The post of Legal Officer is common in the legal or compliances section at various ministries and departments of Central Government and State Governments, at various research institutions and educational institutions, different Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), in different development projects and schemes, etc. within the country. The appointment on Legal Officer post is done as Group ‘B’ personnel at most of organizations. Wherever a Legal Officer is posted his duty is to perform various responsibilities related to legal, compliances, regulations as per directions of the senior officials. Handling tasks related to legal procedures, overseeing court cases, preparing legal documents, patents, etc. and keeping records and prepare reports according to the guidelines given are some of the responsibilities.
Role of a Legal Officer is important in context to the performing responsibilities related to legal and compliances. So, imperative skills to become a Legal Officer are thorough understanding of Laws and legal procedures related operations and functioning, ability to complete work within prescribed time limit and must be able to work on computer.
Eligibility Conditions for Legal Officer
To become a Legal Officer a candidate needs to have qualified graduation or post-graduation in Law (LLB or LLM) from a recognized institution or university. A candidate must have registered with Bar Council of India as an Advocate and few years of working experience of legal works in any court.
Age Limit for Legal Officer
To become a Legal Officer a candidate’s age must fall into the range of 21 years to 35 years. However, the upper age limit could be 40 years or more in case if the appoint is to be done on contract basis. The reserved category (SC / ST / OBC / PWD/ ExSM) candidates get relaxation in upper age limit according to the rules laid down by the Government.
Selection Process for Legal Officer
The selection of candidates for Legal Officer posts is done on the basis of their performance in the Academic Records and Personal Interview. Questions related to laws, regulations, compliances, proceedings and current affairs are asked during the personal interview.
Salary Structure of Legal Officer
Salary for the post of Legal Officer is given as per the Pay Matrix Level - 11 Rs. 67,700 – 2,08,700/- of the Seventh Pay Commission wherever it has been implemented. Apart from this, various allowances (DA, HRA, etc.) are also given. The monthly salary could be Rs. 30,000/- per month if the appointment is done on contract basis.
Job Updates for Legal Officer
The post of Legal Officer is common at various ministries and departments of Central Government and State Governments, at various research institutions and educational institutions, different Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), in different development projects and schemes, etc. So the vacancies for Legal Officer are notified by the recruitment wing of these organisations directly. These notifications are advertised in weekly Employment News being published by the Publication Division of the Government of India, in various national daily newspapers and various portals and mobile application publishing government job updates.