In this article “How to become Supreme Court lawyer” you will get to know the complete procedure of becoming a Supreme Court advocate from the beginning (12th) to the end (Lawyer in Supreme Court).
How to become a Supreme Court Lawyer /Advocate [Step-by-Step] Procedure
[Step 1] to become a Supreme Court Lawyer High School (10+2)
You must have been passed your intermediate high school (12th standard). It does not matter what are the subjects you had in senior secondary high school. Any student from any site (Arts/ Commerce/ Science) can become a lawyer in Supreme Court.
Most of the student think about the percentage that if I have to be a lawyer in Supreme Court then my percentage should be excellent. But this is just a common misconception with many students, Yes there are criteria for the percentage, which you have to pass.
45% is the threshold percentage set by many law universities. Therefore you have to secure at least 45% in your secondary school to get admission in law school.
However, percentage/Division could be varied according to the colleges you are going to opt to become a lawyer.
[Step 2] to become a Supreme Court Lawyer Law schools Entrance Exam
Prepare for the entrance examination to get the admission in India’s finest law schools.
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is the most popular entrance test among the law aspirants. So if your aim is to become a lawyer then you should also prepare for the CLAT entrance exam like other law aspirants, because India’s best law colleges take admissions through CLAT.
Other than CLAT, there are many law entrance exam conducted by various universities you can also prepare for that. Top entrance exams to get entry into LLB program.
However many tops ranked private colleges intake the students with (or without any) entrance test. But this should be your last resort of hope of becoming a lawyer in Supreme Court, first prepare for the entrance exams with full dedication. This preparation of yours would help you in future to move further in your law career and create the opportunity to get entry into Supreme Court.
[Step 3] to become a Supreme Court Advocate Law Degree
In order to become a lawyer in any Indian court (District Court, High Court, Supreme Court you must have a degree of LLB (Bachelor of Laws) form a well-known/ recognized university by Bar Council Of India.
Bachelor’s degree in law is mandatory for any legal and legislation related services. This would be your first step of ladder towards achieving a dream of holding the position in Supreme Court of India as a lawyer.
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[Step 4] to become a Supreme Court Advocate Internship
While you are in the college, you can go for an internship program offered by various private and public law firms during the academic holidays after the semester exams. Generally, most of the law students go for the internship after the 8th semester.
Here you will get the exposure of the theories you had read in your law books. Pragmatic experience is always good for the career growth. Step 4 is optional (not mandatory) in order to become a Supreme Court lawyer it’s completely up to you.
[Step 5] to become a Supreme Court Advocate Register at BAR Council
To practice your academic knowledge of law into the real-life scenario (courtroom) you need a certificate/Identity card, which ensures you have the capability to practice law in the court.
According to Indian advocate Act, 1961 to get the certification for practice in the court premises you have to register your name in the Bar Council of India. Therefore before practicing law, it is mandated for those lawyers who want to become an advocate.
Register at BAR Council of that respective state, where you want to practice law. Know the procedure to enrol in Bar Council of Delhi
[Step 6] to become a Supreme Court Advocate Junior Assistant
After filling enrolment form as an advocate in the Bar Council of India or in any respective state BAR Council. You can work as an assistant advocate under the senior advocate, who is either an advocate in the High Court or District Court (Subordinate Court).
In this stage, you have to work as a junior advocate for few months or perhaps years. Here you learn all those necessary court procedures which would be helpful for your whole career.
[Step 7] to become a Supreme Court Advocate AIBE
This is the step you can proudly say about yourself that you are an advocate; but for this remarkable day, you should have to pass AIBE (All India Bar Examination) exam, which is conducted by Bar Council of India.
Click here to get the AIBE exam related information. After successfully passing the AIBE exam you will get a certificate that shows you are eligible to practice law in any court of India except Supreme Court.
You officially become a member of the Bar Council of India or the respective state BAR. And from here onwards your journey start of becoming a Supreme Court Lawyer.
[Step 8] to become a Supreme Court Lawyer Experience
Now you have been accomplished the goal of becoming an advocate. And so now you can practice law in the Indian lower court (Subordinate Court) and in any state High court.
Any lawyer who wants to become a part of the honorable Supreme Court of India must have a certain amount of experience in court legislation and litigation. Before applying for the Supreme Court advocate a candidate must have 5 years of practice experience in the Indian Court, and currently be in practice.
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[Step 9] to become a Supreme Court Lawyer Training
After gaining work experience of 5 years in Indian Court you have to undergo for 1-year training under the senior advocate of Supreme Court. That means you need to study and work for at least six more years after completing your graduation in law to be a part of India’s most respected body (under the Constitution of India).
In this training period, you will get a better understanding of how the judicial system works above the peak. How Supreme Court of India dealt with the cases, the procedure and many other useful things which you had never learnt in your law career.
[Step 10] to become a Supreme Court Lawyer Advocate on Record
Let’s first understand what is meant by Advocate on Record (A-O-R)?
The Supreme Court is the highest judicial forum among three-tier judicial hierarchy system (followed by High Court and Subordinate Court) and final court of appeal in India. Therefore to be part of the Supreme Court of India you should have good knowledge in the field of law. And to test your law skills and knowledge the Supreme Court decided to take an exam called as A-O-R Exam.
That means if anyone (who has a law degree and experienced) wants to practice law in the Supreme Court premises, he/she must need to register in Advocate on Record and a member of the Supreme Court BAR Association.
Every lawyer in the Supreme Court either he/she is junior or senior has to register his/her name in the list of Advocate on Record. Supreme Court lawyer/ Advocate also called as Advocate on Record.
And to become an Advocate on Record you have to pass AOR exam. So you need to apply for the same, but before but before making your enrolment in Advocate on Record (A-O-R) exam, you must be fulfilled some criteria set by Supreme Court of India.
Eligibility Criteria to be an applicant of Advocate on Record Exam
 A candidate should have been a practising lawyer (advocate) for the last five years in any of the Indian court .i.e. to get in the queue of becoming a Supreme Court lawyer, you required 5 years of litigation experience in any of the state High Court and lower Courts.
 He/she must undergo training with Supreme Court senior advocate for one year. Keep in mind, the lawyer with whom you are going to take training must have been Advocate on Record for at least 5 years.
[Step 11] to become a Supreme Court Lawyer AOR Exam
This exam checks your skills and knowledge of the law and ensures you are the right fit for the entitlement of Supreme Court Lawyer. This is a mandatory exam for every advocate, so if you want to be entitled to Advocate on Record you have to go through this exam.
AOR exams are conducted under the supervision of Supreme Court of India itself. And every year this exam is organised for the new talented and passionate lawyers of India.
After clearing the AOR exam, you are eligible to file petitions and appeal on behalf of your clients in the Supreme Court. Wait a minute you have to clear one step of “How to become a Supreme Court Lawyer”; you are just one more step away from becoming a lawyer in Supreme Court.
[Step 12] to become a Supreme Court Lawyer Hold an Office
After passing AOR exam, you should have to register an office space within a radius of 10 miles from the honourable Supreme Court of India building. And make sure to have a registered clerk (Law Clerk) in your office.
After all this Chamber Judge of the Supreme Court accepts you as a Supreme Court Lawyer (Advocate on Record).
And finally! Now you can practice law in the supreme court of India. And so you are an eligible and rightful candidate to file petitions, pleading, litigation (vakalat) and other legal matters in the Supreme Court on behalf of the clients.