3-year LLB or 5-year Integrated LLB – Which is a Better Course?

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiPublished On: September 25, 2020

One of the biggest dilemma in the career of a law aspirant is to decide the right career path along with the course. This article helps candidates in understanding the better choice between a 3-year LLB and a 5-year integrated LLB programme.

3-year LLB or 5-year Integrated LLB – Which is a Better Course?

Law is one of the popular fields of education and there has always been a good demand for law courses amongst the students. One of the biggest dilemma in the career of a law aspirant is to decide the right career path along with the course.

Which is the best law course, should I do BA LLB integrated course or LLB after graduation, which is the better course amongst the two, etc. are some of the most frequently asked questions in this field of education. To understand 3-year LLB and 5-year LLB Integrated programmes in detail, check the table given below.

3-year LLB vs 5-year Integrated LLB

Students often have to go through the confusion of having to choose between a three-year-long LLB degree or an integrated law course which is covered over a duration of five years. The courses that come under the 5 year LLB degree are BA LLB (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law), B.Com LLB (Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law), B.Sc LLB (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law), BBA LLB (Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Law), and B.Tech LLB (Bachelor of Technology and Bachelor of Law). Candidates can check the table below to get an understanding of the basic details of 3 year UG law and 5 year UG law.

Features3-year LLB5-year Integrated LLB
Level of Programme3-year LLB is an undergraduate programme in law. Students can pursue this course only after they have successfully completed their graduation but that does not make it a postgraduate degree.5-year LLB is an integrated programme. This programme includes a graduate programme such as BA, BBA, etc. along with the core LLB degree.
Duration3 years5 years
CurriculumIn this programme, you will be studying the fundamentals of law and the constitution of India. All the semesters and subjects in this programme are dedicated to law education.Being an integrated course, 5-year LLB comprises of subjects related to the graduation programme (eg. BA, BBA, B.Com, etc.) as well as core law subjects. These subjects are evenly distributed over a duration of 10 semesters.
Course ObjectiveThe objective of the course is to focus on different aspects of law education and prepare the students to practice law or work as legal advisers in the corporate sectors.The objective of 5-year LLB is not any different from the 3-year LLB programme. The only difference is that the programme also focuses on basic graduation level subjects apart from core law education.
Admission Criteria/ Eligibility

Students must have passed graduation with at least 45% marks.

Admission to most of the institutes is done on the basis of entrance exams such as LSAT.

To take admission in this programme, students must have passed 10+2 with a minimum of 50% marks.

Students willing to take admission will have to appear for exams like CLAT, AILET, SET, etc.

OpportunitiesThe value of the programme depends on the institute from which the course is pursued. If pursued from reputed colleges such as NLUs, the course will open up various job options.The value of the programme is the same as the 3-year LLB programme in terms of job opportunities as both programmes are considered equivalent.

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3 Year LLB or 5 Year Integrated LLB - Which is Better

Deciding your career path in this field must depend on your priorities. If you are certain that you want to make a career in law, then the 5-year LLB programme is the best option for you. This course will not only save one year of education as compared to 3-year LLB programmes but will also offer the same educational merit.

However, if you want to gain experience in a different field of education or if you are not sure about pursuing law, you can pursue a 3-year graduation course such as BA, BBA, B.Sc., B.Com, etc. and then apply for the 3-year LLB programme. Either way, you should weigh your options carefully as time is vital and it is important to invest your resources wisely in the field of education.

Top Colleges for 3 Year LLB in India

Here is a list of the best colleges in India that offer LLB to all law aspirants. Candidates can shortlist any of these colleges for pursuing their undergraduate degree in law.

College Name


Chandigarh University (CU)

Chandigarh, Punjab

Amity University

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Aurora's Legal Sciences Institute (ALSI), Bhongir

Nalgonda, Telangana

Bhai Gurdas Group of Institutions (BGGI)

Sangrur, Punjab

Apex University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Ansal University

Gurugram, Haryana

Symbiosis Law School (SLS)

Pune, Maharashtra

Government Law College (GLC)

Mumbai, Maharashtra

ILS Law College

Pune, Maharashtra

Jindal Global Law School

Sonipat, Haryana

Top Colleges for 5 Year Integrated LLB in India

Candidates who are hunting for the best colleges for 5-year law courses can check the list below. Here are some of the leading law colleges in India that offer 5-year integrated law degrees.

College Name


Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIP)

Dwarka, Delhi

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Symbiosis Law School (SLS)

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU)

Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

Jaipur National University (JNU)

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Amity University

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Alliance University

Bangalore, Karnataka

National Law School of India University (NLSIU)

Bangalore, Karnataka

Noida International University - NIU

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

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