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Master of Legislative Law is postgraduate Law course. 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 conduct of 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.

How is L.L.M. Course Beneficial?

•    Master of Law enables a candidate to gain specialized knowledge through research in a particular area of Law.
•    An L.L.M. degree enhances one's repute as LL.M. degree signifies advanced, specialized legal training and it also signifies that a person is qualified to work in a multinational legal environment.
•    Lawyers can find employment opportunities in both public and private sector organizations. Most Lawyers prefer to become an advocate and practice law as a profession.


•    The L.L.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 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 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 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.

L.L.M. Entrance Tests

•    CLAT - Common Law Admission Test is an All India Entrance Examination conducted by 11 National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programs (LL.B & LL.M).
•    However, the National Law University, Delhi, National Law University, Orissa and the private autonomous law schools conduct their own admission tests.
•    LSAT - Admission to Jindal Global Law School is done through the LSAT examination conducted by Law School Admission Council, USA conducted by Pearson VUE, through its affiliate in India.


Syllabus of L.L.M. as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

Sem. I                        

Sr. No.

Subjects of Study


Comparative Jurisprudence


Comparative Constitutional Law


Teaching Methods & Research Methodology


Public International Law


Sem. II


Specialization Area - Paper I    


Specialization Area - Paper II    


Specialization Area - Paper III (optional)  

Sem. III


Specialization Area - Paper IV  


Specialization Area - Paper V     


Specialization Area - Paper VI  (optional)  

Sem. IV


Specialization Area - Paper VII
Viva - Voce                                                        
Teaching Assignment


•    University of Mumbai, Mumbai
•    University of Delhi - DU, Delhi
•    National Law School of India University - NLSIU Bangalore, Bangalore
•    National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of Law - NALSAR Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Course Suitability

•    LL.M. is especially meant for those candidates who want to specialize in a particular area of Law and wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge in Law.
•    It can also be pursued by those who are just not satisfies with a Bachelor's Degree in the field of Law.
•    The Master degree course is also suitable for further higher studies such as research work.

Employment Areas    

•    Litigation Firms
•    Colleges & Universities
•    Law Firms
•    Courtrooms
•    Arbitration Consultancies
•    Corporate Houses (legal departments)
•    Research Dept.

Jobs Types    

•    Advocate
•    Attorney General
•    District and Sessions Judge
•    Magistrate
•    Notary
•    Public Prosecutor
•    Solicitor
•    Legal Advisor
•    Trustee
•    Teachers & Lecturer
•    Law Reporter
•    Legal Expert

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