The core courses are compulsory for all students. These courses are:
- Law and Justice in a Globalising World
- Law and Development
- Research Methods and Legal Writing
- Comparative Public Law/Systems of Governance
Along with the core courses, students will be required to take three elective courses as a
part of the programme. Students can take one elective course in their first semester,
and two in their second semester. These electives form a vital component of the
curriculum, and build substantially on the inter-disciplinary enquiry initiated in the core
courses, particularly in the core course on Law and Development.
For details of core courses and tentative list of electives click here.
The LL.M. in Law and Development programme includes a sustained empirical
engagement with the field to promote experiential learning and critical interrogation of
received normative and analytical frameworks. The compulsory field engagement
requirement extends across both semesters. Students will be assigned to one or more
faculty advisors who will supervise their field engagement. Small groups of students will
work with faculty supervisors to design, implement, evaluate, and digitally archive a
unique project relating to their chosen theme within the area of law and development.
The skills and tactics utilized in projects include litigation, community organizing,
legislative drafting and advocacy, strategic planning, policy research and analysis of
media relations, or a combination of these. Through projects, the field engagement will
work towards systemic change and law reform. At the same time, field projects will help
students appreciate the role that lawyers and developmental practitioners can play in
advancing justice through service.
Our field projects have dealt with issues related to Criminal Justice, Constitutional and
Public Law, Human Rights, Legal System Reforms, Politics between Elections, Ecological
Justice, Media and Politics, Education Law and State Public Service Commissions
The LL.M. in Law and Development programme has a mandatory component of
dissertation writing. The dissertation is a critical component of the LL.M curriculum and
provides an important opportunity for students to be exposed to the methods and skills
essential for scholarly academic writing based on interdisciplinary research. The
dissertation process spans across both semesters, and the final output will be a
substantial written work of around ten thousand words, of publishable quality.
Dissertation topics have included “The Viability of the Uniform Civil Code”, “The Doctrine
of Consideration in Indian Contract Law’’, “Analysing Notions of Development in
Environmental Decisions of the Supreme Court”.
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