Who was the First Woman Lawyer in India?

The first woman of India who became the lawyer in India was Cornelia Sorabji.

About Cornelia Sorabji

Cornelia Sorabji, was born on 15th of November in 1866 in Nashik, Bombay Presidency, British India to the Reverend Sorabji Karsedji and Francina Ford. She died on 6th of July in 1954 in London, United Kingdom. She became the first woman lawyer of India after admitting to the Allahabad High Court. She also became the first woman of India who graduated from the Bombay University, the first woman who read law at the Somerville College, Oxford University in 1889 and first Indian woman who practiced the law in India as well as Britain.

How Cornelia Sorabji became the First Woman Lawyer in India

She got involved in the social and advisory works after returning to the India. Even after getting the law degree, she could not be recognized as a barrister until the law was changed in 1924. Later in 1904, she was assigned as a Lady Assistant at the Court of Wards, Bengal. She had helped a lot for women and orphans to fight for their legal rights. Finally, in the year 1924, law became a legal profession in India for woman then she started practicing in the Calcutta. She got retired in 1929 from the high court and went to the London.

Achievements of Cornelia Sorabji as a First Woman Lawyer in India

  • She was the first woman of India who became lawyer.
  • She became the first woman of India who graduated from the Bombay University.
  • She became the first woman of India who read the law at the Somerville College, Oxford University in 1889.
  • She became the first woman of India who practiced the law in India as well as Britain.

What is Lawyer

A lawyer is someone who has learned the law and practicing laws (system of rules established by the government to manage the whole country) as a legal representative or advocate. They implement the laws practically while practicing to solve the problems of people.