Types of Law Degree Programme
Integrated Law Degree Programmes
An integrated law degree programme is appropriate for a candidate who has just completed high school (10+2). It integrates two different fields into one programme—law together with a subject like Business, Arts, Commerce, or Science. The curriculum consists of subjects from both fields. The subjects pertaining to Business, Arts, Commerce, and Science are taught until the third year of the course simultaneously with subjects pertaining to law. The remainder of the course is dedicated to specialized study of law.
The duration of integrated degree programmes is five or six years. An advantage of these programmes is that they take one less year to complete as compared to obtaining a Bachelor's degree and then obtaining a traditional three-year law degree. Integrated law programmes also permit the candidate to study additional subjects of their interest.
LL.B. Bachelor of Law
This is the traditional law degree, pursued only after completion of a graduate degree in any field. The curriculum consists of different law courses like Criminal law, Constitutional law, Property Law, Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, and so on. The duration of this degree is 3 years.
Master of Laws LL.M.
The Master of Laws degree can be pursued by candidates who already possess a Bachelor’s degree in law (any of the above types). Lawyers who wish to specialize in a particular field of law or enter academia may choose to seek this degree. The specialized field may consist of international law, intellectual property law, corporate law, comparative constitutional law, or various other law fields. The duration of the course is one year or two years depending upon the university curriculum.
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