Master of Laws [LLM] - Course Admissions and Eligibility

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Overview of Master of Laws [LLM]:

L.L.M. or Master of Legislative Law is postgraduate Law course. The law is a rule or body of rules of conduct established and regulated by an authority. The duration of Master of Law is two years. Master of Law Degree is divided mostly into four or more semesters depending upon the Institute. As per Express News Service, dated – 19th Nov 2009, the duration of the Two Year L.L.M. (Master of Law) course could soon be reduced to one year. This was one of the recommendations made by the HRD Ministry’s Round Table on Legal Education. The maximum duration to complete this course may vary, as per Banaras Hindu University the course should be completed in maximum four years duration.  L.L.M. course structure is based upon various specializations. Correspondence or Distance Masters Degree Course is also offered by various Institutes, for example – Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Tirupati.

Law degrees in India are granted and conferred in terms of the Advocates Act, 1961, which is a law passed by the Parliament both on the aspect of legal education and also regulation of the conduct of the legal profession. Under the Act, the Bar Council of India is the supreme regulatory body to regulate the legal profession in India and also to ensure the compliance of the laws and maintenance of professional standards by the legal profession in the country. As such the Bar Council of India prescribes the minimum curriculum required to be taught in order for an institution to be eligible for the grant of a law degree. The Bar Council also carries on a period supervision of the institutions conferring the degree and evaluates their teaching methodology and curriculum and having determined that the institution meets the required standards, recognizes the institution and the degree conferred by it. It consults the Universities in India and the State Bar Councils in this regard.

L.L.M. Eligibility:

  • The LL.M. program can be pursued only by those, who have successfully completed their under graduation in law i.e. L.L.B./B.L. Degree/5 Year LL.B. Degree Course under 10+2+5 pattern or an equivalent Degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in the aggregate (50% in case of reserved Categories, i.e., S.C./S.T./Persons with Disability). Percentage and other criteria are mostly the same but may vary as per an institute’s policy.
  • There is no restriction on the age for admission to most of the Master degree Law Courses offered through the mode of distance learning. In fact, a candidate with a graduate degree from any recognized university is eligible to earn Law Masters Degree through Distance Learning. Even candidates studying any other course through regular classroom module can opt for these Law courses.
  • The admission procedure and mode of selection of various Law Schools may differ but the screening is based on the merit of the candidate. The intake for the LL.M. Degree Program varies depending upon the institute.
  • Certain seats are allocated to Foreign Nationals. As per NALSAR, Foreign Nationals are exempted from taking the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). The admission shall be made on the basis of the academic record of B.L./LL.B. or equivalent Degree recognized by U.G.C./Association of Indian Universities with not less than 55% marks or equivalent grade and Copy of the Student Visa endorsement on the Passport.