Master of Laws (LLM)
The Faculty of Legal Studies is attempting to move away from the traditional confines of the discipline and forge a regional response to the expansive vista of international law. Students with diverse backgrounds from the South Asian region provide an added advantage and an international experience to those who wish to explore legal scholarship beyond borders.
The Master of Laws (LLM) programme which is of two years (four semester) duration is geared towards research and focuses on South Asian legal systems and their response to emerging issues in international law. Combining mainstay areas in international law and the emerging streams in this knowledge domain, it offers courses in Legal Theory and Jurisprudence, General Principles of International Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law, Law on Transnational Contracts and Arbitration, International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Law of International Organizations, International Human Rights Law, Law of the Sea, Private International Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Dispute Settlement, International Maritime Law, and International Environmental Law, among others. Some innovative courses such as Comparative Constitutional Law of South Asian countries are also offered.
The Research Programme includes pedagogy related to contemporary concerns in international law with a commitment to capacity building within the South Asian region by exploring a South Asian perspective on the emerging issues in international law – human rights issues, concerns within economic law, transnational commerce, to name a few.
12 years of schooling + a 5 year integrated BA/LLB degree or 12 years of schooling + a 2 or 3 year Bachelor’s degree + a 3 year LLB degree or 12 years of schooling + a 4 year LLB degree) from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent grade.
Format of the Entrance Test
The duration of the Entrance Test will be 3 hours and the question paper will consist of 100 multiple choice questions in two parts.
Part A will have 20 multiple choice questions of one mark each on general knowledge, political science, geography, general science and civics of the 10+2 level.
Part B will have 80 multiple choice questions of the LLB level carrying one mark each and will generally include the following areas:
Public International Law: General Principles of International Law (Recognition, Succession, State Responsibility, State Immunity, Relationship between International law and Municipal Law); International Organizations; Law of the Sea; Diplomatic and Consular Immunity and others; International Trade Law; International Criminal Law; International Humanitarian Law; Intellectual Property Rights; International Environmental Law; International Human Rights Law.
Jurisprudence: Analytical School of Law; Pure Theory of Law; Sociological Jurisprudence; Legal Personality and Legal Rights; Ownership; Possession and Rule of Law.
Negative Marks for Wrong Answers
If the answer given to any of the Multiple Choice Questions is wrong, ¼ of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.