Power of logical reasoning, a quick brain, powers of concentration, patience and perseverance and ability to discuss matters with all types of people.
Advocates would, in addition, require having great self-confidence, good communication skills and the gift of expression, and a good voice.
Candidates for the law degree can either take a three-year law course after graduation in any discipline, or a five-year course after 10+2 leading to a BA LLB (Hons).
Almost all universities offer the three-year part-time LLB course for graduates. Eligibility is based on marks obtained in graduation, although some universities also hold entrance tests.
There is an All India Entrance test admission to National Law School of India, Bangalore, the premier law institution, which offers the five-year course leading to the BA LLB (Hons). The full-time five-year course incorporates a lot of practical training, which includes court attendance, legal research projects as well as assistance in legal aid centers.
Other institutions offering the five-year law degree programme are: Symbiosis Society's Law College at Pune, Osmania University, Shivaji University (Kolhapur), Marathiwada University (Aurangabad), and the Universities of Nagpur, Kerala, Madras, Calcutta, and Pondicherry, the Madurai Kamraj University, Andhra University, (Waltair), ILS Law College, (Pune), Mohanlal Sukadhia University, Jodhpur University, Guru Nanak Dev University, (Amritsar).
There are also shorter duration diploma courses in labor and labor welfare, taxation etc. To qualify for legal practice, a year's apprenticeship in a firm is required. This can be done even during the final year of the course.