Cyber law has become an important field of study in India after the enactment of the Information Technology Act, 2000

A career in law demands good communication skills — writing, speaking and listening skills, a sense of responsibility, sympathetic attitude and patience. It was to attract talented youngsters to law that the Bar Council of India introduced the five-year integrated degree course in the subject. The aim is to train, in a comprehensive manner, brilliant students who have completed Plus Two for careers in law. Three-year LL.B. courses are also offered to graduates in any discipline.

After the successful completion of the degree course in law, higher qualification such as LL.M. and Ph.D. or LL.D. can be secured. The areas of specialisation in this field are many — civil law; criminal law; international law; labour law; Constitutional law; mercantile law; administrative law; law of taxation; cyber law and so on. A number of law colleges and universities offer courses in these areas.

After completing the LL.B. course with high marks one can go for the two-year LL.M. course.

• The National Law School of Indian University (NLSIU), Bangalore-560 072.

L.L.M. course with specialisation in human laws and human rights laws is conducted at NLSIU. LL.B. holders with at least 50 per cent marks are eligible to apply for the admission test. M.Phil., Ph.D. (law of inter-disciplinary courses) and LL.D. programmes are also offered here. Those having an LL.M. degree with at least 50 per cent marks are eligible for admission to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes ( www.nls.ac.in).

•National Law University, Jodhpur (MBA also)

•NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad-500 027 ( www.nalsaruniv.org)

•WB National University of Juridical Science, Salt Lake, Kolkata (M.Phil. also)

•Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh-492 001 (Ph.D. also)

In Andhra Pradesh also several universities have realised the importance of the courses have started the programmes recently.

An asset

Cyber law touches almost all aspects of transactions and activities concerning the Internet, the world wide web and cyber space. Today most transactions in cyber space have some legal and cyber law implications. Cyber law became an important field of study in India after the enactment of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Competency in the domain of cyber laws is an asset in today’s world.

Certificate, diploma and postgraduate diploma courses in cyber laws are available. Master’s-level programmes are rarely available. Some institutes offer distance education facilities also.

Some of the institutes and universities offering courses in cyber law in the country are: •Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad (http://mpclis.iiita.ac.in, http://pgd.iiita.ac.in)

Master’s programme in cyber law and information security

•Indian Law Institute, New Delhi ( www.ilidelhi.org)

•Asian School of Cyber Law, Pune ( www.asianlaws.org)

Distance programmes

•University of Mumbai ( www.glc.edu/cyber.asp)

•ICFAI, Hyderabad ( www.icfai.org)

•Asian School of Cyber Law, Pune ( www.asianlaws.org)

The school, in association with Government Law College, Mumbai, offers a diploma course in cyber law both in the classroom and distance education mode.

The course is suitable for law students; practising lawyers; information technology students and professionals; police and law enforcement officials; IT security professionals; network and system administrators; management students and professionals; chartered accountants; company secretaries; commerce students. The examination for the distance education mode will be conducted by the Government Law College, Mumbai.

•Nalsar Law University, Hyderabad ( www.nalsarlawuniv.org)

NALSAR University, Hyderabad, offers a postgraduate diploma course in cyber law in the distance education mode for graduates. Course modules include definition and understanding of cyber space; jurisdiction in cyber space; software development and licensing agreements; cyber contracts and Indian legal position; legal issues in cyber contracts; IT Act 2000; IPR in cyber space; software piracy; patents; online contracts; security and evidence in e-commerce; cyber crimes and investigation and so on.

Job prospects

Law graduates can pursue the profession as lawyers; legal advisors; law officers; public prosecutors; solicitors; law reporters; and so on depending on professional skills and experience. An experienced practising lawyer has ample opportunities to become a Magistrate or Munsiff and get promoted as a Sub-Judge, District and Sessions Judge, High Court Judge and so on in the judiciary. Those who are qualified in cyber law can practise in the cyber law field also.

GOPAKUMAR KARAKONAM