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Difference Between Company Secretary Course & Law

Having plenty of career options is good on one hand but it also leaves you confused at the same time. One such combination is Company Secretary and Law. Both these career options have many things in common, yet they are different in their own ways. Read on to find out more about the difference between the company secretary course and law (LL.B) course:

                    Difference Between CS and Law

 Company Secretary


The CS course is a professional Course and staggered through three stages after 10+2. Number of years to complete the CS course is not fixed but a candidate’s registration may be extended beyond a period of five years on year-to-year basis for appearing in the Professional Programme (Final) examination. Law courses can be pursued as intergrated 5 year degrees such as B.A, LL.B (honours)/BBA, LL.B (honours)/ B.Sc., LL.B (honours) or as the 3 year LL.B.
CS is not taught in any university or college. One should complete the Postal Coaching given by the ICSI. NLUs and other law institutes enroll students based on CLATLSAT India or individual entrance examinations
A CS can only be associated with a company and is an expert in corporate policies, legal and tax matters of the company, finance, and chief advisor to the board of directors. Read more: Career as a CS A law graduate can be a CS if he is a member of the ICSI. At the same time, he can also be a criminal lawyer, a civil lawyer or specialize in Cyber Laws, Environment and Consumer Protection Laws and other new areas of law.  Read more: Career options in law
A CS cannot sit for UGC NET and qualify for a lecturer in the university  After completing your LLM (postgraduate degree) you can apply for lectureship if you have an aptitude for teaching.
Admission to the CS Course is open throughout the year.  Examinations are held twice a year in June and December.

You can apply to the 5 year BA LLB course only once a year when CLAT is held.

While both the courses have a lot of career options, the combination of LL.B + CS is quite powerful and such candidates are always in demand to be hired by corporate as company secretaries, compliance officers, general managers – legal & similar job profiles.

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