In terms of LL.M. programs, India is an up-and-coming destination. Today, India may not boast as many top law schools as the US or western Europe, but it does hold a few aces up its sleeve. Its law schools are coming of age, boasting esteemed alumni from Chief Justices to Supreme and High Court judges, which is a sign of the quality of the education. India is also home to several prestigious law firms which pay good salaries.
LL.M. programs in India are numerous, and offered at law schools across the country. In terms of quality, these degrees can vary, so potential India-bound LL.M. applicants are encouraged to do their research before settling on a school. The top LL.M. degrees in India are offered by the country’s world-class law schools, which may be ranked in global publications.
India was once a net exporter of law students who went to do their Master’s in Laws programs abroad, but it now boasts a wide range of homegrown LL.M. programs that are approved by the Bar Council of India.
Here are 10 of India’s best LL.M. programs.
It was the first national law university to be established in India. NLSIU was ranked top in India Today’s Best Colleges list 2017 and Outlook India’s Top 25 Law Colleges, as well as The Week’s Top Law Colleges in 2017. The school’s Melgiri Memorial National Law Library is the biggest law library in the country, housing a collection of over 40,000 bound volumes in addition to periodical holdings. The school boasts several notable LL.M. alumni, including the Solicitor General of India and several High Court judges.View School Profile
Students can specialize in areas such as environmental, human rights, information technology and business law. LL.M. students can get their hands dirty practising real law through the school’s Legal Aid Clinic, which aims to provide citizens with legal help, advice and education.View School Profile
ILI runs a highly-regarded LL.M. that offers a wide range of concentrations in criminal, intellectual property, human rights, corporate and commercial law, and other subjects. The school has one of the best libraries in the country with more than 75,000 titles and subscriptions to 270 legal periodicals. The school is run by a governing council of notable industry heavy-hitters, including the Attorney General of India, Supreme Court and High Court judges.View School Profile
The school runs an LL.M. that focuses on corporate law. Students take courses in investment law, economics, regulation, corporate governance, taxation, competition law and much more. Students will be in high demand as business law is a growing area of interest for many of companies and sectors, such as banks and tech firms.View School Profile
This top school runs a raft of LL.M. programs, one general and others focused on specific facets of law. They include the LL.M. in Business Law, Constitutional Law, Corporate Banking and Insurance Law, and Criminal Law. The school itself has a range of campuses across the tropical subcontinent including in Lucknow, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Gwailor, Mumbai and Raipur. This provides students with verifiable career mobility and networking opportunities.View School Profile
The highly regarded Delhi school runs a full-time LL.M. that was among the first in the country to use the discussion method of teaching, rather than lectures in which students are merely passive recipients of wisdom. The case method is also thought to be better preparation for legal careers as it mirrors the work lawyers do. Since being established in 1924, the school has been a leader in producing many legal luminaries, including Supreme and High Court judges, plus political leaders. It’s one of India’s biggest law schools, with more than 130 teachers and about 7,000 students.View School Profile
Founded in 1977, Symbiosis Law School is currently ranked as one of the top 10 law schools in India by the country’s Ministry of Human Resource Development. The school offers a one-year LL.M. is interdisciplinary, with a global approach.View School Profile
The LL.M. is highly customizable with concentrations available in 10 different areas, from insurance to medical and media to criminal law. The school is ranked among the top 10 law colleges in the country by India Today. The campus is notable: it’s lush and green with 195 acres of space with trees creating a quiet and pollution-free ambiance. There’s also a large range of student clubs and societies, such as the Mooting and Debate societies, that can look good on students’ CVs and help them secure jobs.View School Profile
NUJS is one of India’s leading law schools, no doubt about it. It is backed by the Bar Council of India and the Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of NUJS. The LL.M. degree draws a diverse range of participants from a variety of backgrounds and with divergent legal interests and career plans. They study a wide range of core and elective courses, for instance in corporate and commercial law. The course is completed with a dissertation on a subject of the students’ choice.View School Profile
The school runs an LL.M. that is open to both domestic Indian students and foreign nationals. Students can specialize in a wide array of legal areas including international trade law, intellectual property law, and corporate and commercial law. NALSAR was ranked second in India by The Week’s Top Law Colleges 2017 ranking.View School Profile