigate the criminal justice system efficiently and competently. In addition, excellent interpersonal skills are necessary to build a strong client-attorney relationship. Criminal defendants are a finicky group who sometimes go through many lawyers before settling on one they like. Therefore, the ability to attract and retain clients is essential to a thriving criminal defense practice.
To become a criminal lawyer you need to get a degree in law taking up a five-year bachelor of law (B.A L.L.B) /(B.B.A L.L.B) After compilation of your higher education or by pursuing the three year L.L.B after obtaining a bachelor degree in any discipline. To be admitted in to a law school in India you need to take an entrance exam called the common law admission test.

For specialize in criminal law : L.L.M in Criminal Law and Criminal Administration
Paper I - Criminal Jurisprudence
Paper II - Penal Laws
Paper III- Criminology
Paper IV - Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System
Paper V -Penology : Treatment of Offenders
Paper VI - Forensic Science and Scientific Investigation of Crime

I wish you good luck and best luck for your future. And remove all the negative energy within you end be confident.

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RE: I want to be criminal lawyer but I am not confident and it is often said that it is dangerous for girls?

manojjnu Kumar
manojjnu Kumar

Dear Aspirant

I am happy to know your future plan to be a criminal lawyer, I am impressed as it is very thrilling and brilliant job among the top professions. Please stop thinking and talking about the others interpretations and comments for you and how they will think about you either they will react or reciprocate to you is not a matter of discussion. Rather you should discuss your interest and how to implement it for the translation of your plan to the society. I do agree that our social mind set and behavior towards women are not encouraging at the same time we do have many brave examples in the same profession and similarly in other challenging profession like defense, police services where women challengers are doing the brilliant job take first woman IPS Smt. Kiran Bedi for an instance who has set the best example is society. If she would have thought like you then your current plan even could have had gone into the lost or many other ugly situations---

Your least vocal or inter activeness or interpersonal behavior etc at this stage does not have any impact for your future plan it is not a big deal it comes through the upbringing in the academic world that is why I will suggest you the best institution in country where you will grow academically as well as personality will also flourish.
Now India is in transition phase and we are all responsible to contribute the best to keep this momentum on so that our society and country could be able to attend the maturity like other developed country.

My confidence is there with you for such a prestigious profession -- a criminal lawyer, think positively and plan your study to pursue LLB and LLM or other specialized coursess from any prestigious college of law at national and international level.

Explore the websites of best colleges / institutions / universities in India first:
NLSIU Bangalore https://www.nls.ac.in/ , NALSAR Hyderabad, http://www.nalsar.ac.in/ NUJS Kolkata http://www.nujs.edu/ , NLU Delhi http://www.nludelhi.ac.in/ NLIU Bhopal, GNLU Gnadhinagar http://www.gnlu.ac.in/ and many more.

Try to understand their incredible profile and how they give you admission what is the criteria is there any entrance test if it is then what is the syllabus and pantern etc. Look at the fee structure as well as tenure for course.

All the best
Dr. MANOJ

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RE: I want to be criminal lawyer but I am not confident and it is often said that it is dangerous for girls?

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Founder & CEO: Discovering Careers India
  • pune

Hello My Dear...

After reading your query, firstly I would like to tell you that do not have any fear for any profession. Women have the natural gift of fighting spirit given by God, the only thing is they do not realise this fact and unncessarily remain silent and suffer problems, insults and torture or misbehaviours. My Dear, please do not worry and become confident and I am sure that you have that in you already. Come out of this tension and try living free life. Freak out, enjoy with your friends and also think for your future.

My Dear... I can understand your fear especially when in newspapers and tv we see news about women been exploitated, raped, duped and tortured. But this is not true for all women in the world and the world is really a nice place to live and enjoy.

Your words that "You really wanted to become a criminal lawyer" itself is an indication that you have strong will power, interest, passion and sincereity in you for doing a career. Criminal Lawyer Career is not for girls is a misconception. It is not a male dominant career at all.

A Lawyer basically needs to be an expert in related law and should have the necessary confidence to plead in Court of Law. Now this confidence comes actually from the domain knowledge acquired by the Lawyer through serious studies and practice.

My Dear, you say that you are not confident in speaking to people. But you know what, the fact that you approached us on CareerGuide.com is itself an indication that you are actually a very much extrovert girl and not at all a girl who is shy to speak or fears in speaking.

COMPLETELY REMOVE all these factors from your mind right now, since actually they are just superficial and do not exist altogether. You think you are shy and cannot speak to people, but to me I do not feel so.

Try speaking to your friends (female friends) about this and try to learn their life style a bit which makes you out goingin, outspoken and extrovert more. I am sure that you will feel good and will keep growing wonderfully. Also exercise a bit to keep you body fit and your metabolism perfect. A fit body exerts positive energy and you mind also becomes and remains fresh.

My Dear.. do not worry and take up the law course and then law masters for a great and confident career in law as a lawyer.
Best Luck...

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