UGC NET Important Topics for Law

Subhashri Roy
Subhashri RoyPublished On: November 07, 2020 | UGC NET

Appearing for UGC NET Law? Here are the important topics for UGC NET in Law along with the exam pattern and the direct link to its complete syllabus.

UGC NET Important Topics for Law

The UGC National Eligibility Test, popularly known as NET, is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted twice a year for the recruitment of Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor both for various Indian Universities and colleges.

Conducted by the National Testing Agency, UGC NET is held in June and November. The test will comprise two papers, both of which will consist of objective type questions or MCQs.

Candidates who are going to appear for the UGC NET 2020 in Law must have a fair knowledge of the important topics under it. In this article, we have covered the UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern for law along with the important topics under the subject on which the candidate needs to focus the most.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern for Law

Check out the exam pattern for UGC NET 2020 which will comprise two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. While Paper 1 shall be primarily based on the candidate’s teaching and research aptitude, Paper 2 shall evaluate the candidate’s domain knowledge.


Total Marks

Total Duration

Questions Based On

Number of Questions



3 hours with no break in between.

Teaching and research aptitude, communication, mathematical reasoning and aptitude, comprehension, logical reasoning, ICT, people, development and environment, data interpretation and higher education system




The subject of law


UGC NET 2020 Important Topics for Law

Candidates taking the UGC NET 2020 for the subject of law can find the important topics which will help them ace the exam and get the award of JRF and/or the eligibility for Assistant Professor.

Unit 1:


Concepts of ownership, property and possession

Law and development

Concept of liability

Modernism and post-modernism

Global justice

Nature and sources of law

Concept of rights and duties

Law and morality

Schools of jurisprudence

Legal personality

Also Read: CSIR UGC NET: Dates, Application Form (Live), Answer Key, Eligibility, Syllabus, Results, Selection

Unit 2:

Administrative and Constitutional Law

Preamble, directive principles of state policy, fundamental rights and duties,

Union Legislature, State legislature and distribution of their legislative powers

Union and State executive

Election Commission of India


Nature, scope and significance of administrative law

Temporary, transitional and exclusive provisions of certain states

Emergency provisions

Judicial review of administrative actions – Grounds.

Principle of natural justice.

Unit 3:

Law of Crimes

General principles of criminal liability – mens rea and Actus reus, individual, group liability and constructive liability

Offences against the human body

Offences against property

Counterfeiting and Drug trafficking

Offences against public tranquillity

Offences against women and children

Theories and types of punishments, compensation to the victims of crime

General exceptions in crimes

Stages of crimes and inchoate crimes - Criminal conspiracy, Abetment and attempt

Offences against state and terrorism

Unit 4:

IHL and Public International Law

Sources of International law

International law – Meaning, nature and basis

Recognition of states and governments

Refugees, Nationality, immigrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs)

United Nations and its organs

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Asylum and Extradition

International humanitarian law (IHL) - Protocols and Conventions

Settlement of international disputes

Implementation of International Humanitarian Law - Its Challenges

Unit 5:

Commercial Law

The frustration of Contract, Breach of contract, void and voidable agreements

Specific contracts - Indemnity, guarantee and agency, Bailment, pledge

The standard form of quasi-contract and contract

Essential elements of contract and e-contract

Negotiable Instruments Act of 1881

Company law – Meetings and Directors

Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Partnership and limited liability

Company law –Prospectus, shares and debentures, incorporation of a company

Sale of Goods Act, 1930

Unit 6:

Systems of Governance and Comparative Public Law

Systems of constitutional review – Switzerland, India, USA and France

Ombudsman – India, Sweden, UK

Open Government and Right to Information (RTI) - India, USA, UK

Judicial activism, Independence of judiciary and accountability – India, USA and UK

Amendment of the Constitution – South Africa, India, USA

Rule of Law – ‘Substantive’ and ‘Formal’ versions

Forms of governments – Unitary and federal, Presidential and parliamentary,

Models of federalism – Canada, USA and India

Comparative Law – Problems and concerns in Comparison, relevance, methodology

Separation of powers – USA, France, India and the UK

Unit 7:

Consumer Protection and Law of Torts

Specific torts – Nuisance, trespass and defamation and negligence.

Tortious liability of the State

The Competition Act, 2002 - Abuse of dominant position and regulation of combinations, the prohibition of certain agreements.

Nature and definition of tort

General principles of tortious liability

General defences

The Consumer Protection Act 1986 - Consumer Rights and redressal mechanism and definitions,

Remoteness of damages

The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 -Third-party insurance and claims tribunal, no-fault liability

Strict and absolute liability

Also Read: UGC NET Important Topics for English Literature

Unit 8:

Human Rights and Environment Law

Group rights – Elderly persons, women, minorities, children, persons with disabilities and weaker sections

Enforcement and Protection of human rights in India – National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (ST)

National Commission for Backward Classes, National Commission for Women

National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities

Meaning and concept of ‘environment’ and ‘environmental pollution’

UN Conferences and International environmental law

Legal and Constitutional framework for the protection of the environment in India

Environmental Impact Assessment

Control of hazardous waste in India

Concept and development of human rights

Cultural relativism and Universalism

International Bill of Rights

National Green Tribunal (NGT)

Unit 9:

Family Law

Marriage and the dissolution of it

Matrimonial remedies - Divorce and its theories

Changing dimensions of the institution of marriage and Live-in relationship

Sources and schools

Gift, wakf and will

Maintenance, dowry and stridhan

Adoption, guardianship and acknowledgement

Succession and inheritance

Uniform Civil Code (UCC)

Recognition of foreign decrees in India on divorce and marriage

Unit 10:

IT and Intellectual Property Law

Theories of intellectual property

International conventions related to intellectual properties

Copyright and neighbouring rights – Subject matters, infringement and remedies, limitations and exceptions

Cybercrimes, adjudication and penalties

Protection of Geographical Indications

Law of patent – Patentability, limitations and exceptions, the procedure for grant of patent, infringement and remedies

Law of trademark – Registration of trademarks, infringement and passing off, remedies, kinds of trademarks,

Concept and meaning of intellectual property

Click Here to Check out the complete syllabus for UGC NET in Law

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Here is all the crucial information about the UGC NET that you must be aware of before applying for the exam.

Eligibility Criteria of UGC NETHow to Prepare for UGC NET
Exam Pattern of UGC NETSyllabus of UGC NET
Best Books for UGC NETCoaching Institutes for UGC NET
How to Apply for UGC NETMock Test for UGC NET
Previous Year Question Papers for UGC NETSample Papers for UGC NET

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What topics should I cover to ace the paper 1 of UGC NET Law?

Topics such as Teaching and research aptitude, mathematical reasoning and aptitude, communication, comprehension, logical reasoning, development and environment, ICT, people, data interpretation and higher education system should be covered to score well in paper 1 of UGC NET Law.

Which topics should I cover in order to prepare for Paper 2 in the UGC NET Law exam?

To prepare for Paper 2 in the UGC NET Law exam, the important topics that needed to be covered are Jurisprudence, Administrative and Constitutional Law, Law of Crimes, IHL and Public International Law, Commercial Law, Systems of Governance and Comparative Public Law, Consumer Protection and Law of Torts, Human Rights and Environment Law, IT and Intellectual Property Law and Fami;y Law.

What does paper 1 and paper 2 evaluate in the UGC NET for Law?

Paper 1 in the UGC Law analyses the research and teaching aptitude of the candidate while paper 2 evaluates the domain knowledge of the candidate.


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