“Law” is an essential part of a society. Legal Education is basically referred as the education students receive before they are enrolled as an “Advocate” under the Bar Council of India (BCI) and start practicing in courts. Legal Education is offered in India by the State Universities and the Specialized Law Schools & Universities.
The era of Legal Education in India started with the 3-years LLB. course. However, the structure of the Legal Education kept on changing with the passage of time. NLS (National Law School of Indian University) in 1985 became the first university to offer the 5-years integrated course with the degree titled as B.A.LL.B. (Hons).
The 5-year integrated BA.LLB. course is basically aimed at providing multi-disciplinary and integrated framework to Legal Education. The other pivotal aim of BA.LLB. course is to get “Industry ready” lawyers as they are exposed to rigorous Industry experience before they go to courts, corporate firms or any other legal institution.
The BA.LLB. course is a foundation course where a student is enrolled with the law school just after he completes his Senior Secondary Examination (12th).
Benefits of enrolling in the BA.LLB. course are:
- LLB. being a foundation course, the student has a well-defined path and vision about his career
- LLB. is a 5 years duration course where a student gets enough time to actively participate in extra-curricular activities like Moot Courts, MUN’s, Trail Advocacy, Legal Aid, Client Counselling, Debate
- In BA.LLB. course provides enormous opportunities for Internships during the semester breaks, which helps in making a law student industry ready.
- LLB. being specialized course covers more number of law subjects and even pre-law subjects which are essential for platform building of a law student.
- Last but not the least, in BA.LLB. course the students save 1 year in comparison to LLB students.