Faizan MustafaFaizan MustafaBreaking: Nalsar Hyderabad yesterday agreed on the final course structure for the first one-year LLM degree in India, which was in principle approved in India by the University Grants Commission in September 2012 after long delays.

According to its vice chancellor (VC) Faizan Mustafa, Nalsar’s executive council (EC) approval makes it the first Indian national law school to have in place the machinery to induct students for the 2013-2014 academic year for the LLM degree that is one year shorter in duration than LLMs to date.

Mustafa told Legally India that his academic council and EC decided on six specialisations for the course: corporate and commercial law, intellectual property law, international trade law, personal laws, the general LLM, and a sixth purely research-based specialisation known as “LLM research”.

Mustafa said: “There is an acute shortage of family law teachers in the country. Two family law papers [at every law school] are made mandatory even by the Bar Council of India (BCI), but hardly any university has enough teachers. Very few universities offer an LLM in personal laws.”

All students would be assessed on the basis of research papers at the end of their first semester.

Based on their performance in that semester, selected students would then be allowed to take the LLM-research specialisation, where they would be assessed on teaching skills and research papers written by them.

“For instance the [NLU] Orissa model [for the LLM-PhD joint degree] – that course is meant only for future law teachers. Only three out of 50 students are likely to b able to undertake that kind of an intensive research,” explained Mustafa.

The university will admit not more than 60 students to the one-year LLM class, on the basis of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) scores, he said.

The two-year LLM degree course would be scrapped, noted Mustafa, because the college met the minimum faculty requirement of 10 to teach the one-year LLM. However, he said he anticipated that other colleges might offer both one- and two-year LLM options.

Update: NUSRL Ranchi in Jharkhand has also notified a one-year LLM on its website, dated 22 February, allowing specialisation in intellectual property (IP), business law and constitutional law and governance.

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Like +9 No like -5 Not the first Indian law schoo 2013-02-26 11:32  controversial
I have been doing some research and many other non-NLUs have already scrapped the two year LLM and have put a machinery in place to admit students for the one year LLM. For example, Jindal and Christ have already displayed it on their website.

Sadly, CLAT will be a bad choice for people who want a short one-year break for LLM from their work as all NLUs, expect NALSAR now, have advertised only two-year LLMs. Not attractive at all. Hoping that others will follow suit.
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Like +3 No like -4 Anand Shrivas 2013-02-26 13:06
at the first comment. Why do you want other NLU to follow NALSAR MODEL.
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Like +5 No like -13 Anand Shrivas 2013-02-26 12:52  controversial
This is very unfair on the LL.M students who have already done their LL.M 2 years course and invested not only time but as well money in doing the course. If you argue on merit, one year LL.M course is not enough to cover the all the aspects of any specific subject. For example course on commercial or corporate law is too exhaustive to be covered in one year. I would love to Prof. Faizan view on this. Whether he and UGC has allowed this one year course just to stop indian students to go abroad to pursue LL.M.
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Like +6 No like -2 le 2013-02-26 13:39
congrats to nalsar, shows that atleast in some law schools things can happen at proper speed, kudos to prof. mustafa.
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Like +4 No like -4 Scraper 2013-02-26 17:03
NLU Ranchi has all ready advertised for one year LL.M. Prachi please make yourself update with open mind n eyes.
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Like +14 No like -1 Payncho 2013-02-26 21:53  interesting  top rated
I think the first thing necessary is 1 year English Lessons.

Then we could talk about these LLM-aspirants.
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Like +2 No like -1 NALSARITE 2013-02-27 09:08
Quoting Payncho:
I think the first thing necessary is 1 year English Lessons.

Then we could talk about these LLM-aspirants.

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Like +1 No like -1 LP, Mumbai 2013-02-27 12:32
This may sound funny but law schools should take this seriously. Some of the emails that I get (including the ones for jobs) from some lawyers is really appalling in their grammatical errors and general lack of structure.

NLS, Bangalore used to have English lessons from RIE for LLB students. We used to play the fool in those classes, but they may really help some people. It's a shame that what should be taken as a given at professional education institutes has to be taught by these institutes. I hope our primary and secondary education focuses on the developing the basics (the 3 Rs).
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Like +10 No like -0 NALSARITE 2013-02-27 15:03  interesting
Quoting LP, Mumbai:
Some of the emails that I get (including the ones for jobs) from some lawyers is really appalling in their grammatical errors and general lack of structure.


That is really meta, dude!
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Like +0 No like -1 SD, Symbi 2013-02-27 17:20
Yeah, I totally agree with you. At Symbi, too, there are English and Communication courses, which are compulsory for BA-LLB students.

Notwithstanding the fact that most people see these classes as a complete and utter waste of time, i personally feel that such classes are necessary for most students. In the legal profession, having a firm grasp on the English language is definitely very important and, therefore, teaching the language should be an integral part of legal education.
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Like +3 No like -2 Is It Good ? 2013-02-27 21:40
Congrats to NALSAR for starting it ! But I think that Jindal was the first to scrap the 2 year program. This is because the Jindal VC was on the Committee which recommended and formulated the course design for the 1 year LLM in India. However, the question which needs to be asked is that how does it help ? I believe that already the Indian students are way behind than students from other countries in their understanding of law. These people cannot compete at the international level and merely following and adopting the foreign style of 1 year LLM would not be a good idea unless all the pros and cons are weighed.
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Like +0 No like -1 Vinay 2013-03-01 21:27
NUSRL Ranchi is the first nlu to notify for one year LLM course.
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Like +1 No like -1 Shivasharan Mali 2013-03-03 14:48
Since it has already been decided to have LL.M. for one year, hence now no point in discussing whether it is good or bad. Still as compared to other courses (such as Arts., Commerce, Science etc, which are 12+3+2, where as Engineering is 12+4+2 and Education is 12+3+1+2) it appears to me that it is proper decision, as those who want to go for teaching field will have thereafter have to complete NET/SET or Ph.D. Those who desire to enter in the field of practice need not bother for the same.
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