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Master of Law (LL.M)

Updated By Sukriti Vajpayee on 25 Nov, 2020
Average Duration
1 years-2 years
Average Fee
1 K-3 L INR annual
Exams Accepted
Study Mode
Regular,Part-time,Distance Learning

About Master of Law (LL.M)

Master of law, also popularly known as the LLM programme, is a two-year postgraduate course in the field of law. Graduates who have pursued a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) and want to pursue specific specialisations in the field of law can take up LLM programmes. The programme focuses on certain areas of law that the candidates have opted. The course is designed to provide education regarding trademarks and trademark law practice in India and across the world. Candidates enrolled in these programmes also learn about various international treaties, agreements and conventions. From the legal history to various present-day legal constraints, different segments of the law are covered in the LLM programme.

Popular LL.M Specialisations

Listed below are some popular specialisations of LLM in India.

  • Constitutional Law
  • International Trade and Business Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Insurance Laws
  • Family Law
  • Corporate law and governance
  • Environmental Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Human rights
  • Intellectual property Law
  • Jurisprudence

Master of Law (LL.M) Highlights

Check the major highlights of the programme of LLM in the table given below.

Short Name


Full Name

Master of Law



Couse Level





As opted by the candidate


2 Years

Course Mode

Regular/ Distance/ Part-Time

Minimum Qualification Required 

Bachelor degree in Law

Selection Process

Entrance Exam/ Merit-based



Average Course Fee

Rs. 1.5 to 5 lacs

Master of Law (LL.M) Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum Qualification Required: Bachelor of Law (LL.B)
  • Minimum Marks Required (Aggregate): 55%
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 17 years or more

LL.M Admission Process

Candidates who seek admission in the LLM programme will have to go through the selection process followed by the college they desire. The commonly accepted admission process of LLM at most of the law colleges in India has been explained below.

  • Many colleges accept national/ state level law entrance exams to shortlist applicants.
  • Some colleges conduct their individual institute-level entrance test for the admission process.
  • Merit-based admissions are also offered at some colleges in which candidates are selected on the basis of their aggregate score in the qualifying bachelor degree.
  • Additional rounds of Personal Interaction or Group Discussion might also be held at some institutes.

LL.M Entrance Exams

All candidates have to clear the entrance exams on the basis of which admissions to LLM programmes are conducted. Admissions are done on the basis of score in the entrance exam and interviews conducted by the respective law institute. Listed below are some of the popular exams for admission to LLM.

  • DU Entrance Exam
  • LSAT India

LL.M Top Colleges

The table given below provides a list of the top colleges for LLM in India.


LocationCourse Fee

National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR)

Hyderabad, TelanganaRs. 3.5 lacs

Sandip University (SU)

Nashik, MaharashtraRs. 1.2 lacs

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS)

Kolkata, West BengalRs. 2.2 lacs

Lovely Professional University (LPU)

Jalandhar, PunjabRs. 3.12 lacs

IFHE - Faculty of Law (ICFAI Law School)

Hyderabad, TelanganaRs. 2.4 lacs

Master of Law (LL.M) Syllabus

Popular Subjects:

Law and social transformation in India

Judicial process

Legal research and methodology

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

International Trade Law

Intellectual Property Rights

Corporate Law

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Master of Law (LL.M) Career Options and Job Prospects

Law is one of the professions that is recession-free and jobs are available in private as well as public sector. The Government of India, as well as, various state governments release numerous posts for lawyers and LL.M graduates. Candidates for these lucrative job profiles are hired through entrance exams for serving different government departments. Since legal affairs are a part of almost every organisation, corporate firms also hire lawyers and LL.M graduates in order to take care of the legal tasks and requirements of the organisation. Skilled graduates can also take up private practice and earn huge salaries by practicing law at different courts. Following are some law profiles that LL.M graduates can take up:

  • Advocate
  • Magistrate
  • Judge
  • Trustee
  • Oath Commissioner
  • Notary
  • Legal Document Reviewer
  • Legal Consultant
  • Legal Associate
  • Professor of Law
  • Fraud Investigator

Salaries of LL.M graduates vary depending on the type of job profiles they have taken up. Usually, LL.M graduates earn a salary of Rs. 2,5 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh at the beginning of their careers depending on their skill. Experienced advocates can earn up to Rs. 7 lakh per annum by practicing law. Legal consultants and advisers also make good salaries ranging from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh per annum. The package in this field paid to magistrates and judges are up to Rs. 12 lakh. Private lawyers who practice in Supreme Court can make up to Rs. 1 crore per annum depending on their skill and expertise.

Questions Related to LL.M Course

Is Masters of Business Law available in the Brainware University, Kolkata?

-Amrita Sarkar RoyUpdated on June 12, 2021 10:28 AM
  • 3 Answers
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

Brainware University, Kolkata does not offer a Masters of Business Law, however, it does provide admission in LLM ...


I would like to confirm if LLM at DAV (PG) College, Dehradun is of 1 year or 2 years?

-Sadaf JeelaniUpdated on October 20, 2020 03:28 PM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

DAV (PG) College, Dehradun does not provide an LLM course. It offers only an LLB course in law ...


My Rank is 3444 in CLAT 2020 for LLM. I am from the defense quota and my gender is female. Please advise where I can get a seat?

-Chitreshi JamwalUpdated on October 12, 2020 07:58 AM
  • 2 Answers
Sukriti Vajpayee, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

With the mentioned rank in CLAT 2020 for LLM course, you are likely to get admission in Chanakya ...


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FAQs about Master of Law

What are the top career options after completing LLM?

Candidates get immense opportunities in Consultancies, Courthouses, FMCG, Finance, Corporate, Law Firms, NGO, Media and Publishing Houses, Real Estate and International Organizations such as the UN or UNICEF after completing LLM. The job profile an applicant can look out for are Legal Consultant or Legal Associate, Advocate, A Magistrate or Judge, Legal Document Reviewer, Notary, Trustee, Oath Commissioner, Private Practice etc.

Can I pursue LLM after completing my MBA?

LLM is a postgraduate degree in law and an aspirant is required to possess a graduation degree in law to take up the course. After completing an MBA, an applicant cannot pursue LLM unless he/she has completed graduation in law (either 5 years integrated LLB or a 3 years long LLB).

Can LLM be pursued from a private college?

Yes, plenty of private colleges of universities offer LLM course. Some of the popular educational institutes for PG legal education are School of Legal Studies, Mody University, Rajasthan, Marwadi University, Gujarat, Maharishi Law School, Maharishi University of Information Technology, Uttar Pradesh, Academy of Law, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Rajasthan, Raffles University (RU ), Neemrana, The ICFAI University (ICFAI), Raipur, Mansarovar Global University (MGU), Sehore etc.

Name some NLUs that offer LLM course?

Some NLUs that offer LLM course are National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi, Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai, National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla, National Law School of India University, Bangalore etc.

How much is the fee for studying LLM course?

The fees for pursuing LLM varies from college to college. The course fee might range from INR 1,50,000 to 3,00,000 annually.

Can LLM be done without LLB?

No, an aspirant must have either a degree of 5 years integrated LLB or a 3 year long LLB in order to take up an LLM course.

What is the minimum aggregate percentage required to pursue LLM?

Candidates with an undergraduate degree in law must have an aggregate of at least 55% marks to pursue LLM course.

Does LLM require a score of LSAT India?

Some colleges consider the score of LSAT India to offer admission to the LLM course. However, it is not the only measure through which an applicant can get admission to the course. Some colleges also consider scores obtained in CLAT, IPU CET, AILET, ACLET, ILICAT, AUCET etc.

Is one-year-long LLM valid in India?

Yes, both, one year and two years long LLM is valid in India.

Name some specialisations available in LLM?

Top specialisations available in LLM are Intellectual Property Rights, Corporate Law, Technology Law, Gender Studies, Corporate Law etc.

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