Master of Law (LL.M)
About Master of Law (LL.M)
Master of law, also popularly known as the LLM programme, is a two-year postgraduate course in the field of law. Graduates who have pursued a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) and want to pursue specific specialisations in the field of law can take up LLM programmes. The programme focuses on certain areas of law that the candidates have opted. The course is designed to provide education regarding trademarks and trademark law practice in India and across the world. Candidates enrolled in these programmes also learn about various international treaties, agreements and conventions. From the legal history to various present-day legal constraints, different segments of the law are covered in the LLM programme.
Popular LL.M Specialisations
Listed below are some popular specialisations of LLM in India.
- Constitutional Law
- International Trade and Business Law
- Taxation Law
- Insurance Laws
- Family Law
- Corporate law and governance
- Environmental Law
- Criminal Law
- Human rights
- Intellectual property Law
Master of Law (LL.M) Highlights
Check the major highlights of the programme of LLM in the table given below.
Master of Law
As opted by the candidate
Regular/ Distance/ Part-Time
Minimum Qualification Required
Bachelor degree in Law
Entrance Exam/ Merit-based
Average Course Fee
Rs. 1.5 to 5 lacs
Master of Law (LL.M) Eligibility Criteria
- Minimum Qualification Required: Bachelor of Law (LL.B)
- Minimum Marks Required (Aggregate): 55%
- Minimum Age Requirement: 17 years or more
LL.M Admission Process
Candidates who seek admission in the LLM programme will have to go through the selection process followed by the college they desire. The commonly accepted admission process of LLM at most of the law colleges in India has been explained below.
- Many colleges accept national/ state level law entrance exams to shortlist applicants.
- Some colleges conduct their individual institute-level entrance test for the admission process.
- Merit-based admissions are also offered at some colleges in which candidates are selected on the basis of their aggregate score in the qualifying bachelor degree.
- Additional rounds of Personal Interaction or Group Discussion might also be held at some institutes.
LL.M Entrance Exams
All candidates have to clear the entrance exams on the basis of which admissions to LLM programmes are conducted. Admissions are done on the basis of score in the entrance exam and interviews conducted by the respective law institute. Listed below are some of the popular exams for admission to LLM.
- CLAT PG
- IPU CET
- BHU PET
- DU Entrance Exam
- LSAT India
- TS PGLCET
- AP PGLCET
Master of Law (LL.M) Syllabus
Law and social transformation in India
Legal research and methodology
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
International Trade Law
Intellectual Property Rights
Master of Law (LL.M) Career Options and Job Prospects
Law is one of the professions that is recession-free and jobs are available in private as well as public sector. The Government of India, as well as, various state governments release numerous posts for lawyers and LL.M graduates. Candidates for these lucrative job profiles are hired through entrance exams for serving different government departments. Since legal affairs are a part of almost every organisation, corporate firms also hire lawyers and LL.M graduates in order to take care of the legal tasks and requirements of the organisation. Skilled graduates can also take up private practice and earn huge salaries by practicing law at different courts. Following are some law profiles that LL.M graduates can take up:
- Oath Commissioner
- Legal Document Reviewer
- Legal Consultant
- Legal Associate
- Professor of Law
- Fraud Investigator
Salaries of LL.M graduates vary depending on the type of job profiles they have taken up. Usually, LL.M graduates earn a salary of Rs. 2,5 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh at the beginning of their careers depending on their skill. Experienced advocates can earn up to Rs. 7 lakh per annum by practicing law. Legal consultants and advisers also make good salaries ranging from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh per annum. The package in this field paid to magistrates and judges are up to Rs. 12 lakh. Private lawyers who practice in Supreme Court can make up to Rs. 1 crore per annum depending on their skill and expertise.