NLSIU to offer one-year law programmes

A Universities Grants Commission (UGC) guideline in January had called for the ‘revamp of the legal education system in India’.

In the light of this notice, The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, is offering two, one-year LLM (Master of Law) programmes from this year. It will be the only law school under the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) scheme to do so. LLM in Business Laws is one of the programmes offered and admits a maximum of 40 candidates. The other programme LLM in Pedagogy and Teaching has an intake of 10 candidates.   

According to a source inside the University, “There is a general feeling among law students for a need to change the Master’s programme and bring it on par with global standards, where the duration of LLM courses are a year long. Moreover, a number of students do not see the point in pursuing a Master’s degree for two years when they can finish it within a year. As a result of this, a large number of them go abroad to obtain their degree.”

A point to be noted is that the NLSIU already has an ongoing two year LLM course in Business Law and Human Rights Law. The two year Master’s course is likely to coincide with the new one-year LLM at NLSIU. However, this is in accordance with one of the the guidelines under the plan that approves of the simultaneous functioning of both.  

Notifications about similar one-year Master’s programmes starting this year have been given by other institutions under the CLAT. The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad, National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRl), Ranchi and the National Law University, Jodhpur, Christ University School of Law, Bangalore and The Indian Law Institute, New Delhi are among them.

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