LLM is a postgraduate degree in law offered by numerous government and private institutions. It provides law aspirants with the opportunity to specialise in legal sub-streams and help them become professionals. Numerous institutions offer the 2-year programme, including NLUs, Panjab University, Banaras Hindu University, Delhi University etc. Admissions to these institutions are based on entrance like CLAT PG, AILET PG, BHU PET, PU CET and DU LLM etc.
Besides these institutions, there are other private institutions too. However, a few institutions offer 1-year LLM also. So the duration of the programme might vary from institution to institution. After completing the two-year programme, law graduates can work as Legal Consultants, Lawyers, Advisors, Solicitors, Indian Legal Services, Legal writers etc.
To get admission to prestigious institutions, candidates must get a great score in the LLM Entrances mentioned. To know if you are eligible to apply for the exam, we have curated the eligibility criteria of different LLM Entrances.
LLM Eligibility Requirements
CLAT PG Eligibility Criteria
An LL.B Degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum of fifty per cent (50%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories and forty-five per cent (45%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in December 2023 are also eligible to apply.
No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT 2024.
Tie Breaker Rule: In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
i. Higher age;
ii. Computerised draw of lots.
AILET PG Eligibility Criteria
Other than those applying under the Foreign Nationals category, all candidates should appear for the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), and selection shall be solely on that basis. The Foreign National and OCI/PIO Candidates are also required to apply online on the same portal.
To be eligible for admission to the LL. M. Programme, a candidate should have passed the LL.B. or an equivalent degree from a recognised University with not less than 55% marks on aggregate (50% in case of reserved categories, i.e. SC/ST/Persons with Disability).
LL.B. or an equivalent law degree with 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/ Persons with Disabilities). Candidates appearing
for final year LL.B. annual examination in 2023 are eligible to apply.
Candidates appearing/ awaiting results of the qualifying examination can also apply and appear in the Entrance Test. However, the eligibility by such candidates shall have to be obtained by the cut-off date, which will be notified along with the Notification of Entrance Test result, and in case such candidate is placed in a compartment in the year of the admission, would be treated as ineligible. Foreign National Candidates are exempted from taking the admission test. The other regulations regarding the eligibility for admission will be the same as applicable to the other candidates. The candidates belonging to OCI/PIO category shall have the option to either apply under the Foreign National Category or under the category of Indian students. In case the OCI/PIO candidate applies under the category of Indian National, they have to appear in the All Indian Law Entrance Test and other students.
DU LLM Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for admission to LL.M. (Two-Year/Three-Year) Degree course shall be as follows:-
For General Category and Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates, a three-year/five-year LL.B. Degree from the University of Delhi or any other Indian or Foreign University recognised equivalent by the University of Delhi with at least 50% marks or an equivalent grade point in the aggregate for Two-Year/Three-Year Course LLM.
The OBC candidates belonging to the Non-creamy layer shall be given a relaxation in the minimum eligibility in the qualifying examination and in the minimum eligibility to take the entrance test to the extent of 10% of the minimum eligibility marks (50% prescribed for the general category less 10% = 45 %). The benefit is available to castes that appear in the Central List of the OBC only.
The candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) having a three year/five-year LL.B. Degree from the University of Delhi or any other Indian or Foreign University recognised equivalent by the University of Delhi with at least 45% marks for 2yr/3yr LLM or an equivalent grade point in the aggregate in either of them.
Relaxation of 5% marks in the minimum eligibility prescribed for general candidates will be allowed to widows/wards of veterans as prescribed and wards of serving personnel (CW) category who receive Gallantry Awards.
Relaxation of up to 5% marks in the minimum eligibility prescribed for general candidates will be allowed to the candidates belonging to the physically handicapped (PH) category.
PU CET Eligibility Criteria
A person who has passed one of the following examinations shall be eligible after qualifying the entrance test to join the first semester class of the LL.M. Course:-