One Year LL.M. Course to Be Abolished In India; New Admission Test to Be Introduced

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Jan 2021 3:31pm

One Year LL.M. Course to Be Abolished In India; New Admission Test to Be Introduced

A decision has been taken by the Bar Council of India to abolish the system of one year LLM course which was first introduced in India in the year 2013. According to the latest notification of BCI Legal Education (Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive, Vocational, Clinical and other Continuing Education) Rules, 2020, the post graduation course will now be of two years consisting of four semesters. The Rules have stated that, one year duration of LLM which was introduced in 2013 by the University Grant Commission, shall remain in force till the Academic Session in which these Regulations are notified but not after that. All the Universities throughout the country must implement a two year LLM course.

As per the Rules, without having graduation in Law, a candidate will not be allowed to avail the Master’s degree of LLM in any specialized branch of Law. The Rules have also stated that, an entrance test, Post Graduate Common Entrance Test in Law (PGCETL), will be conducted by the BCI for the admission of LLM. However, the Universities can follow its own admission process for LLM till Post Graduate Common Entrance Test in Law comes into effect.

According to the Rules, if a candidate has obtained a one year LLM degree after an equivalent LLB degree from any high accredited foreign University, then that candidate is entitled to be appointed as a visiting professor for at least one year in an Indian University so as to consider that one year LLM programme and one year teaching experience as equivalent.

The Rules have also prescribed that, a maximum number of 20 students in each branch of specialisation and a maximum number of 50 students in overall LLM programme must be admitted. In addition, the regulations further aim to promote and strengthen the effectiveness of legal education and the profession. To this end, the BCI will launch two professional efficiency enhancement courses for continued education, only for advocates who are licensed with any State Bar Board.

Conducting a para-legal, technology and court management courses have also been proposed to cover updated education and training. 

Tagged: LLM Course   New Admission Test   Bar Council of India   BCI   Legal Education   Academic Session   Post Graduate Common Entrance Test   PGCETL   LLB degree   LLM programme   State Bar Board  
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