About Law Courses
Law can be defined as a set of rules of conduct or action which have to be followed by citizens and are directed by the controlling authority. One of the popular choices of study with students is Law. According to belief, the first academic degree conferred was the degree of law. The implications of law studies can be found in politics, businesses, economics, human rights, international trade and relations. Students taking up law courses study legal concepts, legislation and case laws. They also learn to analyse, draft, present an argument, tackle and probe into various issues existing in society in law courses. Students are taught law subjects and are prepared for a legal career. A career in law is considered prestigious. The scope of the field is vast and students can find many opportunities in corporate houses, law firms, law agencies, administrative services and more. Law courses have different branches and students can specialise in an area. The different options are lecturer, advocate, legal advisor, corporate counsellor, legal journalist, cyber law, legal researcher, human rights lawyer, criminal lawyer and civil lawyer....
Who can Opt for a Law course?
Students interested in making a career in law can opt for law courses. The different law courses offered are undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate. Students completing graduation in any stream are eligible for a Bachelor’s degree. There are also dual degree courses offered which are of 5 years. Students completing 10 + 2 or undergraduate in any subject are eligible for law or dual degree courses. Students can choose to specialise in any of the law subjects like corporate law, constitutional law, property law, international law, international trade and economic law and more. Choosing law courses will open many professional career paths for students.
Law Course Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for law courses differ as per the level of the course and the institute. However, the general criteria for law courses are as follows:
Eligibility for UG courses
- LLB (Bachelor of Law) is a 3-year full-time course.
- BA + LLB is a 5-year full-time course.
- BBA + LLB is a 5-year full-time course
- B.Com + LLB is a 5-year full-time course.
The students can pursue either of these courses after completing their 10+2 in any stream. However, some Study in India partner institutes may require an undergraduate degree as the eligibility for pursuing a three year LLB course. Students can check the same through the ‘Courses’ tab.
Eligibility for PG course
The postgraduate law degree course is called Master of Law (LLM). Eligibility for postgraduate law courses is an undergraduate degree in law. The duration of this postgraduate course is 1 - 2 years. Students who choose to study law can find several career options as the scope of the field is vast.
Eligibility for PhD courses
Students can pursue a doctorate in law after completing their post-graduation. A PhD is the highest degree in the field.
**Note: The eligibility for the different courses under law differ across institutes. Therefore, the students should check the eligibility requirements at the time of applying.
Law courses are offered at three levels: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD.
Bachelor of Law is a 3-year full-time course. In these law courses, students learn about legal concepts, legislation and case laws. Students who study law are prepared for a legal career and are called lawyers. Dual degree courses are of five years duration. The available dual law degree courses are BA + LLB, BBA + LLB and B.Com + LLB.
Master of Law is a 1 - 2 year full-time course. If students want to study law further, they can opt for a postgraduate course. Students who choose to study law can also specialise in an area to make a career. The most popular specialisation law subjects are corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, international law and international trade and economic law.
Students who want to pursue a doctorate in law need a Master’s degree in law. The PhD degree will open many professional career paths for students.
Students who want to pursue a career in law can opt for law courses and specialise in any branch. In these courses, students study law and learn to analyse, draft and present an argument irrespective of the branch chosen. Students completing law courses can make a career as legal advisors, lecturers, advocates, criminal lawyers, civil lawyers, human rights lawyers and more. The different specialisation branches are as follows:
|Corpoarte Law||Constitutional Law||Intellectual Property Law|
|International Law||International Trade and Economic Law||Labour Law|
Law Subjects & Syllabus
The subjects covered in law courses prepare students for a legal career. The law subjects covered as per the different levels are as follows:
The main subjects covered in UG law courses are as follows:
- Law of Contract
- Business Law, Family Law & Constitutional Law
- Law of Crime
- Code of Civil Procedure
- Administrative Law & Human Rights Law
- Law of Evidence
The main subjects covered in PG law courses are as follows:
- Legal Research and Methodology
- Judicial Process
- Constitutional Law, Family Law & International Law
- Contract and Insurance
- Administrative Law & Environmental Law
- Intellectual Property & Human Rights
Admission Process for Law Courses in India
Students aspiring to make a career in Law can pursue courses across three disciplines by applying. The step-by-step process to apply is:
Firstly, students need to fill out the registration form. Following the registration, students are provided with login credentials that they need to save for future reference.
Once registration is complete, students will have to fill out the Study in India Application which is divided into three parts: Basic Information, Academic Information and Choice Filling.
Although students have to fill all the three sections carefully, it is the Choice Filling that is the most important part. They are required to give and rank a minimum of three preferences for law courses and Indian institutes they are interested in taking admission to.
Lastly, they are required to fill out the declaration form and submit their respective applications.
Students can find a detailed explanation for filling out the Application here.
Most Popular Courses in Law
The most popular law courses are Bachelors, Masters, PhD and dual degrees. Students can opt for the Bachelor’s course after completing graduation in any stream. If students want to study law further, they can opt for Master and PhD courses. As per the latest trends, some of the popular branches under the law are as follows:
This is also known as Business Law or Company Law. This branch involves the study of relations, rights and the code of conduct within an organisation or business. The responsibilities of a corporate lawyer are overseeing business transactions, drafting and reviewing contracts related to business, mergers, acquisitions and counselling.
This branch involves the study of power, roles, the structural layout of entities existing in a country and the basic rights of citizens. It also covers the rules that govern the election of higher officials of the country and the implementation of the law. Constitutional lawyers work for rules, rights and amendments outlined in the constitution.
Intellectual Property Law
This branch deals with the study of accessibility and ownership of ideas, and inventions and products. The ownership is protected through patents, copyrights and trademarks. Intellectual property lawyers provide legal advice on marketing methods, copyright and ownership of products of a company or business.
International Law or Public International Law deals with the study of principles and agreements governing the relationships of countries with each other and the relations between international organisations. International lawyers work to resolve international disputes, negotiate contracts and take care of mergers.
International Trade and Economic Law
This branch involves the study of rules that regulate trade and the economic relations between two countries. It covers international investment and financial & development law. The international trade and economic lawyers advise companies on compliance with specific trade rules and carry out internal investigations.
Popular Law UG courses in India
The popular UG law courses are Bachelor of Law (LLB) and dual degree. Students can opt for a Bachelor of Law degree after completing graduation in any subject. For dual degrees, the eligibility is 10 + 2 in any subject (For example- B.Com + LLB the students need 10 + 2 in commerce). By taking up these law courses, students can become lawyers, legal advisors, legal journalists and more. Once students complete this course, they can opt for higher studies too. Some of the popular branches opted under UG courses and are offered by Study in India partner institutes include:
|Corporate Law||International Law||Intellectual Property Rights|
|Constitutional Law||Labour Law|
Popular Law PG courses in India
The most popular PG course is Master of Law (LLM). Students who want to study law further and take up legal research can opt for this course. Students need to complete their undergraduate in law to be eligible for this course and they can choose their specialisation in any of the law subjects. The study of law courses opens up many professional career paths for students. By studying law subjects, students can become legal advisors, advocates, lecturers, legal journalists, human rights lawyers, legal researchers and more. Popular branches for PG courses that students can pursue in India are as follows:
|Intellectual Property Rights and Cyber Law||Corporate Law||International Law|
|International Trade & Economic Law||Intellectual Property Rights||Constitutional Law|
|Labour Law||Alternative Dispute Resolution||Access to Justice|
**Note: Before applying to the SII Programme, students must confirm if the concerned law course of their choice is offered in the current academic year or not.
Career Options in Law
Students taking up law courses can make a career as follows:
|Legal Advisor||International Lawyer||Lecturer|
|Legal Welfare Officer||Legal Analyst||Law Officer|
|Legal Researcher||Diplomat||Corporate Lawyer|
|Advocate||Legal Journalist||Banking Lawyer|
|Human Rights Lawyer||Arbitrator||Legal Content Writer|
Law Courses: Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the eligibility for taking admission in law courses?
The minimum requirement for pursuing an undergraduate degree in law is 10+2 (in any stream). For pursuing a postgraduate degree in law, you must have completed your bachelors and for pursuing a PhD degree, you must have completed your masters. However, you can check the specific eligibility criteria for different law courses at the time of applying.
2. What is the difference between a lawyer and an advocate?
A lawyer is a term that refers to any individual who holds a degree in law. There are specialists such as attorneys, solicitors, etc who fall under the category of the lawyer. Whereas an advocate is a qualified individual who represents different clients in the court.
3. What are the popular branches of law?
Some of the popular branches under the law courses are:
- Corporate Law
- Constitutional Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
- International Trade and Economic Law
4. Top 10 career options after pursuing a law course?
The top 10 career options after completing a law course are:
- Legal Advisor
- Corporate Counsellor
- Cyber Law
- Legal Journalist
- Human Rights Lawyer
- Legal Researcher
- Criminal Lawyer
- Civil Lawyer
5. Can I do LLM from IIT? If yes, which once?
Yes, IIT Kharagpur offers a full-time LLM course. You can check the course details, eligibility and criteria for the same can be checked through the Courses tab.
6. After class 12th how can I join the BBA LLB course?
Yes, the minimum requirement to join the BBA LLB course is 10+2 years of schooling in any stream. However, you must check the specific eligibility at the time of applying.
7. What are the law courses offered in India?
Different law courses offered in India are:
- BA + LLB
- BBA + LLB
- B.Com + LLB
- PhD (in law)
8. Can I opt for a three-year LLB after Class 12?
Yes, you can, as a few institutes under Study in India offer a three-year LLB after class 12.
9. Are there any additional exams required for law school?
International students do not need to give any additional exams to apply for law courses in India. However, you must check the specific eligibility criteria at the time of applying.
10. How to apply for law courses in India?
International students looking to apply for law courses in India can register themselves with the Study in India Programme and follow the application process.
11. What are the entry requirements for an LLM?
The entry-level requirement for an LLM course is 10+2 and an undergraduate degree.
12. Is mathematics compulsory for law?
No, math is not compulsory for a law degree. However, you should check specific eligibility for each law degree course.
13. What is an Integrated Law Course?
An integrated law course lets you pursue an L.L.B degree along with another graduate degree. Most common integrated law courses include:
- B.A. L.L.B. -Bachelor of Arts and L.L.B
- B.Com. L.L.B. -Bachelor of Commerce and L.L.B
- B.Sc. L.L.B. -B.Sc. and L.L.B
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