Are you interested in pursuing higher studies? Does a career in academics and research excite you?
Do you want to pursue an LLM after law school from an NLU or a reputed university?
Do you want freedom and autonomy in your career, in comparison to hectic corporate jobs or litigation? Do you want a stable job that allows you to pursue these goals?
Do you want to be known as a renowned academic and have the opportunities to travel and present your research globally?
Do you want to pursue an academic degree alongside your judiciary preparation?
If any of these questions are applicable to you, an LLM is the first step towards your goal.
Common concerns for Law Students and Law Graduates Who While Planning Out Their Future Career Path
Every law student is faced with these questions once or various times in their lives:
- I want to pursue deep research and enhance my knowledge - will an LLM help?
- I am taking a year out to prepare for the judiciary exam - should I pursue LLM as well to brighten my future career prospects?
- Where should I pursue LLM from? Are NLU LLM programs better?
- Will LLM help me get better corporate jobs?
- Should I pursue an LLM from India or abroad? What are the pros and cons of each?
Do you face this question? If yes, read on.
Overview of LLM Entrances in India
CLAT PG Entrance: The Common Law Admissions Test is a unified law entrance conducted yearly for aspirants seeking admission in NLUs for admission to either LLB (graduation) or LLM (post-graduation) programmes in India. It is organised by National Law Universities in India on a rotational basis.
AILET: All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is conducted by National Law University Delhi (NLU Delhi) every year to offer admission to various candidates in undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG), and doctorate (PhD) level law courses. This is a university-level entrance exam only for admission in law programmes at NLU Delhi. The syllabus for the LLM admission for AILET is similar to the CLAT-PG syllabus, however, the pattern for this exam is solely MCQ based.
Delhi University LLM Entrance: The Delhi University holds DU LLM Test every year for admissions of students in Universities offering LLM courses under its umbrella. The syllabus for this exam is a little extended than the CLAT PG syllabus and includes Cyber Law, Environmental Law and Intellectual Property Law.
Other State University Entrance Exams: IPU CET is another State level entrance exam for LLM admissions which is conducted by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. Aligarh Muslim University also holds the AMU for admission of students to its LLM Programmes. Allahabad University and Bharati Vidyapeeth University are also amongst those Universities who hold entrance tests for admissions to its postgraduate programmes.
Foreign LLM: Many law graduates in India pursue LLM degrees from foriegn countries depending on the Universities or their preferred specialisations. Every University has its own application formalities which are required to be fulfilled.
Career options after LLM
Several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) make hiring decisions on the basis of marks obtained in the CLAT LLM.
If you attain a rank in the top 30 in the CLAT LLM, you may have the opportunity to join a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) such as BPCL, Indian Oil as a Law Officer.
Your CLAT-LLM rank is the primary eligibility criterion.
These are well-paying, stable jobs, and highly coveted.
If you have an interest in research and teaching, you can opt for various teaching opportunities.
Several law schools engage those who have completed their LLM degrees as a Teaching-Cum-Research Assistant or TRA or ad hoc faculty, where the salary is around INR 35,000.
You can also attempt the UGC-NET exam on the side, which enables you to apply for positions as an Assistant Professor.
The jobs are contractual initially, but you can subsequently be made permanent. Sometimes, vacancies are released for permanent positions directly.
LLM FROM TOP NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES
You can also obtain an awesome master’s degree i.e, the LLM from top Universities in the country. Studying from top national universities have their own perks, for example: great faculty, job security, placement offers, studying amongst the best students in the country, great environment for growth and these are only to name a few.
IS CRACKING LLM ENTRANCE EXAMS DIFFICULT?
How many people attempt, and what is the top score?
For 2020, there were 632 PG (LLM) seats through the CLAT PG and there were around 50 PSU posts recruited through the CLAT PG scores. Last year 5475 candidates appeared for the exam and the topper scored 125 marks out of 150 marks.
How many total seats in NLUs - total in all NLUs, total in general category?
For 2021, the NLUs are offering approximately 440 seats through CLAT PG in the general category.
Which are the top NLUs to pursue LLM from and what rank should I procure (general category) to secure admission in those universities?
There are 22 national law universities that will participate in CLAT 2021. The cut off for each NLU is released separately by the Consortium of National Law Universities. The cut-off of each University will depend on many factors such as college preference given by the candidates, merit rank, CLAT score, category and others. For most candidates, the top ranked NLUs are the most preferred options, so in these colleges, cut off tends to be high.
Before 2020, the CLAT LLM examination was comparatively easier than the current version. Now the exam has added certain extra elements to it which will make preparation for this exam a little bit harder than before.
Earlier on we saw that the CLAT LLM exam was objective i.e, MCQ based including questions from limited subjects and the division of marks for each subjects was also to provided to us in the following manner:
- Constitutional Law - 50 marks
- Jurisprudence - 50 marks
- Other Subjects such as Contract Law, Criminal Law, Torts, International Law and IPR - 50 marks
The exam was held for two hours for a total of 150 marks as has been divided for you above.
Now what we see in the new pattern which will be implemented in the next CLAT LLM examination is that the exam will include subjective and objective questions based on the following subjects:
- Constitutional Law
- Administrative Law
- Law of Contract
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
- Property Law
- Company Law
- Public International Law
- Tax Law
- Environmental Law
- Labour & Industrial Law
Essay type + objective questions will be asked.
Relative weightage of subjects is not specified.
The exam duration and total marks remain the same as before i.e, 2 hours and 150 marks in total and the negative marking will also be the same as before.
The major aspect that has changed for the 2021 exam is that now the paper will be divided into two sections:
Section A - Objective Questions (100 marks)
The first section would include 100 objective-type questions carrying 1 mark each. There shall be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer - so guesswork for questions you don’t know the answers to will not be a good idea.
Section B - Subjective Questions - Two Essay Based questions - 25 mark each (Total - 50 marks)
The second section would require candidates to write 2 descriptive essays for 25 marks each. It is to be noted that the descriptive section of the exam will include two essay type answers to be written 800 words each.
Total marks: 150
Duration: 2 hours
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THIS EXAM
Eligibility Criteria is one of the key elements which candidates need to fulfil to give the exam. CLAT LLM 2021 has been summoned by the National Law University Odisha for the aspirants who are attempting for admission to three (3) or five (5) years integrated LLB or LLM program in NLUs or private institutes, universities or colleges. The qualification standards for CLAT PG 2021 are the basic prerequisites that the candidates must satisfy. For ease of reference we have listed the prerequisites to sit for the CLAT LLM 2021 below:
- Nationality: Only Indian nationals and NRIs are eligible for the test.
- Foreign Candidates: The foreign nationals desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals and check on their eligibility.
- Education Qualification: The applicants must have qualified LL.B or equivalent scoring minimum 55% (50% for SC/ST).
- Age limit: There is no upper age limit to appear in the entrance examination for Post Graduation courses.
- Final Year Candidates: The candidates who are appearing in their final year examination are also eligible to apply. These candidates are required to produce the evidence of passing the qualifying exam in their respective NLUs and other Law schools. If they fail to produce the proof, then they will lose their admission rights.
COMMON CHALLENGES FACED BY CANDIDATES
- NOT BEING ACQUAINTED WITH THE NEW PATTERN OF THE EXAM: If you are one of those people who are still contemplating whether you should appear for the exam or not, it's time for you to look up and see that the entire pattern of the CLAT PG examination has been shifted. The pattern has changed and the subjects have increased and ignoring the new pattern of the exam and preparing via old methods is going to put you in danger zone.
- EXTRA PREPARATION FOR THE NEW PATTERN OF THE EXAM: CLAT PG 2021 is going to be another ball game altogether, now you don’t only have to prepare the objective based questions but also start practising subjective essay type question current socio legal issues.
- LESS TIME FOR PREPARATION: With the changed pattern of the CLAT PG, it has become even more difficult for students or lawyers to prepare for this exam. Earlier only the Constitution and Jurisprudence held maximum importance, however now each subject that too of such magnitude holds the same amount of importance.
- TIME MANAGEMENT: To be able to solve a set of 150 MCQ based questions and write two essay type answers having 800 words each is a huge task in 120 minutes only. However, this will only be difficult for you if you have not practised enough. Therefore if you have practised enough nothing can beat you.
- ANSWER WRITING PRACTISE AND CONCEPT BASED STUDY: To be able to solve a set of MCQs does not require a great amount of practise however, to say the same thing for a subjective question is not true. The same goes for concept based study as well, if your concepts are not clear and you do not know your besica clearly, the LLM entrances can be a tough nut to crack.
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After following the weekly time-schedules, attending all the live classes (applicable from next batch onwards) and attempting weekly Practice Tests for the initial one month, if you feel that the course is not up to the mark, we guarantee you a refund.
The Hard Copies of the notes can be provided, however, content of the LMS should not be ignored for the purposes of cracking the exam.
What you will receive in the course
- 100 Live Classes in 1 year, 2 live classes per week for 1 hour each (to begin from 1st July, 2021) on preparation strategy, how to find answers to specific types of questions, concept-based sessions, doubt-clearing sessions.
- Study materials for preparation for all subjects for CLAT-PG, AILET (for NLU Delhi), Delhi University and other State University Entrance Exams
- Past 10 years’ question papers analysis and solutions
- 355+ notes, 347+ pre-recorded videos and 10,000+ practice questions
- 300 practice essay-type questions, with in-line evaluations - given weekly
- 100 full-length mocks - 50 on CLAT PG, 20 on AILET, 10 on D.U. and 20 on other State University patterns to be fully prepared
- Weekly study time-tables
- Special weekly classrooms on last-minute preparation strategy
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50 Live Classes including 1 Introductory Session, 2 Live Classes per week for 1 hour each (To begin from 1st July, 2021) on preparation strategy, how to find answers to specific types of questions, concept-based sessions, doubt-clearing sessions.
Weekly Assignments based on Objective questions comprising 2 passages from which total of 20 questions will be asked.
Weekly Assignments based on essay based subjective questions comprising 1 essay writing.
Weekly timetables including the aforesaid assignments and recommended reading for the class issued every Monday.
100 additional practise assignments based exclusively on the current CLAT PG exam.
Special weekly classrooms on last-minute preparation strategy in the last month along with assistance on whatsapp