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Is Five-years Integrated LLB is Better Than Three-years LLB?

Despite the popularity of professional courses like engineering, medical, and CA; more and more youngsters these days are gravitating toward law because law as a profession not only offers lucrative career avenues but also the prestige and the power which adds with the profession is unmatched. A person who has excellent communication skills, power of argument, concrete critical thinking, and excellent analytical skills- legal sphere is the place to be. Technology, globalization, and economic liberalization have broadened the horizon of law and today the law is becoming the center of everything. Therefore, the study of law has gained huge popularity and momentum.

With time the objective of law education has changed, there was a time when this academic field was meant to enlighten its practitioners, now one of the most sought out professions for those who wish to make it big. From becoming an advocate to occupying a superior position in organizations, a degree in law unlocks doors of flourishing careers and immense possibilities.

When it comes to pursuing a degree in law, one question that repeatedly haunts and creates confusion in every law aspirant is whether to choose a five-year integrated LLB or opt for a three-year LLB course. This blog aims to decode this dilemma and put forth an unambiguous answer, which will help students to take an informed decision.

What is Three-years Bachelor of Law (LLB)?

  • Bachelor of Law (LLB) is an undergraduate programme of three-years. Students who have completed graduation in any stream with 45% marks from any recognized University, he/she is eligible for LLB admission.
  • The course lays stress on fundamentals of law, constitutions of India, Labour Law, Family Law, Human Rights & International Law, Administrative Law, etc. During three-years students are taught subjects, which are focused on law education.
  • The objective of the course is to impart an in-depth understanding of technical and doctrine aspects of the law and the role it plays in modern society.
  • Upon completion of the course, there is an option of higher studies like Master of Law (LLM).
  • Besides solid theoretical education, students go through rigorous practical education like courtroom practice as colleges layout Moot Courts, research submissions, Mock Trial Courts
  • Internship opportunities with top law firms, corporates, NGOs.

What is Five-years Integrated Bachelor of Law (BA LLB)?

  • Integrated Bachelor of Law is an undergraduate programme of five-years. Students who have completed 10+2 in any stream with 45% marks from any recognized board/ University, he/she is eligible for BA LLB admission.
  • Since it is an integrated programme, it covers subjects like History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, etc. along with in-depth study of law and legislature.
  • The objective of this integrated law programme is to enlighten students with the socio-legal facets of the law. The course equips students with argumentative skills, and excellent analytical skills, which enable them to understand the relationship between law and society.
  • Compare to three-years LLB programme, the five-years integrated law programme provides comprehensive exposure to legal education. Students get early access to courtroom practice like moot courts, research submissions, mock trials, etc. Besides, students also undergo internships every semester with top law firms, corporates, NGOs, etc.
  • After completing the course, students can go for higher studies like LLM, MBA, Company Secretary, etc.

Major Curriculum of BA LLB:

Administrative Law, International Law, Labour Laws, Tax Laws, Corporate Laws, Civil law, Criminal law, Patent law, Banking and Insurance Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property Rights, International Economic Law, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Direct & Indirect Taxes, Human Rights Law, History (Indian and World History), etc.

Major Curriculum of LLB:

Labour Law, Family Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights & International Law, Environmental Law, Company Law, Legal Writing, Administrative Law, etc.

The Core Differences Between LLB And BA LLB:

  • BA LLB course is career-oriented, it is a comprehensive programme that includes case studies, mock court drills, etc. to make the study more practical and interesting. Whereas LLB course is focused on theoretical aspects, and students get less exposure to practical aspects of the law.
  • BA LLB covers law subjects along with arts subjects whereas LLB solely focused on the study of the law and related subjects.
  • Since BA LLB is an integrated programme, by studying same aspirants get a dual degree whereas by studying LLB they get a single degree.
  • Employment areas after BA LLB are Consultancies, Educational Institutes, Business Houses, Revenue Departments, News Channels, Sales Tax, and Excise Departments, Banks, Judiciary/Courts, etc. And employment areas after LLB are Colleges & Universities, Courts & Judiciary, Law Firms, MNCs, Bank (Legal Dept.)

Career Scope of Degree in Law (LLB/BA LLB):

Both courses unlock doors of equal opportunities, below are some popular careers after law degree.

  • Advocate is the most popular career option after degree in law. Yes! the power of the black coat can’t be ignored. With lucrative income, an advocate enjoys immense power and prestige.
  • One can make career as a legal advisor after law degree. A legal advisor is a law professional who provides legal advice to his or her clients.
  • One can appear in judicial services exams to become a magistrate and judge. The judge holds the highest authority in court and makes decisions after the hearing of a case in the court. Generally, judicial service exams are conducted by respective high courts of different states to fill the vacancies available.
  • Have you ever thought that a law professional can join the Indian Army? Not as a trooper on the field, but as a law professional. Yes, the Indian Army has a separate legal department known as the Judge Advocate Legal Branch. This department has legally qualified officers who take care of all legal issues for the army.
  • Corporate world can’t function without lawyers. In Corporate sectors, there is always a need for dexterous corporate lawyers to tackle legal issues. Therefore, after a law degree, one can make a career as a corporate lawyer.

BA LLB Vs. LLB, Which Course is Better?

In the matter of employment opportunities and higher education, both courses offer lucrative career avenues.

Why Choose Mangalayatan University for Degree in Law?

  • The University has excellent infrastructure for higher education in law like smart classrooms, a well-stocked library, moot courts, and internship opportunities in top law firms; which makes law education richly rewarding.
  • The University has renowned academicians all are Ph.D. graduates, they lay stress on constructive and experimental learning.
  • Students get an excellent academic environment to practice multi-disciplinary analysis of the socio-legal problems for better learning.

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