Can I do CS with law?

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June 16, 2021

Before we discuss whether one should go for CS with law, let’s start with the basics:

What is CS?

CS (Company secretary) is a professional course that lands you a senior post in a public or a private sector company. A company secretary deals with the legal aspects of the company. They complete tax returns, keep records, advise the board of directors, and ensure that the company complies with the legal and statutory regulations. In India, the Institute of Company Secretary of India (ICSI) is the only recognized professional body to develop and regulate this profession. One can peruse this course after 10+2 or graduation.

The CS program offered by ISCI is at three levels: 

  1. Foundation program 
  2. Executive program 
  3. Professional program

CS is not taught in a college or university. It is a distant learning course with a blend of academic and practical training. It is not a fixed-time course like other graduation courses of 3 or 4 years.

Hence, it’s tough man, it’s damn tough. But, worth it.


It’s made up of about 16 exams which further consist of 4 blocks of 4 exams each. These exams are offered every 6 months. Say you’re giving an exam of one bloc and you end up failing any one exam. Then, you’ll have to give them again about six months later. Considering the passing rates of both executive and professional exams, it’s more likely than not that you will fail these exams.

If any of you are familiar with a little Greek mythology, you’re Sisyphus.


Understand that CS is a complete course in itself and combining it with LLB is a great fusion.

It’s not everyone’s piece of cake but if you are the one who wants to be highly successful and ready to give whatever it takes for you to achieve your dream and passion, then grab the chance and make it worth your sacrifices. Choosing CS with law opens the door for the corporate world to you where making a place may seem difficult for others.

In the corporate sector, qualification matters a lot for better opportunities throughout your career. Chances are higher for you to get placement easily. So, if you do end up doing a CS with an LLB, you have only the option of becoming either a CS or a lawyer. You cannot identify as both, but having two professional degrees will benefit your goodwill and your opportunities. 

Moreover, managing things like debates or moot courts and having an actual life becomes very hard for a CS aspirant. You have to give up any notions of dating or going around with your friends. 

Now, most of the people who jump on the CS bandwagon will do so simply because everyone else is. Once they find out it’s not as easy as they thought it was, they end up losing motivation. 

For better understanding and clarity, we should know the importance of both the courses separately so, here’s the difference between CS and law for your better understanding. 


  • Admission and eligibility 

The students who have cleared 10+2 from any stream can register for the foundation program and after graduation, you can directly register for executive level. There is an exemption of foundation after you have completed your graduation. 

Law can be now pursued as a 5-year integrated course (BBA LLB/ B.COM LLB/BA LLB) or as a 3-year course after your graduation. There are different entrance exams for admission to this course.

  • Course and duration 

CS is not taught in any university or college. It is a distance learning program by ICSI. It does not have any fixed time. 


Law is provided by many colleges like NLUs and other private law schools. It has a specified time of 3 years (after graduation) divided into 6 semesters or 5 years divided into 10 semesters.

  • Career and job options 

A CS can only be associated with the company for registering the shareholder of the company and ensures the dividend is paid and maintaining the annual records. A CS also has a great option to go in a teaching career for people who don’t like to sit inside four walls every day and see the same faces.    

A law graduate can go for different sectors of law like criminal law, civil law, cyber law, etc.

Having plenty of career options is good but don’t be confused. One such combination of CS with LLB has many things in common but different in many ways. 

However, don’t get into it based on some uncle telling you there’s a lot of money in CS and law.

At one point, doing CS meant you were set for life, but now there are lots of CS’s out there struggling to make ends meet. Instead of CS, you can do internships and acquire skills more essential to law. These can be drafting contracts or trial court experience. Go for it if you are ready to put your whole heart and soul into it!

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