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LLM Admissions in India 2021: Entrance Exams, Admission Process, Specialisations, Eligibility, Top Colleges

Diksha Sharma
Diksha SharmaPublished On: June 07, 2021

Find out all the details regarding LLM admissions in India 2021, including law entrance exams, eligibility criteria, admission process, specialisations, and top colleges in India to study LLM.

LLM Admissions in India

After pursuing law, the next step for the majority of law students is to opt for higher degree education. Master of Law (LLM) is one of the most sought after courses of law when it comes to PG courses after an academic undergraduate or a professional law degree.

Students who have pursued LLM can go for various top-notch career choices including becoming a Judge, Oath Commissioner, Senior Advocate, Legal Associate, Trustee, etc. In this article, we will look at all the details regarding LLM admissions in India 2021 including the admission process, entrance exams, eligibility and top Indian colleges to study law.

LLM Specialisations 2021

The different specialisations one can pursue in LLM are described below:

  • Family Law: It is a law specialisation that includes the study of family law matters such as divorce, abuse, child custody, family violence, financial settlement of family possessions, etc.

  • Taxation Law: Tax Law a law specialisation that includes the study of law in terms of taxes and the various regulations pertaining to taxes.

  • Constitutional Law: Constitutional law is the study of law that specialises in terms of constitutional norms and regulation, its adherence, and violation for companies, legal judiciaries, and legal consultancies.

  • Criminal Law: The course of Criminal Law course specialises in crime and justice including international crime, offences, causation, forensics, etc.

  • Human Rights: This law specialisation pertains to the adherence and violation of human rights at local, regional, national and international levels.

  • Environmental Law: Environmental Law is an LLM specialisation that pertains to the legal norms in terms of sustainable economic development.

  • Intellectual Property Law: The specialisation of Intellectual Property Law covers all the rights in terms of intellectual properties such as artistic works, phrases, words, designs, symbols, inventions, etc.

  • Insurance Law: This LLM specialisation pertains to the adherence of insurance law which covers the terms and claims of any insurance.

Eligibility Criteria for LLM Admissions 2021

Students who want to pursue LLM must adhere to the following eligibility criteria for admission:

  • The student must have an undergraduate degree in LLB, a professional law degree under 10+2+5 or any of the equivalent courses with an aggregate of 55% (50% for reserved categories and disabled).

  • Students of any age can apply for the exam as there are no age restrictions.

  • The admission of students and the mode of selection into LLM vary in terms of different institutes and entrance tests. However, the students are given admissions on the basis of their screening of merit.

Popular LLM Entrance Exams 2021

Majorly, there are 5 LLM entrance exams conducted all over India which law aspirants can appear for to pursue law:

All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) 2021

It is a university level exam conducted by the National Law University of Delhi for admissions into five years’ BA LLB and 1 year-long LLM program. The test is conducted for an overall duration of 90 minutes and every year, over 20,000 students apply for the exam. The registration for AILET 2021 has started from January 2021 and will extend till May 20, 2021. The AILET 2021 exam will be conducted on June 20, 2021.

How to Apply for AILET

Eligibility Criteria for AILET

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) PG 2021

CLAT is a national level LLM entrance test which is conducted by the National Law University (NLU) Odisha, Cuttack. The exam is held in offline mode. The application form for CLAT, 2021 has started from January 1st and will close on March 31, 2021. The 2021 CLAT exam will be held on June 13, 2021.

How to Apply for CLAT PG

Eligibility Criteria for CLAT PG

Law School Admission Test (LSAT India) 2021

LSAT is one of the most renowned entrance tests which is accepted by more than 76 law colleges in India. The test is conducted in offline mode and is administered by Pearson VUE on the behalf of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

The registration for LSAT 2021 has already commenced and will close on June 4, 2021. The exam for LSAT 2021 will be held on March 25, 2021, for candidates who wish to appear before CBSE exams and from June 14, 2021, onwards for the rest of the applicants.

How to Apply for LSAT India

Eligibility Criteria for LSAT India

Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test (IPU CET) 2021

IPU CET is another university level entrance exam for LLM admissions which is conducted by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The exam is held offline and students can apply for the exam from the official site of Indraprastha University.

How to Apply for IPU CET

Eligibility Criteria for IPU CET

Delhi University LLM Entrance Test (DU LLM) 2021

DU LLM is an entrance test for getting admissions into LLM which is conducted by the University of Delhi. The test is conducted once a year and consists of a total of 100 MCQ questions to be completed within 120 minutes. The registration for DU LLM 2021 has not commenced yet.

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LLM Admissions 2021

LLM or Masters in Law is a post-graduate degree for any student who holds an undergraduate degree in law or its equivalent. It is a 2-year PG course that a student can pursue if he/she wants to pursue any specialisation in law. Admission into LLM is generally done on the basis of entrance exams. The student must have an undergraduate degree in LLB to get admission into LLM.

LLM Admission through AILET 2021

After the completion of the entrance test, a merit list will be released and the counselling of students will be done by the National Law University, Delhi. The qualified students will have to submit the admission/counselling fee to the NLU office before the deadline. After the first slot admission, NLU will conduct the AILET spot counselling round which will be the final admission round for the shortlisted candidates on the waitlist.

Private Law Colleges in India Accepting AILET Scores

LLM Admission through CLAT 2021

After the exam, the rank list for CLAT 2021 will be released and the seats will be allotted on the basis of the rank. Further counselling for the admission will be done through the centralised online counselling which is conducted by the CLAT authority. The students will have to pay an amount of Rs. 50,000 to participate in the counselling process. Finally, LLM admissions will begin after the verification of student’s documents.

Private Law Colleges in India Accepting CLAT Scores

LLM Admission through LSAT 2021

After the entrance test, the merit list will be released and the qualified students will have the chance to attend the counselling and opt for their preferred colleges. Students can choose their colleges from a list of more than 76 law colleges based on their personal preferences. Further, the documents of students will be verified and the final slot of admission will start.

Private Law Colleges Accepting LSAT India Scores

LLM Admission through IPU CET 2021

After the declaration of IPU CET 2021 results, the qualified students will be provided with the provisional allotment Letter. The students will then have to print the letter and appear for the counselling process. The counselling process for LLM will be held in offline mode and the students will have to visit the specified location for their counselling. The students can then lock their seats in the college, get their documents verified and pay the admission fee.

Participating Colleges in IPU CET 2021

LLM Admission through DU LLM 2021

The counselling session for DU LLM will start in the first week of August after the result declaration, which will be conducted by the Faculty of Law, Delhi University. The counselling and the admission will be conducted as per the set schedule of the university in the offline mode. The students are required to bring all the documents as specified by the university to carry out the final round of the LLM admission process.

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Private Colleges in India to Study LLM

The high cutoff and limited seat intake of the National Law Universities (NLUs) make it difficult for all aspiring candidates to get admission to the college of their choice. However, there are several private colleges and universities which students can consider for pursuing LLM. Given below is a list of some of the top colleges in India to study LLM:

Name of the College


Fee Structure

Lovely Professional University


Rs. 480,000

The ICFAI University


Rs. 40,000

Amity University, Manesar


Rs. 1,20,000

Chandigarh University


Rs. 200,000

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology


Rs. 2,00,000

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)


Rs. 4,16,000

Brainware University


Rs. 3,00,000

Jagran Lakecity University


Rs. 20,000

Also Read: Difference Between LSAT in India and Abroad

Fill-up our Common Application Form (CAF) to find the best law college for yourself. Through CAF, you can apply to multiple colleges and you will also get personal counselling from our admissions experts. They will give you the options of the ideal institutes for you based on your preference. You can also call on the student helpline number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free).

For further queries related to LLM admissions in India 2021, you can also reach out to us through our Q&A section. Meanwhile, keep reading our articles on CollegeDekho for more insight into the world of education


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