In this blog post, Shreya Shikha from Chanakya National Law University, Patna describes the career opportunities in Cyber Law in India.
The convergence of computer networks and telecommunications facilitated by the digital technologies has given birth to a common space called ‘cyberspace’. The cyberspace has become the most happening place today. The Internet is increasingly used for communication, commerce, advertising, banking, education, research and entertainment, etc.
With the advanced technology and changing times, almost all the processes are now going on IT platform. This has resulted in an increased number of cyber crimes around the world.
Cyber law is a branch of law where all the cyber-crimes such as cyber theft, fraud, hacking, infringing copyright and violating individual privacy, etc. are addressed by the Information Technology Act, 2000.
Cyber law emerged as a demanding career field as it provides plenty of job opportunities. Students of cyber law are in high demand due to increasing cyber activities, cyber security issues and cyber crimes.
All students who have qualified 10+2 examination from any stream can opt for Bachelor degree in law & after that, they can join the master degree programme in Cyber Law in any recognised Indian or Foreign Universities.
Various Course Options
Students who want to pursue cyber law can choose any of these courses:
Cyber Law Degree Courses
- B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering + LLB ( Hons.) with specialisation in Cyber Laws ( 6 years course) – UPES, full time course
- M. Sc. in Cyber Law and Information Security – from NLIU, full time course
- LawSikho’s Diploma in Cyber Laws, Fintech and Information Technology (Fully online course, mentorship from top cyberlawyers, entrepreneurs and placement support available)
Cyber Law Diploma Courses
- Diploma in Cyber Law
- Diploma in Cyber Laws and Information Technology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law & Ethics (PGDCE)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law & Information Security (PGDCIS)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law & Intellectual Property Rights
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cybercrime & e-Commerce Law (PGDCEL)
Cyber Law Certificate Courses
- Post Graduate Certificate in Cyber Law (PGCCL)- Minimum 6 months and Maximum 2 (IGNOU)
- LawSikho’s Diploma in Cyber Laws, Fintech and Information Technology (Fully online course, mentorship from top cyber lawyers, entrepreneurs and placement support available)
Career Opportunities and Scope
Nowadays most of the organisations are recruiting a cyber lawyer for their expert legal services & advice. A cyber lawyer can either choose to work with a law agency, or they can be self-employed. There are lots of opportunities apart from the legal firms & courtrooms.
After completing the cyber law programme, you can also get offers from police departments, IT companies, various corporate houses, public & private organizations, a lecturer at Universities & much more.
A person holding a degree in cyber law may be recruited as:
If you have a degree in cyber law, then apart from a lawyer you can get government jobs in various departments like:
- You can work as advisors in the ministry of information and technology.
- You can become a cyber consultant in any IT firms, bank or police department. Nowadays police department has their own cyber cell to handle the cyber crimes. They also need cyber law experts to prosecute the multitude of cases that come up.
- You can work as advisors to web developers or cyber security companies
- Research assistant in Security Auditors and Network Administrators in government firms and technology companies.
- You can advise e-commerce companies and other tech companies. The demand for lawyers in tech companies is at the highest and growing at a stunning pace.
- You can be an independent cyber lawyer arguing cyber law matters. Here is how a fresh law graduate built her career in cyber law in a very short span.
List Of Few Colleges/Universities Offering Cyber Law Courses
- NUJS, Kolkata
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore
- National University of Legal Studies and Research University of Law, Hyderabad.
- Symbiosis Society Law College
- Indian Institute of information & Technology
- Indira Gandhi National Open University- IGNOU
- KC law college, Mumbai
- VN Patil Law College, Aurangabad
- SDM Law college, Mangalore
- Amity Law School (Delhi)
- Department of Law (University of Delhi)