What makes the LL.M. programme in national law universities a coveted one?
- Specialisation in focused and specific subjects of your choice and stream
- A well-designed and intensive curriculum offered in the space of a single year (as opposed to the earlier two-year programme)
- A group of hand-picked and competitive peers
- The greater exposure offered by national law universities as compared to other traditional universities offering similar programmes, and above all,
- The reputation and alumni network of the national law universities to bank upon, to name a few
- From a career perspective, life as a post-graduate student in a national law university provides opportunities one may not get anywhere else, including access to internships and campus recruitment.
If one is academically oriented, then there are several universities which offer teaching assistantships to LL.M. students and similar opportunities.
In addition to that, a degree from such an institution may prove to be a valuable addition to one’s resume while applying for further higher studies at universities abroad(including scholarships) or while applying for a teaching position.
Moreover, there has been another development in the past few years that renders the CLAT LL.M. Entrance Examination even more attractive to graduates or final year law students.
Several leading public sector undertakings including Navaratna and Maharatna companies like Indian Oil Ltd. and others have been relying on the scores obtained in this examination in order to shortlist candidates for recruitment.
Pattern of the Paper
- The examination consists of 150 marks, which is divided into 3 parts of 50 questions each, with each question having four answers to choose from and one mark assigned to each question.
- The first part consists of questions based on Indian Constitutional Law, the second partconsists of questions based on Jurisprudence and the third part consists of questions from several legal disciplines including Law of Torts, Indian Contract Law, Indian Criminal Law (including the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure), International Law, Environmental Law and Human Rights.
- 150 questions from various legal disciplines to be solved in the space of 2 hours. Added to this is the fact that a wrongly selected option out of the four available will lead to a deduction of 0.25 marks.
Recreating the examination conditions to the most accurate extent possible is therefore significant, especially in terms of the pattern and quality of the question papers that CLAT commonly prepares for the candidates.
In pursuance of the same, CLATapult has come up with a comprehensive study plan; consisting of 9 study books encompassing all the subjects mentioned above (including IPR that has been introduced this year) and a series of 20 mocks in order to enable the candidate not only to get a feel of how the final question paper is going to be, but also to acclimatise himself/herself with the examination conditions to the extent that he/she finds the final examination to be a mere routine that needs no additional preparation nor causing any stress or anxiety.
Each of these mock papers has been framed keeping in mind the subjects, past year paper patterns, quality and expertise level. All of them are at least of the expertise level as a CLAT paper, while some are deliberately made tougher so as to help the candidate get a buffer zone of efficiency and preparatory level.
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P.S. – Shouvik Guha, currently an Assistant Professor in NUJS, did his LLB and LLM from NUJS and is now a part of Team CLATapult overseeing the LLM affairs. He contributes to and supervises the creation of the content for LLM aspirants.