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LLM is a postgraduate degree in law. Master of Law or LLM course offered at Indian colleges/ universities is of two years duration. The course curriculum of LLM degree is structured in such a way that the law course is divided into four semesters. In Master of Law, course aspirants gain in-depth knowledge of a specific field of law by intensive research in that particular area of Law.

In the LLM course, candidates need to select the law specialisation in which they want to make their future. Thus, candidates can pursue their LLM degree in specialisations such as – Civil Law, Tax Law, Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law, International Law, Labour Law, Real Estate Law, Patent Law, Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law, Mergers and Acquisition Law, Tax LawAdministrative Law, Banking Law, Business Law, Company Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Law, Contract Law, Cyber Law, Education Law, Energy Law, Entertainment & Media Law, Environment Law, Family Law, Healthcare LawTelecommunications Law etc.

Eligibility Criteria for LLM Course

Candidates are eligible to apply for admission in an LLM course if they have completed their graduation in law, that is, if the aspirant has secured his/ her LLB/ Bachelor of Law/ Five Year Integrated LLM course from a recognised university/ college.

  • Apart from this, some colleges also fix a minimum percentage requirement for the LLM course offered by them.
  • As part of the eligibility criteria shared by such colleges, candidates need secure at least 55% aggregate marks at the graduation level in order to be eligible to secure admission in LLM course offered by them.

Top LLM Entrance Exams 

Candidates who want to pursue the LLM course have to appear for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) or the admission test accepted by the law schools. Below are some popular LLM entrance exams in India for admission to this course: 

LLM Entrance Exams in India
All India Law Entrance Test LSAT India 
TS PGLCET AP PGLCET
MH CET Law ILICAT

Skills Required for LLM Course

Aspirants need to be ready to put in a lot of hard work and be open to working long strenuous hours on completing the course. Some key skills that candidates should possess in order to fare well in the LLM course are listed below:

Interest in Research

Clarity of Speech

Fluency in Language

Ability to argue on a topic

Interest in detail

Confidence

Objectivity

Intellect

Good presentation skills

Integrity

Persuasiveness

Mental and physical stamina

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LLM Subjects and Syllabus 

The syllabus taught as part of an LLM course varies from college to college. Some common topics that are taught in an LLM course are listed below:

Course

Syllabus

LLM (Business Law)

  • Law and Social Transformation in India
  • Indian Constitutional Law: The New Challenges
  • Judicial Process
  • Legal Education and Research Methodology
  • Law of Industrial and Intellectual Property
  • Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Regulation of Economic Enterprises
  • Law Relating to Regulatory Authorities
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution & Securities Law

LLM (Constitutional Law)

  • Law and Social Transformation in India
  • Constitutionalism: Pluralism & Federalism
  • Indian Constitutional Law- The New Challenges
  • National Security, Public Order and Rule of Law
  • Judicial Process
  • Mass Media Law
  • Research Methodology
  • Human Rights
  • Dissertation
  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Process and Judicial Control

LLM (Criminal Law)

  • Theories of Law
  • Research Methodology
  • Banking Law
  • Corporate Jurisprudence
  • Legal Concepts
  • Legislative Process
  • Corporate Law
  • Life and Fire Insurance
  • Judicial Process
  • Law of Intellectual Property
  • Competition Law
  • Consumer Law

LLM (Family Law)

  • Family Law I – System Scope Sources and Schools
  • Family Law II – Marriage and Matrimonial Remedies
  • Comparative Public Law
  • Law and Justice in Globalizing World
  • Legal English and Research Methodology
  • Foreign Business Language
  • Family Law III – Nuclear and Extended Family Rights 
  • Family Law IV – Penal Laws on Family Affairs
  • Family Law V – Family Property and Succession
  • Family Law VI – Family Disputes Resolution
  • Foreign Business Language

LLM (Human Rights)

  • Concept & Classification of Rights
  • Concept of Human Rights
  • Concept of Human Duties
  • Dialectics of Human Rights
  • Emerging Concept of Human Rights
  • Human Duties, Responsibilities & its Effectuation
  • International Obligation
  • Human Rights & Criminal Justice
  • Jurisprudence & Human Rights: Lego Philosophical perspectives
  • Constitutional Governance of Human Rights in India
  • Refugee Law
  • Human Rights and International & Regional Perspectives: Implementation Mechanism
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • People’s Rights to Self-determination
  • Dissertation Research

LLM International Trade Law

  • Introduction International Trade Law
  • Law and Practice in International Banking and Commercial Payments
  • World Trade Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Charter Parties: Law and Practice
  • e-Commerce
  • International Litigation and Arbitration

LLM Jobs and Career Opportunities 

After pursuing an LLM course, candidates can opt for further studies wherein they pursue either MPhil or PhD in Law. However, if candidates want to pursue a career in the field of law then he/ she can go through the below-mentioned job profiles. Aspirants are informed that in order to practice law in India they need to clear the All India Bar Exam (AIBE).

Advocate: In such a job profile one needs to do a lot of research work to gather factual data as well as physical evidence to support their claim. Apart from this, other responsibilities allocated to advocates include scrutinising and drafting contracts.

Solicitor: In such a job profile an individual usually specialises in a specific area of law like tax, litigation, family or property. Solicitors offer legal advice to private as well as commercial clients.

Judge: In such a job profile one has to ensure that justice is administered and legal rights of all the involved parties are safeguarded. A judge presides over trials/ hearings wherein they listen to the case presented by lawyers.

Legal Advisor: Candidates opting to work in such a job profile are also lawyers who specialise in a specific field of law. Legal advisors are usually hired by governments as well as large organisations/ companies. The main task of a legal advisor is to protect their clients from any legal implication or consequence.

Notary Public: Individuals are hired in such a job profile by the central government for the whole or specific part of the country. Any person who has been practicing law (as a lawyer) for a minimum ten years is eligible to apply for a notary post. The tasks performed by a Notary are as follows:

  • To verify, authenticate, certify or attest the execution of any instrument.
  • To translate and verify the translation, of any document from one language into another.
  • To administer an oath to or take an affidavit from any person.
  • To act as commissioner, to record evidence in any civil or criminal trial if so directed by the court or authority.
  • To act as arbitrator, mediator, or conciliator if so required.

Oath Commissioners: In such a job profile one is authorised to verify affidavits. An Oath Commissioner is appointed by the Chief Justice and is usually a solicitor. But this is not always the case. The tasks performed by an Oath Commissioner are as follows:

  • Ensuring the evidence is in written form (the draft affidavit).
  • Enquire that the person before him/ her has read the draft affidavit and fully understands the contents.
  • Make a person swear that the affidavit is true by raising the appropriate Testament in the right hand and repeating the words of the oath.
  • Verify that the affidavit was properly sworn by completing a "jurat" on the affidavit.

The top legal firms that are known to hire law graduates are listed below:

  • Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.
  • AZB & Partners
  • Khaitan & CO
  • J Sagar Associates
  • Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
  • Trilegal
  • S&R Associates
  • Economic Laws Practice
  • Desai & Diwanji
  • Talwar Thakore & Associates

Frequently Asked Question for LLM Course

Q: What does LLM stand for?

A: The degree by the full form in India refers to as Master of Laws and in Latin, refers Legum Magister. 

Q: Is LLM a compulsory degree to pursue law as a profession?

A: While in India, one who has completed an LLB degree either three-year duration after graduation or five-year duration after class 12th makes them eligible enough to pursue law as a profession. An LLM degree is pursued by those who want to learn more in a specialisation. However, in both cases, they have to appear for AIBE conducted by BCI to be able to get a 'Certificate of Practice'. 

Q: Can I study an LLM course without an LLB degree?

A: No, as per the eligibility criteria of an LLM degree (BCI regulations for legal education in India), candidates should hold either a five-year integrated LLB degree or a three-year LLB degree from a recognised law college or university.

Q: What is the duration of the LLM course?

A: Many law colleges in India offer LLM courses as one-year or two-year courses. However, generally, the law degree is offered as a two-year duration. 

Q: How to take admission to a National Law University (NLU) for an LLM course?

A: For admission to the LLM course offered at NLUs in India, candidates have to appear for the CLAT exam and meet the cut-off marks criteria for admission to 22 NLUs in India. However, for admission to NLU Delhi, candidates have to appear and qualify AILET exam. 

Q: Is an LLM degree offered through distance education mode?

A: No, an LLM degree cannot be pursued in distance mode or online mode. However, listed below are some law courses offered by NLSIU Bangalore that candidates can study in distance education mode: 

Q: What can I do after LLM?

A: After pursuing an LLM course, candidates can opt for further studies wherein they pursue either MPhil or PhD in Law. However, if candidates want to pursue a career in the field of law then they can go through the below-mentioned job profiles.

Q: What job roles can be taken up as a career after LLM?

A: candidates can become lawyers, solicitors, judges, legal advisors, etc.

Q: What are some top law firms in India that recruit LLM candidates?

A: Some top law firms are Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, AZB & Partners, Khaitan & Co, J Sagar Associates, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, Trilegal, etc.

Q: What are some top law colleges in India for LLM?

Q: What are some LLM specializations that I can study?

A: You can study LLM specialisations like Civil LawTax LawCriminal LawCorporate LawCommercial Law, International Law,  Labour LawReal Estate Law, etc.

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SANJAY SHARMA

2022-01-12 12:02:31

I did my LLB in 1994 with 50% marks. Which are the colleges for full-time and part-time LLM?

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Gaurav Singh

Beginner-Level 3

2 days ago

If you do not want to join regular classes there is Mewar University Chittorgarh campus Mewar Law Institute Ghaziabad. Only classes are held on Sunday. Fee structure 40,000 approximately per year.

How can I get admission for this course? Which entrance exam do I have to give?

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Aashish kumar

2022-03-02 01:59:34

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Master of Law (LL.M.) at DDU Gorakhpur.

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Akanksha Pandey

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

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Amita

2022-03-02 23:03:38

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Master of Law (LL.M.) at Lucknow University.

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Arpit Sood

Contributor-Level 6

5 days ago

The University select candidates according to the rank achieved in their entrance exam, Rank. Visit this link for more information: https://www.shiksha.com/university/lucknow-university-21456/courses/llm-bc

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Sahenaz Begum

2022-02-26 10:42:52

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Master of Law (LL.M.) at B.R.M. Government Law College.

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Akanksha Pandey

Beginner-Level 5

6 days ago

Please visit their official website: http://brmgovtlawcollegeghy.org/

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Trupti Chauhan

2022-02-27 21:47:13

I want to know about the fee structure at Shree P. M. Patel College of Human Rights & Law for LL.M. in Criminal Law.

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Akanksha Pandey

Beginner-Level 5

6 days ago

You can visit their official site.

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Aseem Sethi

2022-02-28 11:17:43

I am interested in immigration law, should I go with LL. M or PG Diplomas?

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a week ago

PG Diploma would give you in-depth knowledge of immigration law as the course is designed for a particular domain whereas in LL. M it would be studied along with other subjects for e. g Human right law or International law.

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raju nair

2022-02-20 18:02:17

Please give names of universities offering LL. M. in Forensic Sciences.

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Shivang agarwal

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

National Forensic Science academy is the best for studying it.

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Abhishek

2022-02-21 20:20:47

What is the admission process of LL. M. Tell me the full process.

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Debosmita Panja

Beginner-Level 1

a week ago

The admission process for LL. M. in Institute of Law, Nirma University is based on one's scores in PG CLAT. And also to be eligible for LL. M. in the institute one must have passed the three year LL.B. Course or 5 year integrated law degree with min. 55% marks.

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Fee structure

2022-01-27 00:14:24

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Master of Law (LL.M.) at CCS University.

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

2 weeks ago

As per the eligibility list of candidates for years 2021-22 of CCSU. The LLM cutoff is given below. the cutoff (Total score) includes LLB marks and Entrance test scores.
1. Gen: 34
2. OBC: 34
3. SC: 33

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Rajlumar maji

2022-02-16 14:51:36

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for LL.M. at Amity University, Mumbai.

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rekha

Contributor-Level 8

2 weeks ago

HI Rajlumar,
Here you will get Amity Noida 2019 cut-offs, from 1st cut off to last cut off for all 6 departments/colleges and their courses.
Please visit the link for complete details: https://www.shiksha.com/university/amity-university-mumbai-46905/cutoff

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Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

2 weeks ago

Hello Rajkumar, cutoff information for LLM was not available. This could be because none is prescribed by Amity. However I am attaching a link that will give you all the required information about the different courses offered and if you download the brochure, you may get additional information.h...Hello Rajkumar, cutoff information for LLM was not available. This could be because none is prescribed by Amity. However I am attaching a link that will give you all the required information about the different courses offered and if you download the brochure, you may get additional information.
https://www.shiksha.com/university/amity-university-mumbai-46905/courses?rf=filters&s
Best wishes to you.

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SARVAN KUMAR

2022-02-09 14:20:03

I want to know about the fee structure at Maharaj Balwant Singh Post Graduate College for Master of Laws (L.L.M.).

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

3 weeks ago

It is around Rs 25000.

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Sakshi Tater

2022-01-31 21:34:27

Can I know if this LL. M. course is for 1 year or 2 years?

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

The Unitedworld School of Law of Karnavati University is offering a one year LL. M. programme. To build upon the foundation of LL.B. Degree and enable specialisation for the LL. M. candidates in line with the market demand for certain types of law courses, UWSL is offering specialisation in the f...The Unitedworld School of Law of Karnavati University is offering a one year LL. M. programme. To build upon the foundation of LL.B. Degree and enable specialisation for the LL. M. candidates in line with the market demand for certain types of law courses, UWSL is offering specialisation in the fields of Human Rights, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Criminal and Security Law. So the asked LL. M. course is of one year duration of UWSL.

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Selshiya prins D

2022-01-23 00:23:03

For LL. M. in corporate law, how many years will it take for completion of the course? Whether one year or 2 years?

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

It depends on your objective to pursue LL. M. 1 year LL. M is more suitable for job and specializing in a particular subject of law.2 year LL. M is more useful for teaching jobs. I will suggest to pursue 2 year LL. M in corporate law from reputed law colleges like DU, Jamia, KUK, Lucknow Universi...It depends on your objective to pursue LL. M. 1 year LL. M is more suitable for job and specializing in a particular subject of law.2 year LL. M is more useful for teaching jobs. I will suggest to pursue 2 year LL. M in corporate law from reputed law colleges like DU, Jamia, KUK, Lucknow University, etc. Best wishes.

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Nikita

2022-01-18 12:35:54

What is the admission process for LLM at Government Law College, Sikar?

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RAKESH NARU

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Admission is based on scores in the qualifying exams. Qualification is graduation from any stream.

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Vijay Jatal

2022-01-16 12:28:38

Please provide details about external LLM course offered at Nagpur University.

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

This course at Nagpur University department of Humanities is offered in part time mode. The elligibility for the course is graduation in law. One can visit the website for more detail. Best wishes.

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Keyush Sadiwala

2022-01-15 19:42:30

I want to know about the fee structure at V. T. Choksi Sarvajanik Law College for Master of Law (LL.M.).

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

The two year on campus degree LLM fee is about Rs 1.1 lakh at V. T. Choksi Sarvajanik Law College Surat.

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Thank you

2022-01-13 18:30:06

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for LL.M. in Intellectual Property Laws at Pondicherry University.

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

The Entrance Examination for LL.M( IP) will consist of 100 Multiple Choice questions.
Admission is tough as there are only 25 seats.

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Anjum fatima

2021-12-30 05:36:41

I want to know if there is an entrance exam in Amity University for llm or not?

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Atulya Shrivastava

Beginner-Level 5

2 months ago

Yes, there is an entrance test for IIM, all the courses have an entrance test based on what they ask.

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Tapan Kumar Dasgupta

2021-12-17 20:43:09

Which are the UGC and BCI recognised colleges for pursuing LLM via distance mode?

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Vipin Bihari Yadav

Guide-Level 12

2 months ago

Hii, Distance degrees are not recognised by the Bar Council of India. There is a specific notification in this regard available online and at the BCI website. LL. M. has been recognised as a one year course too by the BCI and you may considered pursuing it full time at any University or Deemed Un...Hii, Distance degrees are not recognised by the Bar Council of India. There is a specific notification in this regard available online and at the BCI website. LL. M. has been recognised as a one year course too by the BCI and you may considered pursuing it full time at any University or Deemed University as per your choice. Thanks.

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Shantayya

2021-12-29 17:24:00

I want to know about the fee structure at JNU Delhi for Master of Legislative Law (LLM) .

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Vipin Bihari Yadav

Guide-Level 12

2 months ago

hii,
programme will be: $ 32000 for 2 years ($ 8000 per Semester).
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi for 2021. Find Fee Structure, Course Duration, ..
please visit https://www.shiksha.com/university/jnu-jawaharlal-nehru-university-delhi-4225/courses/llm-bc
thanks.

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