Law / Legal Education is the education gained by individuals to become legal professionals or practitioners. The degree obtained by an individual in this stream can also be useful in some other fields like in business, academic or in politics also. Unlike other forms of professional education such as Medicine and Engineering, Law Education is both professional as well as liberal. It aims at the acquisition of professional skills, if taken as a professional education. But it can aim at value-oriented, socio-cultural education if it is considered as a liberal education.
The main difference between Law and other social science subjects is that legal studies are multi-disciplinary in character. In many law subjects, a scientific background is not only necessary, but is essential. Similarly, in many legal subjects, knowledge of finance and accounts has become essential. Law is concerned with governance and therefore, legal education must be developed upon a sound basis of multi-disciplinary education.
India, owing to its rapid development in professional education, has also provided Law as a hot career option to its aspirants. The various Law schools and universities in India offer several academic programs in Law. The course may be of 5 years, 3 years or of 2 years of duration. One can also pursue 1 year or even 6 months Diploma courses to gain specialized knowledge in the field.
Available Programs in Law & Legal :
B.A LL.B Program :
BA.LLB is an integrated program in Law. It is an undergraduate degree programme that provides a scholarly education, and therefore jurisdictions that offer the LL.B. require internship or additional education before a graduate is authorized to practice law. Curriculum : Law of Contract, History, Economics, Business Law, Law of Torts and Consumer Protection, Corporate Law, Sociology, and IPR are some of the subjects taught during the course.
Duration : BA.LLB is a five-year duration program.
(i) A candidate for admission to the above program must have passed the Higher Secondary School Examination (10+ 2) or an examination equivalent thereof, securing in aggregate not less than 50% in all the core subjects and English put together.
(ii) He/she must not have completed 20 years of age as on 1st July of the year of admission. In the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST the age limit will be 22 years as on 1st July.
LL.B Program :
It is an undergraduate degree programme that aims to impart education in the field of law. The course is intended for graduates.
Law of Contract, Business Law, Law of Torts and Consumer Protection, Corporate Law are some of the subjects taught during the course.
Graduates in any field.
BGL and BAL Program :
Bachelor of General Law/Bachelor of Academic Law is an undergraduate distance learning course in the field of law. The course does not entitle you to practice in the court of law. But it does give you the basic knowledge of law.
Subjects like Jurisprudence, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labour Law and Law of Evidence with Drafting and Conveyancing are taught in this course.
The course is offered as a 2 or a 3 year course, depending on university.
Graduation in any stream.
Master's Program in Law & Legal :
LL.M - Master of Law
While the undergraduate programme in Law teaches the basics of law many subjects, you can specialize in a field of your choice in LL.M.
Subjects Taught: There are compulsory subjects like Constitutional Law and Social Transformation, and there are optional subjects like Criminal Law, Business Law and IPR.
Duration: 2 Years.
A candidate should have secured a LL.B. degree or its equivalent from a recognized University, having obtained not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. Candidates in the final year of their LL.B. course can also apply but their admission would be confirmed only after they submit LL.B. results with the required 50% marks in aggregate.
MBL - Master of Business Law
While MBL is not on an equal footing with an LL.M, Degree-wise, but content-wise it is more than LL.M. LL.M. has a narrow specialisation when compared with MBL. All Laws required to be known by a business law consultant / Advisor / Officer, are included in the curriculum. The course is theoretical as well as practical oriented.
Subjects Taught: Subjects like Criminal Law, Business Law and IPR are taught in MBL.
Duration: 2 Years.
Eligibility: Candidates who hold a graduation degree from a recognized university can study MBL course through correspondence. There is no age limit and people of any age are considered eligible for this distance learning course.