Masters in Legislative Law

What is the full form of LLM?

The LLM course full form is Master of Laws also known as Legum Magister. LLM is a postgraduate course that law students can pursue after obtaining an LLB degree from a recognized university.

LLM Course Duration

The LLM course is a one-year duration programme in most cases. However, some law schools also offer two years or three year LLM programmes. The apex law education regulator in the country, the Bar Council of India has recently announced that LLM will be a two-year duration as it plans to scrap the one-year programme.

LLM Specialisation

Students who want to become an expert in a particular subject of Law can do so by pursuing LLM with specialization. Today, as the scope of legal matters has expanded and various industries are looking for legal experts in their domain, LLM specialisation courses have become popular among students. The specialization courses help them in concentrating on a given sub-domain of law.

So, what are the trending LLM specializations? Here is the list of such courses.

LLM Specialization Courses

LLM specializationDetails
Intellectual Property LawEnvironmental Law
Taxation Law.Technology/Information Technology (IT) Law
Constitutional Law.Business Law
Family LawComparative Law
Human RightsCyber Law
Corporate LawAlternative Dispute Resolution
Criminal Law.Insurance Law
Real Estate LawMaritime Law
Labour LawLLM in Gender Studies

Where to study an LLM Course?

There are many colleges and universities that offer LLM courses with various specializations. Among the most popular ones are the National Law Universities (NLUs) which offer LLM courses based on entrance examination – Common Law Admission Test. There are several other public and private universities that offer LLM courses.

Top Law Colleges offering LLM Course

NLUsNIRF Ranking 2020LLM seats
NLSIU Bangalore150
NLU Delhi270
NLU Hyderabad360
NLU Jodhpur550
NUJS Kolkata640
GNLU Gandhinagar752
RGNUL Patiala1038
NLU Lucknow1124
NLU Odisha, Cuttack1444
Panjab University, Chandigarh15178
NLU Assam, Guwahati1630
NLIU Bhopal1760
Indian Law Institute1839
Faculty of Law, Delhi UniversityNot ranked131
CNLU PatnaNot ranked60
NLU KochiNot ranked60
NLU RanchiNot ranked40
NLU VisakhapatnamNot ranked24
NLU TrichyNot ranked20
MNLU MumbaiNot ranked50
MNLU NagpurNot ranked20
MNLU AurangabadNot ranked20
NLU ShimlaNot ranked40
NLU JabalpurNot ranked40

Popular law colleges and universities offering LLM programme

Name of CollegeEntrance exam
National Law UniversitiesCommon Law Admission Test and All India Law Entrance Test
Law colleges of TelanganaTS PGLCET
Law colleges of Andhra PradeshAP PGLCET
Panjab UniversityPU LLM entrance exam
Delhi UniversityDU LLM
Symbiosis Law School PuneSLS AIAT
Lovely Professional UniversityLPU NEST

Eligibility for Admission to LLM Courses

Educational qualification – The candidate must have completed an LLB degree (3-year LLB or 5-year LLB) from a recognized university.

Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of graduation are also eligible for appearing in the LLM admission process. However, they must have obtained the qualification by the time of the final stage of the admission process.

Minimum qualifying marks – The criteria for minimum marks in the qualifying examination may vary from college to college. In the case of NLUs, the general category candidates are required to score at least 50% aggregate marks. SC and ST candidates must have a score not less than 45% marks in aggregate.

Syllabus for LLM Entrance Exams

Being a graduate-level admission test, most LLM entrance exams have a more or less common syllabus. The questions in the LLM entrance exams are generally framed from common subjects of LLB programmes. Some of the topics that are included in the LLM entrance exam syllabus are mentioned below.

Syllabus for LLM entrance examinations

Constitutional LawLaw of Torts
Administrative lawCriminal Law
Family lawLabour and industrial law
Property lawPublic international law
JurisprudenceCompany law
Intellectual Property LawInternational Law
Tax lawLaw of Contracts
Environmental law

How to Prepare for LLM Entrance Exams

Candidates who appear in LLM are generally LLB graduates and have a decent level of understanding of the law and related subjects. In order to prepare for the LLM entrance examination, such candidates will have to refer to graduation level books along with legal current affairs. Here are some basic preparation tips for preparing for the LLM entrance exams.

  1. Check the LLM entrance exam pattern and syllabus before starting the preparation
  2. Collect the necessary study material – LLB books of graduation level and the standard books for entrance examinations.
  3. Follow a study routine and try to study for 4-5 hours each day.
  4. Read a daily newspaper, make notes and revise them regularly
  5. Check the previous year entrance exam paper for LLM and solve them all.
  6. Attempt mock test for enhancing your preparation

LLM Subjects

The course structure of LLM depends on the type of specialization offered by the university. In general, the two-year LLM course is divided into four semesters. The subjects included in Delhi University’s LLM course are mentioned below.

LLM Course Subjects – Two Year Duration

Semester 1
Comparative Constitution Law and Governance – CompulsoryLegal and Social Science Research Methods – Compulsory
Optional subjects (Candidates can opt any two subjects
Law of International Organisation and Human RightsCorporate Management and Social Responsibility
Intellectual and Industrial Property Laws-IComparative Labour and Wage Law
Comparative Labour and Wage LawComparative Law of Marriage, Divorce and Civil Code
Administrative Law and Regulatory Mechanisms
Semester 2
Law and Justice in a Global World – Compulsory Course
Optional subjects
Administrative Action and Judicial ReviewAdministrative Action and Judicial Review
Law of Air and SpaceLaw of Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation
Competition and Consumer Protection LawIntellectual and Industrial Property Laws-I
Insurance Law and Banking (NewCyber and Information Technology Law (New)
Corporate and White Collar CrimesLaw of Torts and Disaster Management
Law, Media and Censorship
Third Semester (Three optional subjects)
Interpretation and Drafting of Treaties and LegislationsInternational Economic Law, Trade & Diplomacy
Environmental LawTax Policies and Tax Reforms
Criminology and Criminal Justice administrationLaws of Inheritance and Succession
Law of women and Child rights (modified)
Fourth Semester

LLM One year course – Business Laws offered by NLSIU Bangalore (Tri-semester system)

First semesterSecond semesterThird semester
Research-Based Learning in Law: Models & MethodsChanging Conception of Justice & Globalised Legal OrderInternational Trade Law
Comparative Public Law and GovernanceTaxation LawSeminar Course
International & Comparative Law of IPRsSeminar CourseSeminar Course
Corporate GovernanceSeminar CourseDissertation

Jobs After LLM

A degree in LLM course opens various career options, in both public and private companies. The government jobs after LLM are in the field of Judicial Services, Legal consultant/advisor, teaching and others. In the private sector, the LLM graduates are offered various job roles such as lawyer, legal advisor, policy analyst, Legal assistant, researcher and others. The salary of an LLM graduate varies as per the job profile. The average salary of an LLM graduate may vary from 6 LPA to 12 LPA.