LLM Full Form - Course, Eligibility, Admission, Subjects, Jobs, Top Colleges

LLM Full Form - Course, Eligibility, Admission, Subjects, Jobs, Top Colleges

What is the full form of LLM?

The full form of LLM is Master of Laws also known as Legum Magister. LLM is a postgraduate course that law students can pursue after obtaining an LLB degree from a recognized university.

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LLM Course Duration

The LLM course is a one-year duration programme in most cases. However, some law schools also offer two years or three year LLM programmes. The apex law education regulator in the country, the Bar Council of India has recently announced that LLM will be a two-year duration as it plans to scrap the one-year programme.

LLM Specialisation

Students who want to become an expert in a particular subject of Law can do so by pursuing LLM with specialization. Today, as the scope of legal matters has expanded and various industries are looking for legal experts in their domain, LLM specialisation courses have become popular among students. The specialization courses help them in concentrating on a given sub-domain of law.

So, what are the trending LLM specializations? Here is the list of such courses.

LLM Specialization Courses

LLM specialization


Intellectual Property Law

Environmental Law

Taxation Law.

Technology/Information Technology (IT) Law

Constitutional Law.

Business Law

Family Law

Comparative Law

Human Rights

Cyber Law

Corporate Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Criminal Law.

Insurance Law

Real Estate Law

Maritime Law

Labour Law

LLM in Gender Studies

Where to study an LLM Course?

There are many colleges and universities that offer LLM courses with various specializations. Among the most popular ones are the National Law Universities (NLUs) which offer LLM courses based on entrance examination - Common Law Admission Test. There are several other public and private universities that offer LLM courses.

Top Law Colleges offering LLM Course


NIRF Ranking 2020

LLM seats

NLSIU Bangalore



NLU Delhi



NLU Hyderabad



NLU Jodhpur



NUJS Kolkata



GNLU Gandhinagar



RGNUL Patiala



NLU Lucknow



NLU Odisha, Cuttack



Panjab University, Chandigarh



NLU Assam, Guwahati



NLIU Bhopal



Indian Law Institute



Faculty of Law, Delhi University

Not ranked


CNLU Patna

Not ranked


NLU Kochi

Not ranked


NLU Ranchi

Not ranked


NLU Visakhapatnam

Not ranked


NLU Trichy

Not ranked


MNLU Mumbai

Not ranked


MNLU Nagpur

Not ranked


MNLU Aurangabad

Not ranked


NLU Shimla

Not ranked


NLU Jabalpur

Not ranked


Popular law colleges and universities offering LLM programme

Name of College

Entrance exam

National Law Universities

Common Law Admission Test and All India Law Entrance Test

Law colleges of Telangana


Law colleges of Andhra Pradesh


Panjab University

PU LLM entrance exam

Delhi University


Symbiosis Law School Pune


Lovely Professional University


Eligibility for Admission to LLM Courses

Educational qualification - The candidate must have completed an LLB degree (3-year LLB or 5-year LLB) from a recognized university.

Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of graduation are also eligible for appearing in the LLM admission process. However, they must have obtained the qualification by the time of the final stage of the admission process.

Minimum qualifying marks - The criteria for minimum marks in the qualifying examination may vary from college to college. In the case of NLUs, the general category candidates are required to score at least 50% aggregate marks. SC and ST candidates must have a score not less than 45% marks in aggregate.

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Syllabus for LLM Entrance Exams

Being a graduate-level admission test, most LLM entrance exams have a more or less common syllabus. The questions in the LLM entrance exams are generally framed from common subjects of LLB programmes. Some of the topics that are included in the LLM entrance exam syllabus are mentioned below.

Syllabus for LLM entrance examinations

Constitutional Law

Law of Torts

Administrative law

Criminal Law

Family law

Labour and industrial law

Property law

Public international law


Company law

Intellectual Property Law

International Law

Tax law

Law of Contracts

Environmental law

How to Prepare for LLM Entrance Exams

Candidates who appear in LLM are generally LLB graduates and have a decent level of understanding of the law and related subjects. In order to prepare for the LLM entrance examination, such candidates will have to refer to graduation level books along with legal current affairs. Here are some basic preparation tips for preparing for the LLM entrance exams.

  1. Check the LLM entrance exam pattern and syllabus before starting the preparation

  2. Collect the necessary study material - LLB books of graduation level and the standard books for entrance examinations.

  3. Follow a study routine and try to study for 4-5 hours each day.

  4. Read a daily newspaper, make notes and revise them regularly

  5. Check the previous year entrance exam paper for LLM and solve them all.

  6. Attempt mock test for enhancing your preparation

LLM Subjects

The course structure of LLM depends on the type of specialization offered by the university. In general, the two-year LLM course is divided into four semesters. The subjects included in Delhi University’s LLM course are mentioned below.

LLM Course Subjects - Two Year Duration

Semester 1

Comparative Constitution Law and Governance – Compulsory

Legal and Social Science Research Methods - Compulsory

Optional subjects (Candidates can opt any two subjects

Law of International Organisation and Human Rights

Corporate Management and Social Responsibility

Intellectual and Industrial Property Laws-I

Comparative Labour and Wage Law

Comparative Labour and Wage Law

Comparative Law of Marriage, Divorce and Civil Code

Administrative Law and Regulatory Mechanisms

Semester 2

Law and Justice in a Global World - Compulsory Course

Optional subjects

Administrative Action and Judicial Review

Administrative Action and Judicial Review

Law of Air and Space

Law of Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation

Competition and Consumer Protection Law

Intellectual and Industrial Property Laws-I

Insurance Law and Banking (New

Cyber and Information Technology Law (New)

Corporate and White Collar Crimes

Law of Torts and Disaster Management

Law, Media and Censorship

Third Semester (Three optional subjects)

Interpretation and Drafting of Treaties and Legislations

International Economic Law, Trade & Diplomacy

Environmental Law

Tax Policies and Tax Reforms

Criminology and Criminal Justice administration

Laws of Inheritance and Succession

Law of women and Child rights (modified)

Fourth Semester


LLM One year course - Business Laws offered by NLSIU Bangalore (Tri-semester system)

First semester

Second semester

Third semester

Research-Based Learning in Law: Models & Methods

Changing Conception of Justice & Globalised Legal Order

International Trade Law

Comparative Public Law and Governance

Taxation Law

Seminar Course

International & Comparative Law of IPRs

Seminar Course

Seminar Course

Corporate Governance

Seminar Course


Jobs After LLM

A degree in LLM course opens various career options, in both public and private companies. The government jobs after LLM are in the field of Judicial Services, Legal consultant/advisor, teaching and others. In the private sector, the LLM graduates are offered various job roles such as lawyer, legal advisor, policy analyst, Legal assistant, researcher and others. The salary of an LLM graduate varies as per the job profile. The average salary of an LLM graduate may vary from 6 LPA to 12 LPA.